In the 2016 Census, the results of which were released this week, it was revealed that one in four Australian men did no domestic work in the week prior. Nothing. Nada. Not a solitary hour.
We have known for a long time that women do more unpaid work than men. This is uniform around the world.
Despite the increase in women’s paid work, the division of the unpaid work – the cooking, the cleaning, the child-rearing – hasn’t budged.
But one in four men doing nothing? And admitting to doing nothing? That surprised me.
The way any couple or family approach domestic work is, quite obviously, a personal issue. But whichever way you cut it, a man doing nothing – no cooking, no cleaning, no child-rearing, no groceries – is ludicrous.