I hate housework - you do the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again
28th September 2012
Michael Rowlands, a partner in the family team, reflects on the recent research on domesticity and divorce coming in from Norway.
“I hate housework. You do the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again”
Married couples in Norway might want to take note of Joan Rivers' slightly relaxed approach to domesticity. A recent study, “Equality in the House”, shows that in Norwegian households “the more a man does in the house, the higher the divorce rate”. Apparently, this is a reflection of the modern couple who run the risk of being so organised that their marriages are no longer spontaneous and intimate but more akin to a business relationship.
British men are perhaps more canny as another survey shows them to be ready to run this risk because here a larger share of domestic responsibility leads to a superior work life balance (“the quiet life”).
I like to think that all this shows that at last men are waking up to a new world with the pendulum swinging in their direction and that soon the words of Zsa Zsa Gabor
“I am an excellent housekeeper. Every time I get a divorce , I keep the house”
….will be banished for ever.