Work and home: Part 3
As I have been looking at work and home this week, I thought the following piece of research was quite relevant to include. A longitudinal study that has been conducted by the University of Queensland since the 1990's has found the following:
- 41% of those interviewed endorsed the male breadwinner model in 2005, compared to 29.6% in 2001.
- 74% of women in 2005 thought at-home mothers were better for children compared to 57% in 2001.
Janeen Baxter (who conducted the research) said "...shows the trend towards more liberal views on work and family has stalled and in some cases reverses ...... these developments may not be sufficient to warrant the term 'backlash' but they indicate some rethinking of the goals of the feminist movement for equal opportunity".
The only question to buck the trend was the increased numbers who believed that if both the husband and wife work, they should share equally in the housework and childcare.
The study found men were consistently more conservative than women, However, those born after 1980 appeared to be more conservative than the group born between 1960-1979.
I thought this was very interesting and look forward to reading the entire research when it is released. After years of being told by the feminist movement that women can have it all, some are saying "NO, that's is wrong" (and probably tired of being dictated to by these women), however I do wonder if those who have indicated that it is better for women to be at home with their children are unable to make that change due to financial commitments they are now locked into.
Of course the feminist movement will hate this result and come up with some reason why women are becoming more conservative in their views, perhaps blaming women themselves for wanting to go "back in time" (making a bad choice) rather than accepting the fact that feminism has run its course and women, younger women, are saying no to their ideology.
However the feminists won't stop trying as seen in the latest book by Gloria Fledt who wants women to: “cut it out” and get back to work rather than spend their time nurturing their children. Feldt worries that women opting out confirms a stereotype — that many women actually want to spend time raising their children after they are born — that the feminists have been working so hard to shatter.
How frightened they must be that "women actually want to spent time raising their children" - what planet is she from . . . . At least we know that the Word of God is clear on what is expected of mothers and fathers and we don't need women like Fledt to tell us how to live our lives.
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