27 - Conclusion: The Paths to Equality

Francine M. Deutsch, Ruth A. Gaunt, Madison E. Richards

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The concluding chapter describes the equal sharers as nonconformists, resisters of gendered norms, and recounts the social criticism that their lifestyle can evoke. The chapter identifies factors across diverse cultures that enable this resistance. They include couples’ conscious adoption of egalitarian principles and insistence that they be put into practice, which often entails women’s sense of entitlement to equality, and their ongoing communication with their partners. In addition, anti-essentialist beliefs, familism, and anti-materialism underwrite their equality. Lessons from their families of origin, whose lives they either imitate or reject also encourage their resistance to gendered norms. Finally, the chapter enumerates the rewards equal sharing provides for men, women, marriage/partnership, and children.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreating Equality at Home
Subtitle of host publicationHow 25 Couples around the World Share Housework and Childcare
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781108597319
ISBN (Print)9781108708845
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • anti-essentialism
  • anti-materialism
  • domestic labor
  • families of origin
  • familism
  • feminism
  • gender equality
  • gender ideology
  • nonconformity
  • resistance to social norms
  • socialization


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