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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  1. This is a very informative post, Jo. I know that you have a heart to be home and I have prayed in the past that God would sustain you and if it is His Will, that He would grant you the opportunity to be home!

    I actually don't know many women who have a career that would rather be home. I think it depends on the region of the U.S., but here most women believe in working outside the home. That is partially due to the fact that we live in a place where it is difficult to live on one income.

  2. I reckon it is true that women are seeing more and more the lies of feminism and are wanting to be home with their children if possible. Both my girls are stay at home mums, and while they might return to work in the future they, and partners, are committed to them being home while the children are small. And the little guys are reaping the benefit. One of my girls worked at a Day Care Centre and used to be heart broken at the little six week old babies coming in when Mum went back to work.

  3. Well Jo, another interesting post on this topic. I worked part~time for several years at the school my older kiddies attended & frankly it was a nightmare. It was exhausting & I had no energy to run my home! Feminism is a rort. You can't have it all. Something has to give & all too often it's the kids because they are the least able to articulate their needs.

    I only know onehigh powered career woman who loves her job & has enough energy to do it all. MOst of us have to sacrifice something. I don't think it should be our kids.

  4. This is a very interesting subject... I read somewhere (don't remember where) that more women in Australia are returning to home duties than any other country. Maybe it has something to do with our welfare system? I'm not sure, but I'm all for it! I've certainly found that the more time that passes, the less *looks* and comments I get when people find out I stay home (and homeschool) - it seems to be becoming much more acceptable (Dan says the same thing from the people he talks to through work etc)...
    Interesting. :)

  5. Amen to your closing statements Jo...

    I agree wholeheartedly with Ganeida's comments too...

  6. What great new trends! My daughter-in-law will love this...she gets so tired of the feminist propaganda.

    After 27 years of parenting and home schooling my children, I can say, even though it would help us financially right now, I am glad I made the choice to stay home. I have had a home business off and on, but I am glad we made the sacrifices for me to be at home with our children...I have no regrets...maybe less material items, but no regrets


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