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Observational Ethnographic Study

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Divisions of household labour and child care, which have been argued to be markers of love and intimacy, differ to a great deal depending on a couple’s gender ideology. Greenstein (1996) undertook an important study drawing on existing qualitative data from the National Survey of Families and Households attained via interviews and surveys, to re-examine the relationship between equality and labour. Greenstein (1996) found that egalitarian women are less likely to do more housework than their partners and are more likely to perceive the division of household labour as unjust. Supporting this, Hochschild & Machung (1989) have noted that a couple’s gender ideology leads to the division of labour within the relationship. Moreover, findings from…show more content…
Even in today’s society we socially construct acceptable and unacceptable behaviour for men and women. O’Neill’s (2014) observational ethnographic study of the London seduction community concluded that men ultimately perceive women as a means to an end and the negative views men hold in regards to attaining women are a result of social sexual norms (Twamley & Faircloth 2015). Evidence from Woodiwiss (2014) and Conley et al (2013) adds support to this idea through finding the existence of a sexual double standard between men and women. A two-stage research study involving questionnaires and interviews on a number of sexually assaulted women conducted by Woodiwiss (2014) found that women are expected not to enjoy too much nor too little sexual behaviour. Conley et al (2013) added weight to this using accounts of students undertaking surveys and interviews finding that excessive sexual behaviour is synonymous with being ‘less intelligent’ and ‘less mentally healthy’ (Conley et al 2013: pp. 396). Based on this research it is clear that there is a disturbing and unjust relationship between gender equality and the socially acceptable behaviour expected of men and…show more content…
One notable advocate of this is Papp et al (2015), who using qualitative research methods including surveys found that indeed found support for the existence of a reverse double standard. On the whole however, the majority of research findings point to a sexual double standard discriminating against the behaviour of women. Therefore, a relationship between gender equality and practices of love and intimacy are affected to a great deal by the unequal constructions of gender sexual roles which society is guilty of creating. If we desire to live in a society whereby both sexes are equal in their intimate practices, notions of ‘sowing your wild oats’, whereby one behaviour is acceptable for men but not for women, needs to
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