The real reason men don’t do the housework
University of Cambridge academics believe men and women perceive what they see in different ways, dubbed the ‘affordance theory’
Could be true, could be. Of course they insist it’s all about socialisation and the idea that it’s capitalism to blame can’t be far behind.
Women do most of the chores around the home because men do not see mess in the same way, University of Cambridge academics believe.
While men will look at a pile of dishes in the sink or crumbs on the counter as a mess, women view it as a job in need of doing and feel an urge to do so.
This comes from a deep-rooted social training which wires the brains of men and women differently from a young age, it is thought.
Females are instilled with an instinctive urge to tidy if they see clutter, whereas men never get this compulsion and are therefore able to look at a pile of laundry in a messy room without feeling a need to fix it.
This, the philosophers say, leads to a “Catch-22” situation where a woman is trapped between doing the chores as soon as possible and also ensuring she is not solely shouldering the domestic burden.
Well, if it’s instinctive then it’s not socialised into them. It’s instinctive.
But we can get to the same place with instinct. Assume at least some gender difference. Humans, like other mammals, are not tabulae rasae (?). Some part of our behaviour is that interaction of genes and hormones. So, the hunter gatherer split, the make a nest and the go out of it to return triumphantly bit. So, make a nest bit. More worried about sweeping the dust out of the corner of the cave. Shrug.
At least this leads to the possibility of a grand theory. For it would also explain why women know the difference between taupe and magenta. Will discuss that difference for hours when considering the living room walls. Will give us a guide as to why the furniture layout takes hours to figure out back to the original placings.
Build a nest is part of the make a woman kit.