The sky is falling, the sky is falling!! Women are spending less time on housework and this is BAD!!!
No, no. Let’s be real. If the amount of time women spends doing housework has fallen it probably means we have better appliances and products, helping husbands or help in general. Its a good thing, not the negative thing she makes it out to be. Its like whoever does more cleaning is more holier. It does not mean we have lower standards. If women are spending less time and still getting the task done, this is good.
In fact, here is the real hoot, just a few days ago Lori said this and contradicts herself:
She admits just days ago that appliances make our lives easier and makes cleaning not take long at all and now today she is on about how keeping a house tidy is a full time job! Complains that women taking half the time to do housework must mean women are lazy and that our standards have fallen when again a few days ago she acts as if its a great thing that it doesn’t take a ton of energy and therefore less time to keep a home tidy. This is classic Lori. The story is always changing based on her message or agenda for the day.
Lori doesn’t say where her statistics are from, so I found this:
-From 2003 to 2015, the share of women doing housework on an average day decreased
from 54 percent to 50 percent. The average time per day women spent doing housework
declined from 58 minutes in 2003 to 52 minutes in 2015. (See table 1.)
Women between the ages of 18 and 64 spent 18 fewer hours on housework each week in 2005 than they did in 1900. However, men aged 18-to-64 took up much of the slack, spending about 13 more hours on housework in 2005 than in 1900.
Surprisingly, while electricity, running water, and washing machines probably increased household output and reduced the drudgery of household tasks, they had little impact on the time spent on housework before 1965. After 1965, however, time spent by housewives fell by another seven hours, and virtually none of the additional decline could be explained by changes in household composition.
This second link actually contradicts Lori’s uncited studies. It suggests overall that times spent homemaking as a whole hasn’t much changed at all over 100 years. Rather instead of time spent cleaning we spend that time doing other fruitful things around the house such as home repair projects (maybe because husband is too busy and we youtube it up to figure it out) homeschooling, pinterest crafts. Also for the time decrease women spent, the time men spent increased, netting it all out in the end. In other words, it doesn’t mean the “doom and gloom” women are all lazy with unhygienic homes these days.