Rationalising inequality: heterosexual couples' explanations and justifications for the division of housework along traditionally gendered lines

@article{vanHooff2011RationalisingIH,
  title={Rationalising inequality: heterosexual couples' explanations and justifications for the division of housework along traditionally gendered lines},
  author={Jenny van Hooff},
  journal={Journal of Gender Studies},
  year={2011},
  volume={20},
  pages={19 - 30}
}
This paper examines the explanations and justifications offered by dual-career heterosexual couples in defence of an unequal division of housework within their relationships. The article draws on individual semi-structured interviews conducted with 12 couples aged between 20 and 35, identified as a sample of the population that has the resources to capitalise on modern opportunities for gender equality in heterosexual relationships. Although all of the couples claim to aspire to equality, this… 

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