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Spain May Make Its Kids Do Chores

Proposed legislature also includes mandate to 'respect teachers'

(Newser) - Is it a daily battle to get your kids to do their chores? You may want to move to Spain, where parliament on Friday approved a bill that would make children legally obliged to do housework—and more, BBC News reports. If the bill becomes law, those under the age... More »

Women, Stop Doing Your Chores

Women have to accept dirt to get real equality: Stephen Marche

(Newser) - Women, it's time to leave a nice big mess. That the conclusion of Stephen Marche, who grieves the fact that most US domestic duties still fall on women, and men are doing about the same amount of housework they did in 1985. If this can't be solved, let'... More »

Men, Women Equal With One Exception: Cleaning

Jessica Grose calls housework 'the final feminist frontier'

(Newser) - The world is becoming more egalitarian, with men doing a much larger share of things like cooking and childcare these days. "It’s seen as socially admirable and masculine for a man to be on diaper duty or to sous-vide a steak," writes Jessica Grose, whose own husband... More »

America Is So Fat Because We Don't ... Clean as Much?

At-home women burn 360 fewer calories a day on housework than in 1965

(Newser) - Could spending less time on housework be making Americans fatter? A study of American women's cleaning habits from 1965 to 2010 shows that the amount of time spent on housework by non-working women fell nearly in half, from 25.7 hours a week to just 13.3 hours, while... More »

Couples Who Share Chores Have More Sex

Housework amps up your spouse, but why?

(Newser) - More housework equals more sex, a new study shows, though watchers are split on why that is. Two answers quickly spring up: For one, active folks tend to pour their energy into all pursuits. “This group of go-getters seem to make sex a priority,” a researchers tells the... More »

Women's Workforce Equality Comes at a Price

(Newser) - At long last, women hold more than 49% of American jobs in this country, and 50% is in reach. But hold the confetti, writes Ellen Goodman of the Boston Globe. It's happening "because men are losing their jobs even faster than women." Last year, men took home eight... More »

Hubbies Cost 7 Hours of Extra Housework a Week

But wives spend less time on chores than they once did

(Newser) - Husbands create seven hours a week of extra housework for their wives, while they themselves spend less time on housework than they did as singles, a new study has found. But it's not all bad news for women. Researchers tracking housework hours of single and married people also found that... More »

Cleaners May Trigger Asthma

Common household products blamed for 1 in 7 cases

(Newser) - Cleaning products with bleach and air fresheners may cause asthma, or aggravate symptoms, even if those products are used only once a week, according to new research. As many as 1 in 7 asthma cases may be caused by exposure to household cleaners, says a study in the American Journal ... More »

Obama Does Housework

Candidate works with a home health care worker for a day

(Newser) - Barack Obama mopped, dusted, and made breakfast for an elderly amputee yesterday as a precondition for gaining endorsement from the powerful Service Employees Union. Accompanied by a throng of photographers, Obama helped a caregiver perform her daily duties, and did his best to please. "Is this the way he... More »

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