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Men Do Less Housework Than Women Survey Says, Women Say 'I Told You So'

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Damn those gender roles sure die hard, or that stereotype about men being dirty is real talk. Either way, a new Bureau of Labor Statistics survey released on Wednesday reveals that men are still lightweights at helping out at home. Man up dude, gawd.


According to Time, the American Time Use Survey showed that 83 percent of women do some kind of “household activities” (read: cooking, cleaning, etc.) every day compared to men’s 65 percent. And when women are executing these activities, we spend more time doing our bits and bobs. When it comes to housework, like cleaning or laundry, only 19 percent of men are mopping and sweeping while 49 percent of women are, and 68 percent of women are cooking compared to 42 percent of men. But everybody likes to eat though, right? Humph.

Continuing down this path and it’s not surprising that women spend more time caring for their kids each day, if they have some, than men. What was surprising is employed men work longer hours than employed women, 53 minutes more. Time says this number reflects “women’s greater likelihood of working part-time." That said, this survey means victory for every woman whose man has said, "But I clean up too!" Not enough dude, not enough.


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One thing I've noticed is that even when "most" men do a cleaning activity, they blow donkey balls at it. Like, when I sweep, I sweep a spot for as long as it takes to get all the visible dirt and beyond, and I go to strange lands like "between the toilet and wall". I know a lot of men who will drag a broom across the middle of the floor once (forget the nooks and crannies), leave visible dirt behind, and say "I swept"—without even trying to sound like a smart-ass about it. They actually think they just did the work. And then when I point it out, they throw their hands up and cry about how they didn't learn this stuff or that I do it better. Of course I do it better, but it's not because I use my vagina to clean things. I CLEAN A THING UNTIL THE DIRT IS NO LONGER ON THE THING. I DON'T CARE IF YOU DO IT JUST LIKE ME. USE YOUR EYES. TO LOOK AT THE DIRT. DO A THING UNTIL THE DIRT IS GONE AND THEN YOU ARE DONE. IT'S NOT HARD.

I left the guy who didn't do any housework (and he didn't even have a job!), even when I would ask him to do specific things to help me out. And yes, sad burner man, I did all the lawn work, too. I broke up with another guy after two years because his apartment was so consistently filthy that no visitors could get comfortable there.

I. will. NOT. have. it.

My current boyfriend? He gets home, gives me a hug and kiss, and goes straight to the kitchen sink to do dishes and clean all the countertops while telling me about his day. When I come home from work, the bed is made. He shaves once or twice a week but I have yet to find a single hair of his in the sink. That's how you do your share, assholes. That's how you respect a woman. That's how you suck it up and be a man. Real men manage their shit and take responsibility for what's theirs. It's 2014, and like it or not your responsibilities include an equitable portion of quality housework.