According to the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, modern men are doing more household chores than ever before in the history of mankind.
Just kidding. Here's what the researchers actually found:
1. Men spend an average of 13 hours a week on household chores -- a 7-hour increase from the men of 1976.
Unfortunately . . .
2. Men also create 7 hours of housework for women each week. Much of this extra housework is described by the U. Mich researchers as "emotional labor" -- things like buying birthday cards, planning vacations, making dinner reservations and scheduling doctor appointments.
So what does this mean for women?
Well, as usual, women are fucked. As one Daily Doo reader tells it:
[My husband] cleans the kitchen a couple times a week - which is great, don't get me wrong. But if you saw the faces he pulls while he's doing it you'd think I was running a one-man gulag. Sometimes I'll call him Cinderfella, or I'll ask him:
"why the long face?" Which is kinda mean of me
because his face is actually freakishly long. His
parents used to call him Horsehead.
Yes, as men look back on the days when their fathers sat expectantly at the head of the table while they had their meat cut up for them - the days when wives beamed with pride and lavished praise if their husbands managed to direct their pee stream directly into the toilet bowl - women are still doing the same amount of housework as before, but with less of the credit. Ain't them the breaks?
But the good news is that women in all professions are finally being paid the same as their male counterparts.
Oh no, wait a minute. Shit. They aren't.