Originally Posted by Manton
you need to read the new yorker profile of sheryl sandberg
Care to sum up?
Originally Posted by mgm9128
Well, if this is true, then there is hope.
The problem lies within the fact that such an overwhelming majority of the population can no longer afford to subsist on a single income. This causes problems that reach far outside of the kitchen.
Learning to cook again--making it a priority, which it should be--and actually sitting down as a family once more, would, in my opinion, be a step in the right direction.
I think it's less important that a parent (mom or dad) cook at home, and far more important that families sit down to eat together (or do something
together for an hour or so a day). If that means getting pizza or Chinese take-out, whatever. That said, home cooking can be much healthier and can help pass on cultural heritage. Growing up, my family ate a homecooked meal nearly every night of the week. Yes, my mother did most of the cooking--but not because anybody was oppressing her into it. In fact, my dad liked to cook, but my mother kept him out of the kitchen.
While I don't think it should automatically be either partner's role to cook, there are lots of often-discussed reasons for why women appear to embrace domestic work more than men do. I recently read an interesting article about a survey revealing that women do the majority of the house work even where they work equal hours outside the home compared to their husbands. It turns out, however, that the majority of the women who reportedly did more work around the house do so because they prefer to do it themselves, lest their dimwitted husbands eff things up.
Things are changing and domesticity may be on the rise, with a corresponding return to traditional gender roles, but the underlying reasons and circumstances have changed too.