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the unwaged labour involved in maintaining the household and its members, such as cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing. In most modern societies, this work is privatized and feminized. Housework is concerned with the physical rather than the emotional tasks of caring for family members. Women, assumed to be ‘natural’ CARE givers, typically undertake both roles. see DOMESTIC LABOUR.

What does it mean when you dream about housework?

Dreaming about housework can simply be a reflection of our everyday tasks. Otherwise, it can refer to “getting our house together,” or cleaning out the things that no longer serve us.

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Research Question 1: What housework (amount and type) do you complete in a typical day?
Advances in technology also meant the housework she does do is likely to be lighter than in past.
This is a belief by some women - and our study shows it's still rife - that men are unable to complete housework to an acceptable standard.
As it goes, a fellow named Josh Katz reviewed data from the American Time Use Survey and compared how much housework and caregiving "nonemployed'' Americans do.
Women are no longer trapped in the home - they can go out to work then come back and start the housework.
The pressure to constantly keep on top of housework appears to have women across the UK crying out for a household wingman - and that's where Flash comes in!
In 2013, for example, a study revealed that the average weekly housework time for women was 17 hours, compared with just under six hours for men.
They found that couples who shared housework were more sexually satisfied and had more sex.
Importantly, occupational sex composition is largely unrelated to housework for single men or women," says McClintock, suggesting that "occupation influences housework through interactions and negotiations between romantic partners.
Examining data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, McClintock also found that, when married or cohabiting women work in traditionally female jobs, they increase the amount of time they spend on housework, compared to when they are employed in heavily-male occupations, while their husbands or partners decrease the amount of time they spend on this type of activity.
The research, done by University of Notre Dame Sociologist Elizabeth Aura McClintock, shows that when married or cohabiting men are employed in heavily female occupations, like teaching, childcare work, or nursing, they spend more time doing housework, compared to when they are employed in traditionally male jobs.
For example, Albanesi and Olivetti (2009) propose a model where firms are subject to incentive compatible constraints due to their imperfect monitoring of workers' effort (a moral hazard problem) and of hours of housework (an adverse selection problem).