Gender inequality has always caught my attention and quite frankly annoyed me. I chose this subject because I have always noticed that men and women’s home lives are always different and I wanted to find out why. I wanted to see which gender has more personal time and what activities each gender considered to be personal time.
I believe that the results of my survey will show that men and women have completely different definitions for what personal time is to them. I think that most men will choose activities that benefit them by being relaxing, or doing something that they enjoy, and that most women will choose things like housework and taking care of the kids. I also believe that men will have more personal time I general than women do.
Men and women do not have the same amount of personal time nor do they see eye to eye on what personal time is.
History tells us that it is a women’s job to take care of the home while the men work and pay the bills.
Men and women have different preferences in how they spend their personal time, where women’s personal time is more family-orientated and homebound and men generally have more independent personal time.
Mothers are less capable of distancing themselves from the care taker role, and because of this, they may enjoy personal time less and have less time to spend relaxing and doing things for themselves.
Men have almost an entire hour a day more than women to spend on personal time however, most men do not consider household duties as personal time like most women do. So if women would take household duties off their personal time activities list, their actual hours of personal time would significantly drop. Thus, men have a considerably higher amount of personal time.
Most women do the household duties within the home. It’s funny that men see them as work, and women see them as personal time, but yet men still don’t help the women complete these tasks. More men need to step up and help the women with these responsibilities so that women can have just as much personal time as men do and create gender equality within the home. This would also set a great example for children, so that they can grow up and continue with this way of living.
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