Women may, at least, have been given a compelling argument to make their partners do their share of the housework. For the most of the women around the world, housekeeping is like being caught in a revolving door. Similar to most couples, the men share the joys of living while the women do most of the work and the men appreciate it! An Indian woman may have stepped out f the threshold and bee given the liberty to choose and carve out a career for her but one job she can never escape is being a housemaid. Scientists have discovered that men could live longer if they did more chores. Slacking over housework and shirking child-care responsibilities is bad for their health and even leads them to die of boredom.
For men, household work is uninteresting and unimportant. In other words, men are unlikely to do a household task just for the good of the house. The average man has a carefully cultivated ignorance about household matters- from what to do with the crumbs to the grocers telephone number. So the million- dollar question- how do you get your man to do his share of the housework? MPs in Spain have drawn up a marriage contract for use in civil ceremonies that obliges men to share household chores and the care of children and elderly family members.
We in India may not see any such law and, as a working woman or a housewife, we face this question the hard way- and which finally ends in an argument or a fight with the husband. In our times, men were not so egoistic, says my grandmother who is now 89. I still remember your grandmother helping me to grind the masalas for curries, drying the papadams, and making the pickles. It was a time we could be close. His accidental touch, or a meaningful glare it was all very romantic. But today its rare to find who is as focused on household chores as his wife is.
Researchers studied 200 men of all ages, revealed that they tend to spend a large part of their spare time on unhealthy activities such as watching TV and playing computer games. Boredom soon sets in- leading to comfort eating, smoking and drinking to excess. This, in turn, increases the risk of obesity and diabetes and the killer conditions associated with them including heart attacks and strokes.