Well, I’ll be –. The gender gap in happiness. (ht-my blog-reader, a.)
“Since the 1960s, men have gradually cut back on activities they find unpleasant. They now work less and relax more. …
“These trends are reminiscent of the idea of “the second shift,” the name of a 1989 book by the sociologist Arlie Hochschild, arguing that modern women effectively had to hold down two jobs. The first shift was at the office, and the second at home.
“But researchers who have looked at time-use data say the second-shift theory misses an important detail. Women are not actually working more than they were 30 or 40 years ago. They are instead doing different kinds of work. They’re spending more time on paid work and less on cleaning and cooking.
“What has changed — and what seems to be the most likely explanation for the happiness trends — is that women now have a much longer to-do list than they once did (including helping their aging parents). They can’t possibly get it all done, and many end up feeling as if they are somehow falling short.”
I think the article unnecessarily belabours the point that “The Second Shift” allegedly misses. Women are still overall spending more time cleaning and cooking than men, and working to make money too.