Is being a housewife an extension of the roles within being a couple?
I believe that house responsibilities should be shared. John Lennon spent several years as a house-husband, and seemed to like the role. In this day and age, many 'wives' work outside the home to increase household income. Doing the housework doesn't tend to pay cash, and that is also a factor in one person taking it all on.
I think each couple defines the roles in their relationship. For some couples being a housewife would be an acceptable extension of the roles they define. Other couples may want to split household duties while they both work. I think although times have changed, women are still expected (though not always) to do most of the housework and child rearing. For my husband an I, my being a housewife is an extension of the role we have defined for me.
It depends on the relationship between the couples and it also depends upon their culture. In olden times in India, the men were considered the head of household, and the women took care of the home and the children. However, as India has become somewhat more Westernized, women are working as well as the men.
In the US, it really depends on the relationship of the couple. If the husband/boyfriend is not working, usually he takes care of the kids or at least helps out with housework around the house and vice versa with the women. However, there are men who expect their wives/girlfriends to take care of everything even though the women work to provide income for the family.
That is a great question.
I would say so because the traditional tasks of a "housewife" is to care/maintain the home. Those responsibilities should be shared by a couple to strengthen their relationship and demonstrate respect for one another. I work from home and frequently take on the housewife role and, I must admit, enjoy it.
When the kids were little, I stayed home to take care of them because my husband made more money than I did. Now that we both work, we share the chores. He turned out to be a better cook than me!!
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