Domestic Labour = housework, childcare and paid work. Do men and women share domestic tasks equally? ‘Instrumental’ & ‘Expressive’ Roles’ Nuclear Family – nice and functional! Husbands role = achieving success at work, financially supporting the family, very traditional! Wife’s role = primary socialising the children, looking after the house, the home-maker. To achieve success at work To provide financial support for the family To be a ‘Breadwinner’ The Primary socialisation of the children Meeting the family’s emotional needs A ‘home-maker’ Men and Women are ‘biologically’ I disagree! Why amsoI it’s only suited to these roles biologically suited natural that men are the to breadwinners and women the stay at home stay at are home? wives. More men are becoming involved in domestic duties More women are choosing a career instead of becoming a housewife What do feminists argue about Parsons view? Segregated Conjugal roles very traditional - like Parsons view Men = breadwinner Women = Housewife The jobs are not shared Joint Conjugal roles Husband and Wife both share responsibility for: paid work childcare domestic chores Segregated Conjugal Roles Husband = Breadwinner – once home from work, he can relax. Wife = housekeeper, cook, parent, wife, etc. She will not go out to work. Joint Conjugal Roles Husband & Wife = Breadwinners, parents, share domestic chores etc. A more modern family type! Young and Willmot (1973) Reasons for the rise of the symmetrical family Changes of women’s position in society Geographical mobility New technology Better standards of living Marxist-feminists argue that housewives by cooking, washing her husband’s clothes and even sleeping with him makes her partner into a more productive worker. Marxist-feminists believe in addition that by producing and rearing children, at no cost to employers, housewives play a vital part in the reproduction of labour.