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Anything wrong with being a househusband? (Poll)

April 22, 2009

This topic has been sitting in my queue long enough so Earth day is as good time as any to let it out.

Guys and girls, I want your opinions.

If a guy decides to let the woman be the chief breadwinner of the family, what would you say?

The husband will naturally do the cooking, washing, cleaning, and looking after the kids.

If you disagree, do leave a comment and share your reasons. And do take time to take this poll.

(If you don’t see the “Vote” button, mouse over the bottom right area and watch your cursor. Polldaddy’s wonky sometimes.)

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2009 7:50 pm

    Mmmm not much difference actually. Nowadays, one can still earn a lot while at home. 🙂

  2. April 22, 2009 8:57 pm

    I will not prefer a househusband myself because I know for sure the character of a househusband is most probably a lazy fellow, also more like a butler and sissies. And like the traditional Chinese said this househusband earn a living through his wife and from his wife. A BIG No No for me.

  3. a n g e l e s permalink
    April 23, 2009 2:56 am

    good grief! some people here should grow up already! what is wrong with the wife being the sole breadwinner if she’s earning more than the man?

  4. April 23, 2009 7:29 am

    I don’t want a househusband becos I don’t want to be the domineering authoritative bossy wife taking control of the decisions of the household. The man should be more smart than the wife and not the other round.

  5. Damien permalink*
    April 23, 2009 8:10 am

    So far we have 13 yes’s and 4 noes. Thanks for the votes gals and guys. 😀

  6. LC Teh permalink
    April 23, 2009 1:10 pm

    I’d rather let circumstances make the decision here. Just be sure that that there’s someone taking care of bringing in the dough and the other taking the home minister’s job. Both must feel comfortable with the setting.

    Sometimes reality strikes and the hubbie gets retrenched. Wife is luckier, gets to keep her job. Suddenly the man of the house is the woman. Neither is comfortable with it but have no choice. It could happen if the recession drags on.

  7. LC Teh permalink
    April 24, 2009 9:33 am

    I think the age old mind-set of man being the hunter/gatherer and woman being the home-maker, needs a makeover. It should be a flexible arrangement, not held in marked domains in the household.

    I like the western way of reciting marriage vows which states “for richer or poorer, in sickness or in health…”. And when you really believe in all that union thing you’ll see the family unit as one entity. When there is a shortfall in one area, anyone can pit in and lend support in whatever capacity. Doesn’t mean that if you’re the man but you lost the cheese you’re useless and if you’re the woman and you can’t cook & clean you’re out of your department.

    After living more than half-way through it, I see that in life nothing is set in stone.

    The US is a funny place. You can get culture shock just flying from Kansas to NYC, LOL. Household roles can be hilarious at so many levels. Even if a couple can accept reversed roles, the in-laws may not. Although the in-laws may accept it, the community may not. Although the community may acept it, their belief system may not. And so on and so forth. But I do believe there are some primitive cultures where the roles are reversed. I just can’t recall which one right now.

  8. LC Teh permalink
    April 24, 2009 4:16 pm

    Here’s a little enlightening piece on family roles.

    Thanks for the link. It did not associate role with gender, being western published. If it was written in China, I bet you’ll see a clear separation of responsibility based on gender, the paternal society that it is.

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