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Unformatted text preview: Part I: Question 1 During this course, we have examined changing family forms in relation to the changing roles of women (as mothers, wives and workers). In her book, The Second Shift , Hochschild showcased how women are adjusting to these evolving roles. Define the “second shift” and use three distinct examples from the book to show how couples are responding to the multiple roles of women. Then, drawing on chapter two, discuss the gender ideology concept. Finally, discuss the gender role dilemmas faced by the women in Lisa Belkin’s, “ The Opt-Out Revolution ,” New York Times. How are their experiences similar to and different from those of the women in The Second Shift ? Define… SECOND SHIFT – household caretaking – primarily performed by mothers after her own 9-5 job Possible Examples to use… 1. NANCY and EVAN HOLT • Nancy 7 years social worker • Evan warehouse furniture salesman • Nancy describes herself as “ardent feminist” – egalitarian (balance of work and home) • Evan – Nancy’s career OK if she can handle the family too • Resents asking Evan to help out with housework • Difficulty putting child to bed – “Nancy’s job” – fatigue interferes with sex life • Nancy – like a “single mother” • Evan doesn’t interact with son much • Little interaction between Nancy and Evan – attention on Joey • Weekends – father and son times – little affection from Joey toward Evan • Nancy – “Second-shift sensibility” continual attunement to the task of striking and restriking the right emotional balance between child, spouse, home, and job • First, o Nancy said she did – 80% housework, 90% childcare o Evan said Nancy did – 60% of housework, 70% childcare • Nancy proposed shared work – cooking, Evan disliked “schedules” o Evan kept forgetting…passive refusal • Conflict between their 2 gender ideologies o Nancy – wanted to be needed and appreciated at home and at work Wanted Evan to appreciate her for being a caring social worker, a committed wife, and a wonderful mother Wanted to care and appreciate Evan’s contributions at home – not just financial support – wanted to be married to a “new man” Ideology shaped by childhood? – mother was depressed being a housewife, father treated mother as a doormat o Evan – proud and happy to support Nancy as a social worker But he doesn’t see why he has to change his life to accommodate her Why should her decision to work require him to do housework? Thought that equality in the second shift meant a loss in his standard of...
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2008 for the course SOCI 169gm taught by Professor Pillitteri during the Fall '07 term at USC.
- Fall '07