‘Useless stay-at-home men’ a female myth

The Observer, Sunday 22 November 2009

Working women who claim partners don’t pull their weight do so to feel more feminine and in charge in the home

If there is one thing on which many working mothers agree, it is that their partners do not pull their weight on the domestic front. But research to be published this week reveals that men are being unfairly accused and working women are advancing the myth of the “useless man” so they can feel more feminine. “Working women who provide the majority of the household’s income to the family continue to articulate themselves as the ones who ‘see’ household messes and needs as a way to retain claims to an element of a traditional feminine identity,” said Dr Rebecca Meisenbach, whose research paper, The Female Breadwinner, will be published this week in the journal Sex Roles