Alexis Coe at The Atlantic reports on sociologists’ finding that women who earn high wages do not necessarily outsource the cooking or cleaning at home either to paid employees or to their husbands or children.
Housework has a performative quality to it, and conforming to traditional gender norms may produce social and psychological rewards. This is true for that I’m a good wife,” she said. “Those expectations don’t fall on fathers and men.”
I work fewer hours than my wife, but if she sees me washing a big stack of dishes she’s still all too likely to engage in some sort of self-condemnation.