Living: The Myth of Male Housework

For women, toil looms from sun to sun

Quick flip-through, by male in jokey mood: Woman sociologist gets big grant, does ten years of research, writes book proving that men don't do housework. Complains.

More thoughtful assessment: Yeah, she's right, it's awful, I don't want to hear about it.

Even more thoughtful assessment, by female tired of kidding around: The end of civilization as husbands know it, and high time.

Maybe. At any rate, it seems likely that sociologist Arlie Hochschild's The Second Shift (Viking; $18.95) will turn up in empty fridges, on piles of undone laundry and taped to "I'm long gone, George" notes left on breakfast tables....

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