Tuesday, November 23, 2004

1981 barefoot and pregnant. 2004 cashed up and exercising choice.

In a new 20-year report Diversity and Change in Australian Families
by the Australian Institute of Family Studies it has been found that since 1981, the role of women within the family has changed significantly.

"Since 1981 there has been a decline in the percentage of traditional male breadwinner couple families and a rise in female breadwinner families. In 2002, 81% of men in couple families were the main breadwinners, compared with 91% in 1981."
"There is still evidence of the view in much of the community that for women, children should be a more important priority than employment."
I can tell by the quote above that Tony Abbott, Christopher Pyne and John Howard were interviewed.
Unfortunately, these men are also have the power to take us (as women) back to the lack of self-determination in the 1950's.

7 Comments:

Blogger Flute said...

Beware of stats!

Apart from that truly dreadful rate of female "breadwinners", is the fact that in 1966, 32% of females were in full time employment. By 1999 this had skyrocketed to 34%.

See more thoughtsAustralians let us all rejoice, for female domestic and part time labour, is near enough free.

Anyway, I have to get back to my masculinity crisis.

11:23 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

Advaaaaaaaaaaaaaance me moiiiiiii fair shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaare!

Tell ya, Flutie, these damn uppity women... one of these days they're gonna want PAID for bein' preggy and changing nappies and stuff.

Goddammit Suki, get back in the kitchen and get them shoes orf. And could I perhaps persuade you to bare your ovaries for a minute or three? It's for Australia, luv.

-weez

5:49 am  
Blogger suki said...

What I don't understand is how feminism has become so unpopular amoungst the young women. My 19-year old girlchild, and all her female friends, do not lament sexual inequality.

They are more observant of class based inequality issues than gender ones.

Perhaps they have been spared the blunt sexism and misogyny that my generation endured. Mothers such as me and a society that espouses political correctness has 'hidden' the issue. Moreover, they are the girls that are draped over cars and waving pom poms.

Yet everyone of them would do well to read The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolfe.

*sigh*
It remains my greatest failing as a mother and a woman.

5:53 am  
Blogger Flute said...

Not a failing, just prevailing cultural influence. Often women who have "made it" forget the barriers they have crossed by skill or fortune and assume that all women can acheive the same.

Look around at and compare the men who have "made it" against the women. Imbalance.

10:57 pm  
Blogger Jellyfish said...

great picture. good post. very enjoyable site!

4:16 pm  
Blogger Rantz said...

The Suki who wrote "*sigh* It remains my greatest failing as a mother and a woman" is not a failure. Moreover, said Suki couldn't be a failure as said Suki has the wisdom to write such thoughts.

Sorta like Mr Adams thanking God, knowwhatImean [said in a Bill Mac kindaway]?

11:03 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Sir,
Given that you know said girlchild
I thank you.

7:23 am  

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