Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Ideal parental arrangement, by generational cohort

There isn't much difference in conceptions of ideal parental arrangements for families with young children by race or sex, but what about by age?

The following graph shows perceived optimal family arrangements by generational cohorts, organized into three categories--father as breadwinner and mother as caregiver (father FT and mother PT/home), mother as breadwinner and father as caregiver (mother FT and father as PT/home), or shared sex roles (both PT or both FT) (N = 975):

It may be gender egalitarian creep, it may be a perceived necessary adjustment to declining monetary standards of living in the US (housing prices and medical costs are what matters here--cheaper, more powerful iGadgets only make an impact at the margins when the affordability of family formation is being evaluated), some combination of the two, or something else.

Something like a relative lack of firsthand experience for younger respondents, maybe. It was never much of a question in my household, but my best friend and his wife had their first six months ago. Before their baby was born, the wife was eager to get back to work after maternity leave. When the three months were up, she was dreading it and is now contemplating staying home instead of keeping the baby in daycare. Seems like an easy call to me (money is not an issue for them) but we live in deluded times!

The question was only asked in 2012, so there are no Zyklons included in the results (the oldest were 17 at the time and the survey only includes those 18 or older). I'll be looking out eagerly for quantitative information on what they think in the coming years.

GSS variables used: FAMWKBST, COHORT(1900-1945)(1946-1964)(1965-1980)(1981-1995)


DissidentRight said...

Something like a relative lack of firsthand experience for younger respondents, maybe.

Especially this, IMO. Babies have a way of flushing feminist nonsense out of women.

Random Dude on the Internet said...

As a (early) millennial, as I touched on in your previous entries, there's so much wasteful spending that many couples our age feel is essential that it is considered a given that both the mother and the father need to work.

Having said that, this is the generation where it has also been considered a given that women need to have a career. Making PowerPoints for HR during their fertile years (20s through 35) is supposed to be fulfilling and raising a family is considered regressive. Still, even with women getting bombarded with feminism nonstop since birth, most women appear to still believe that the ideal family formation is the father working and the mother staying at home or working part time. A testament to how biology will still win out over social conditioning.

I agree, it will be interesting to see how Zyklon feels. They seem to be more aware of racial issues but I'm not too sure about gender issues yet. I'm going to be optimistic.

dc.sunsets said...

Can't we just start shooting those who attempt to foist the stay-at-home Dad BS? I figure that was our first mistake when the faggot lobby started talking gay marriage and now we have faggots with equal standing with man/woman couples seeking to adopt.

As an adoptee, oh yeah, I favor lead infusions for those behind that "movement."

Audacious Epigone said...


Yep. It even had an effect on me in the form of understanding my own limitations. Sometimes when I have both kids for an extended period of time I'll momentarily snap. It's gone after a moment and I hide it from them, but even my patience with the antics of toddlers can be pushed to its limits. That doesn't seem to be the case for my wife!

Random Dude,

The limited data I've seen makes me less optimistic on the gender bender nonsense. It doesn't effect them as directly and acutely as the race stuff does because in the case of the latter it's clearly detrimental--"you're bad/less/unfairly advantaged because you're white" is going to be resisted by people with confidence and self respect. The gender bender nonsense, in contrast, probably just seems silly but not individually threatening in the same way that race issues do.


Heh well my preferred tact is to simply ignore them. It's not going against the psychological grain to do so, so it shouldn't be impossible!