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In many countries nowadays, more and more women have full-time jobs as men. There is a logic that men and women should share the housework tasks equally. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Traditionally women’s job is to take care of children and do all the housework, while men are responsible for earning the bread and butter. But this is no longer the case in many modern societies where women make the same contribution to family income. Then some feminists argue for equal treatment at home including sharing the same amount of housework with their husband.
I certainly can see the reasons for this proposal. Women, especially those educated ones walk out of their home and dedicate their time and wisdom to their society in addition to their family. They work as hard as men and play equal roles as men do at workplaces. Some of them even take leading places in their profession or expertise. Meanwhile they earn as much money as their counterpart, which gives them power and justification to voice their rights for equal status out of and in domestic domain.
However, gender equality does not necessarily mean the absolutely same amount of housework to be done by a couple. Females and males have distinctive inherited features physically and mentally, which means what they are good at is not in the same expertise. For example, women are more patient and detail-focused, and therefore can better take care of their babies, while men perform better where energy is required. Obviously it is less efficient if the husband and the wife share the task of cooking. Even if the housework is shared but differentiated according to different tasks, there would be another problem. In what way do we weigh the amount of housework? Is it fair to say that an hour of cooking equals an hour of repairing work? In addition, even though there are many women working full time, men basically are the main bread makers, taking more stress from work and devoting more time to their career. Hence, it is not valid to allocate them equal amount of work around house.
To summarize my thought, there is no doubt that sexual equality should be approved but it should not be interpreted as the absolutely same time and amount of allocation of housework. Genuine gender fairness is the mutual respect and trust between the opposite genders, which would lead a couple to domestic harmony.