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  •  I agree. (1+ / 0-)
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    schnecke21

    If I suggest that the emphasis should be campaigning for a greater degree of male homemakers specifically, it is because I believe both that we have a grand imbalance in this area, and a cultural perception of male homemakers that is slanted toward the negative. However, a greater degree of homemakers in general would still serve to bring wages up, as I posited earlier.

    Of course, this is all predicated on the notion that a breadwinner / homemaker arrangement is preferable.

    I like the sound of the arrangement you and your wife have devised. I suspect the popularity of such a model may well go up in the future, given the wholehearted embrace of flexible hours and teleworking by the Millennials.

    •  It's actually a very old arrangement going back (0+ / 0-)

      to the days before the industrial revolution.

      In the "old days", families were ecnomic units and people were more attached to their communities than today.

      It was before the time of "Dad went off to work".  There was a division of "women's work" and "mens' work" that wouldn't quite fit modern sensibilities.  On the other hand, fathers were generally responsible for seeing that boys got educated in the things a boy should know and be able to do, and ditto for mom and the girls.

      Breadwinners going off to the salt mines isn't exactly a new phenomenon, but, prior to the industrial revolution, it wasn't the expectation.

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      by dinotrac on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 02:12:57 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, absolutely. (0+ / 0-)

        I imagine it inevitable that a breadwinner / homemaker arrangement would develop once the industrial revolution decoupled work and home. (And personally, I'm glad to see that there is potential for this trend to be reversed; I'm a great believer in the importance of work / life balance.)

        Thanks for the fascinating insight, by the by. It's been most enlightening.

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