Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lorraine Courtney: Don't dismiss house husbands – they're at the cutting edge of sexual revolution

Lorraine Courtney

HOUSE husbands are an ever-growing phenomenon but their role still tends to be belittled. For the first time ever, despite lingering glass ceilings and pay gaps, women have no career path closed to them. We used to be wives, mothers and daughters. Now we are individuals and half of the best brains are not lost to the kitchen sink. But the consequences are not all positive ones for the men left at home.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), there are now 9,900 stay-at-home men in Ireland. For couples under 40, the woman's occupation ranks higher than that of her partner's in 42pc of cases.

A recent report published by the European Commission investigated the impact of the economic crisis on the situation of women and men and on gender-equality policies.

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