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A recent study in Norway suggests that married couples who split the household duties evenly are more likely to divorce. But why is that the case?
In this article published at NorthwestOhio.com, study co-author Thomas Hansen posits, "Modern couples are just that, both in the way they divide up the chores and in their perception of marriage....In these modern couples, women also have a high level of education and a well-paid job, which makes them less dependent on their spouse financially. They can manage much easier if they divorce." How interesting I find it that Mrs. Andelin wrote essentially the same thing as far back as 1963, which can be found on pages 316-20 in the latest version of Fascinating Womanhood.
I have my own humble little theory to add to that of Mrs. Andelin and Mr. Hansen. Please let me explain. I could be completely mistaken, but I believe that when women become less invested in their homemaking, it's easier for them to walk away. After all, if the husband can do the job just as well, why couldn't a maid service or the children or some long-suffering relative? The home doesn't need her special touch, her unique style. Taking care of the home becomes utilitarian (one of the great downfalls of our world, I believe) and, therefore, a matter of mechanics rather than a matter of heart. Too, when we ladies care for our families and homes, we tend to invest ourselves emotionally in the people and the places over whom and which we exert care. Breaking up that family or leaving that home becomes even more difficult for the one who has given blood, sweat, and tears to care for a group of people and their dwelling place.
Just a thought ;-)
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