There’s a fair bit of media coverage of a study from UWS about “career” women and attitudes to housework, apparently all generated from one AAP stringer’s summary.
Sample headlines (and the pic chosen by the SMH to plug the piece):
- Career women enjoy doing household work
- Housework not a dirty word
- Majority of Working Women Like to Perform Household Tasks
- Working Aussie women refusing to share workload at home
- Some career women still enjoy doing household chores
[insert usual caveats of not mistaking journalistic spin for what the researchers actually wrote]
Results found most would rather do the cooking and laundry themselves than get someone else to do it.
Eighty-five per cent of them said that they didn’t want their partner to help out with the laundry, as they caused mistakes like mixing delicate clothing with jeans.
However, nearly 50 per cent made it clear they would pay for a cleaner if they could afford to and 18 per cent said they would be happy to have some else to do the ironing.
What about scrubbing surfaces? Vacuuming? Cleaning toilets? What did these career women (all apparently from the east coast of Oz from households earning >90K p.a. say about their feelings on these more strenuous tasks? The articles don’t say.
Apparently some of the respondents said they do get pleasure from housework, but there’s no detail in the media reports to tease out whether that pleasure comes from the process or from the result. Gee, a clean tidy house – I wonder whether career men just might possibly also get pleasure from the fact that the housework that ensures this pleasant environment has been done (by elves perhaps)?
The study itself may be far more rigorous and interesting than how its being spun. But the spin is pretty repulsive.
TMI time: I do housework badly because I hate it. I enjoy cooking when I’m in the mood, but I’m not the only cook in the house. I buy clothes I don’t need to iron, and only iron other people’s clothes in a rare timecrunch crisis. I want the elves.