When I first read that the recession had hit men harder than women I didn’t think much about it. It made sense because the job fields least affected by the recession (education, government and health care) are dominated by women. Although probably not long-lasting, women are expected to be the majority employed gender in the next month according to the US Bureau of Labor and reported by USA Today.
What does this mean to the American culture in general and today’s men and women specifically? Francine Huff @ WalletPop wonders if there will be more househusbands. Although I’ve never seen the show referenced, “Househusbands of Hollywood“, I know a househusband.
In fact if your a regular reader, you know him too. Yep, Mr. Boomer is a househusband. He had already had his career when we met and was starting an early retirement. Cupid had other plans and marrying me meant raising two more kids. Since my job involved travel for days at a time and sometimes long hours, Mr. Boomer staying retired worked best for us.
Many men managing the household now might totally relinquish the role or move to a shared role with their partner once they are gainfully employed again. But some families might decide the husband staying home is the best solution for their family.
Does this mean that the breadwinner role is now gender-neutral? I hope so. More and more women were already outearning their partners before the recession. Now that the women have often been the primary wage-earner people may be getting used to it.
What about the role of household manager? Will this get rid of the idea of men’s work or women’s work? Again, I hope so! Mr. Boomer’s mom never could quite understand our situation even though it clearly made us both happy. I’m sure there are many other family members and friends that think the same way.
The important thing is that couples work together as a team no matter who earns the money or minds the home.
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