Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Women Wear the Pants(suit)

Check out this new poll about gender and power released last week by the Pew Research Center about who makes decisions at home. It got play in media outlets including USA Today, Today Show, ABC World News, and The Washington Post. Among the findings:
  • In 43% of all couples it’s the woman who makes decisions in more areas than the man.
  • By contrast, men make more of the decisions in only about a quarter (26%) of all couples.
  • About three-in-ten couples (31%) split decision-making responsibilities equally.
From Pew's website comes this zinger: "They say it’s a man’s world. But in the typical American family, it’s the woman who wears the pantsuit."

We've known this for a while now, but there is much in the study that also looks new. For instance, on a totally different topic related to gender and power, the survey asked whether people are more comfortable dealing with a man or with a woman in a variety of positions of authority – doctor, banker, lawyer, police officer, airline pilot, school teacher and surgeon. The answer? Well, public attitudes are mixed. Read all about it here.

12 comments:

anniegirl1138 said...

Real life is always different than what the preachers and politicians say it is.

Everything is relative even gender relations and roles.

Deborah Siegel said...

True true...hmmm.

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"The questions about who calls the shots in different realms of domestic life were asked of 1,260 respondents who were married or living as a couple. For each question, respondents were asked if they or their partner generally has the final say in decision-making. They were not explicitly asked whether they generally share decisions - though this response was recorded if it was volunteered. And it proved to be a very common response. About half of all respondents said that they jointly decide or that there's no fixed pattern when it comes to decisions about shared weekend activities and buying big things for the home. About four-in-ten said the same about deciding what to watch on television, and about one-in-three said the same about managing the household finances."
I found this compeltely interesting! thank you for posting.
Researchers recognize that the concrete behavior of individuals is a consequence of both socially enforced rules and values, and individual disposition, whether genetic, unconscious, or conscious. Some researchers emphasize the objective social system and others emphasize subjective orientations and dispositions.[citation needed]

Creativity may cause the rules and values to change over time. Cultures and societies are dynamic and ever changing, but there has been extensive debate as to how, and how fast, they may change. Such debates are especially contentious when they involve the gender/sex system, as people have widely differing views about how much gender depends on biological sex.

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Martina said...

In the Western world, historically, in that part of the world, women have worn dresses and skirt like garments while men have worn pants. During the late 1800s, women started to wear pants for industrial work. During World War II, women wore their husband's pants while they took on jobs, and in the 1970s, pants became especially fashionable for women. Today, pants are worn far more often than skirts by women, and many women wear pants almost all the time.
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Well, it reminded me of this joke...


A man boasts about his successful marriage.
“What’s your secret?” a friend asks.
“Simple division of labor,” the husband says. “I make all the big decisions; my wife makes all the small ones.”
“I don’t understand,” says his friend. “For instance?”
“For instance, my wife decides where I work, where we live, where the kids go to school, what we should eat, which TV show we should watch etc"
"So what decisions do you make?" asks the friend
"Only the big ones...whether US should withdraw from Iraq, should we bomb North Korea, whether Russia should be included into WTO" says the man

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