Could anyone mark this 6 marker for sociology A level question for me please and tell me what I got. I really struggle with it at the minute so i'm trying to do more practice questions. BTW I didn't time myself. I think this took me a couple of minutes to write (maybe 10-15)
Outline three ways in which family life has become more symmetrical (6)
Family life has become more symmetrical. This is because gender roles have changed and in today’s society during childhood, children are socialised more symmetrical. This means that there is less stigma behind a man doing housework and a woman doing the bread winning. This has lead to the idea of the family being more symmetrical because households have become more symmetrical. This means that tasks are now shared more within the household, which is equal and more efficient.
Another reason is that men and women are more likely share leisure time together. In older societies after work, men would stereotypically go to the pub and then go home to eat dinner. However, this has now changed. Men and women today would spend their leisure time together or with their children on the weekends/afterwork. This shows that family is symmetrical, and women aren’t the ones who are doing all the domestic duties and they don’t usually have the dual burden like ferri and smith say. Moreover, they do not have to go without to make ends meet anymore.
Finally, there are things like the equal pay act put in place. This makes family more symmetrical because both men and women are getting (almost) the same pay and are both being the breadwinners in the family. This means that there is two incomes coming into the home. This makes family more symmetrical because women, who used to just be the child rearer and housewife, are now one of the breadwinners. This sets an example for younger generations to come and encourages them to also become a breadwinner.