A new study entitled “Making Money, Doing Gender, or Being Essentialist? Partner Characteristics and Americans’ Attitudes Toward Housework,” shows that same sex couples still fall into typical gender roles when determining housework.
Indiana University surveyed over 1,000 people and determined that partners in a same sex couple still stereotyped the division of household chores based on societal norms. When the homosexual survey participants were asked to divide up and assign tasks between them and their partners, the results were surprisingly traditional.
The stereotypically female tasks such as cooking, cleaning, caring for children, etc. were given to the more “feminine” partners, while the stereotypically male tasks such as taking care of the maintenance of the home, taking out the trash, etc. were given to the more “masculine” partners.
“People relied on information about gender to guide their beliefs about what people should be doing,” said sociologist Natasha Quadlin, of Indiana University. “Surprisingly, that theme extended to same-sex couples.”
The survey found that 66% of respondents assigned the more feminine partner to do grocery shopping and 61% believed that partner should prepare meals as well, while 58% assigned the feminine partner the tasks of cleaning and laundry as well.
Regarding the masculine counterpart, 67% of respondents assigned them the car maintenance tasks and all outdoor chores.
“Even in same-sex couples where there are not sex differences between partners,” Quadlin said, “people use gender differences as a way to approximate sex differences.”
Do you think this ultimately fair? Do you fall into the same stereotypes within your own relationship?