Poll: Do You Cook and Clean?

A little while back, our friends at MyDaily reported on a study showing that young women today are less likely to know how to do traditional so-called women’s chores than our foremothers. For instance, they write that: “Researchers found that only 51 percent of women under 30 knew how to cook a roast while 82 percent of baby boomer females thought it was a cinch.”

For the record, I’m not even sure that I know what a roast is…a roast what? You know?

Anyway, I myself don’t cook much. I can cook, and when I have time to really get in there I enjoy it, but most of the time it’s too much of a hassle. As for other traditional ladywork, I mean, I can sew, I can iron, I can vacuum. It’s just that most of the time, I choose not to.

What about you?

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    • Melissa

      I don’t think cooking and cleaning are “traditional women’s chores” as much as they are basic life skills that every functioning adult (male or female) should be able to do, at least on some level. I don’t expect people to make souffles or knit sweaters, but you should probably know how to feed yourself and do a load of laundry.

      • K

        Agreed – These are things anyone should be able to do, even if “feeding yourself” translates to not much more than being able to toast your own bagel in the morning. I can’t cook a roast, but I make a damn good risotto. That’s all you really need, anyway. And pizza rolls.

    • Leah

      I bet the results of that poll would have been a lot different if they had used something other than a “roast: for an example. I love cooking and make about 95% of my meals from scratch, but if someone asked me to cook a “roast” I would have no idea what to do.

    • Eileen

      I agree with Leah – what is “a roast”? I can roast a chicken; does that count?

    • MNiM

      Roasts actually are a cinch. They’re pretty much the easiest thing to cook, actually.

      And you skipped an option in between “do them happily” and “do them when absolutely necessary”. Some I’ll do happily (cooking), some I’d leave to others and only do when necessary (vacuuming). Etc.

      But regardless of whether traditionally they’re women’s chores, very few of us can afford to pay someone else to do all (or indeed, any) of it for us. Cooking and cleaning are basic life skills. It’s not anti-feminist to be self-sufficient.

    • Lindsay Cross

      I agree with the most of the people who’ve commented that cooking and cleaning are basic life skills. Hopefully, most men do them too. For what’s probably the most “womanly” of the woman chores, at least in my opinion, sewing; I’m happy to hem pants and fix a seam every now and then.

      I’m pretty lucky though, my husband lived alone until he was 30. He’s extremely self-sufficient and he procrastinates much less than me. Half the time he does the cleaning before I even have to worry about it.

    • Jamie

      I love to cook, and my boyfriend claims to enjoy doing dishes. Division of labor!
      Re: “a roast,” I’m great at roasting veggies…which is really like lots of little roasts, if you think about it.

    • M

      My boyfriend cooks and cleans; I schedule and handle more of the finances. Oh and I usually drive. He fixes stuff until he gets stuck and calls me over and I show him what to do different so he’ll know next time. Or just do it myself if I’m impatient. Atypical sure, but we’re both doing what we’re good at and what the other person either isn’t so good at or doesn’t like, and so in my [stunningly unbiased] opinion I’d have to say our relationship works out pretty damn well.

      • M

        Oh yeah and: fortunately he isn’t the sort of person to get offended when I talk about how he’ll make me a fine wife someday.

    • miinxi

      In our house its very traditional – i do ALL the cooking and cleaning and get partner only to help when 100% necessary. It makes me feel inadequate if he offers to help so i take it as an insult rather than him being nice. However, it is his job to keep the car in clean working order and have the gardens atleast tidy (mind you hes doing an awful job and they all appear to be dead atm so i may be taking over that one too)

    • Shae

      Why no option for one or the other? Love cooking. Not so much the cleanup. That’s why I have my boyfriend.

    • Goldie

      here’s the thing though about that study– a roast (they’re talking about pot roast, people) is normally 2-3 lbs of meat. It’s a meal that’s only practical for a family of 4-5 that you have to babysit all day (if you make it in the oven like grandma; it can be made in a crockpot too).

      Most women today who are under 30 don’t have families. It’s a totally impractical meal for most of us. Why a damn roast? It’s weird that they would use this meal as some sort of measuring stick to compare women under 30 to baby boomers who have had families. There are too many other variables to take into account.

      I agree with Melissa, cooking and cleaning are life skills, not lady skills. It’s sort of like they’re saying women can’t take proper care of themselves because they’re too focused on their jobs. They’re trying to blame our “throw-away culture” on feminism. fucking bunk.