Friday, April 20, 2012

Atlantic Magazine - Why the U.S. Economy Is Biased Against Men

A must read article - plus these supporting documents - Women, Money, and Bias,   2010 American Time Use Survey.

Among the time use stats I found interesting:
  • among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked longer than women--8.2 hours compared with 7.8 hours. Typically the feminist excuse for women working less is that they go on to do their "2nd shift" of domestic drudgery and obligatory childcare - but these stats show how much these tasks are now shared.  As well, fewer women are having children - or at least have fewer children - so this aspect would be captured as well.
  • women spent an average of 2.6 hours on household activities and while men 2.1 hours per day. 
  • women spent 5 1/2 hrs on secondary childcare of 6 to 12 yrs old and men 4.0 hrs per day. [see Table 10]
  • finally, we should remember that the reason for developing such stats in the first place was to understand how much time is dedicated to generating PAID WORK ACTIVITY - preparing for it, getting there, etc. Determining childcare and leisure was an afterthought. Also, they are very broad averages determined from surveys and for that reason alone, these stats must be used with extreme care to infer wide generalizations about families and individuals behaviors.

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