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Chore Wars: An Unnecessary Conflict

It’s an age-old conundrum, and every married couple will battle it: chore wars, as Ruth Davis Konigsberg dubs it in her recent Time Magazine article of the same title. Who should be doing what? Is perfect equality between the sexes attainable with regard to household responsibility? And really, WHO IS GOING TO DO THE DISHES?! Konigsberg begins her article by voicing a frustration many working mothers may find relatable: “Do I have to do everything?” Coming home from the office only to find more (unpaid!) work waiting for you at home seems unfair and unbalanced – what about the husbands? Do they get a free pass? But, Konigsberg counters, it’s not as unbalanced as you might think: “…it may come as a surprise to you, as it did to me, to discover that on balance, husbands and wives have never before had such similar workloads.” Now, more than ever, men are expected to be involved in child-rearing and the inner workings of the home, as well as continuing to bear financial responsibility. So, while women on the whole may still be …