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Couples who share the housework are more likely to divorce
平分家務的夫妻離婚率高

A woman carries shopping bags in Chadderton, England on Dec. 17.
這張十二月十七日攝於英國洽德頓的照片,是一位提著購物袋的女士。

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Divorce rates are far higher among “modern” couples who share the housework than in those where the woman does the lion’s share of the chores, a Norwegian study has found.

In what appears to be a slap in the face for gender equality, the report found the divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 percent higher than among those where the woman did most of the work.

“What we’ve seen is that sharing equal responsibility for work in the home doesn’t necessarily contribute to contentment,” said Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study entitled Equality in the Home.

The lack of correlation between equality at home and quality of life was surprising, the researcher said.

“One would think that break-ups would occur more often in families with less equality at home, but our statistics show the opposite,” he said.

The figures clearly show that “the more a man does in the home, the higher the divorce rate,” he went on.

The deeper reasons for the higher divorce rate, he suggested, came from the values of “modern” couples rather than the chores they shared.

(Liberty Times)

共同分擔家務的「現代」夫婦,離婚率比妻子承擔絕大部分家務的夫婦高得多,挪威一項最新研究發現。

該報告顯示,共同分擔家務的夫婦離婚率比妻子承擔絕大部分家務的夫婦高出約百分之五十。這不啻賞了性別平等理念一記耳光。

該研究的共同作者托馬斯.漢森說:「我們所見的是,在家裡共同分擔家務並不一定會促成滿足感。」這份報告名為《家庭中的平等》。

家庭中的平等和生活品質缺少關聯性,這很令人吃驚,該研究人員說。

「人們可能認為一些男女較不平等的家庭離婚率更高,但是我們的統計數字截然相反」,他說。

這些數據明顯指出,「男人在家做的家務越多,夫妻離婚率越高」,他接著說。

他表示,雙方分擔家務的家庭離婚率更高的深層原因來自於「現代」夫妻的價值觀,而不是他們分擔的家務。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. the lion’s share idiom

最大的部分 (zui4 da4 de5 bu4 fen4)

例: You have got the lion’s share of authority in the company.

(你在公司有很大的權限。)

2. slap in the face idiom

一記耳光 (yi2 ji4 er3 guang1)

例: Losing the election was a slap in the face for the club president.

(對會長而言,輸掉選舉不啻是一項奇恥大辱。)

3. contribute to v. phr.

有助於;引發 (you3 zhu4 yu2; yin3 fa1)

例: Air pollution contributes to respiratory diseases.

(空污會引發呼吸道疾病。)


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