Reports….. but no rock n roll

More on the housework debate from last week from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), who kicked off the whole debate with their report. Here’s a good quote, which underlines why feminism is good for men, and men could be good for feminism.

Feminism needs fathers. Childcare services, rather than tax relief for nannies or cleaners is the best way forward for a family friendly, more equal Britain.

The Guardian have also written about how the Conservatives may favour this view to get female voters on side. The budget should be interesting (well….. politically anyway!).

Here’s the report from the Fawcett Society that I wrote about yesterday. Grim reading, but if the Guardian are right might it tip the Coalition over the edge and influence their vote gaining strategy?

The IPPR also have a really interesting take on women in the boardrooms, with them taking a slightly different viewpoint than I expected for a centre-left thinktank. Good call though, there I certainly hope that perspectives in the board room change as well as gender.

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2 thoughts on “Reports….. but no rock n roll

  1. The Thrifty Mum says:

    The issue of working mums having to do the majority of the housework is a subject very close to my heart. I completely agree that in my experience for the vast majority of my friends and family who have children the division on labour ends up being split, unfairly, in this way.

    Reports such as this one, whilst appearing to support women, unhelpfully use language which compounds the problem. For example, saying that “…the Government was seriously considering Swedish style tax relief for working mothers to use domestic staff”. Oh well thank you The Government for giving us working mothers permission to sub-contract some of our duties. Domestic work is the responsibility of both partners, not just the mother. Talking in these terms just goes the further absolve working fathers of taking responsibility for household chores. Better to talk in terms of finding a solution as a family, not implying it is a problem for the mother to sort out.

  2. Slightly embarassed to admit I didn’t pick that up. Very good point.

    This article (www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/10/childcare-nanny-cleaner-housework-feminism) from Zoe Williams for the Guardian is quite interesting in terms of how she perceives and negotiates her relationship with her family’s nanny. It touches on the point of “background belief that household work is women’s work” and “I don’t see why it should be me outsourcing my maternal duties. We’re delegating our parental duties as a family”.

    Lots to ponder, let alone how language frames how we look at an issue. Cheers Thrifty Mum.

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