Is it possible for a man to be a homemaker in the real sense of the word? Can he sit at home, look after the kids, do dishes, laundry, etc forever? Why not?And all this if his wife is earning a high salary and can run the house....
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In present world scenario, one will respect a man only if he works. But this is not so in case of woman. If she isn't working, nothing. If she works she will get better respect.

Just my 2 cents.
Some men do in Britain, but it is not the usual way of things. I don't see any reason why not?
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Again I had say that it all depends upon the country and their culture. You may find men as a homemaker in Britain, but not in India. Culture plays a vital role in this.

People had been used to certain customs which needs tobe followed. I don't think we(men) will get the 'expected' respect, if he is a homemaker, in India.
That is true.

I feel a bit sorry for men here, they can break away from the 'traditional' roles but it can be hard for them, whereas us women are now in a position to pick and choose what we want to do.

I don't think people would find it very acceptable for a man to stay at home if there were no children for him to look after, as well as the house, whereas there are still a few women who do not work, even if they don't have kids.

I prefer to work though, I've always had to support myself, and i would be uncomfortable letting someone else support me. Unless he was stinking rich of course!
Ofcourse, you are right Nona.

Although it is not mandatory for "some" women to get to work, it will certainly help them. They can support themselves and they needn't depend on others. They will know more about the real-life experience outside the house. They will meet different types of people, etc.

They too may work with other women and men too. This may lead to better understanding of each other and ultimately it leads to inequality between men and women.
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Hi all,

By nature, women are not as strong as men. This physical power must have put women to do housechores and submissive to her male partner in the olden days. Today, both men and women are guaged by their mental power rather than by there physical power. Thereby women can also become a bread winner for the family. And they even outstand their male partner in earnings. So it is natural for today's women to ask their male partner to do housechores along with them or themselves. There is no harm at all, unless this advantage misused by both men and women. I know personlly that one of my friend resigned his job to assist his wife in her business. Initially he helped her to start a business and she developed the business in a very short span of time. Now he takes care of his children in house and help her in business also. When I spoke to him, he was very proud of her wife's achievment.

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Ofcourse, I agree with you, Senthil. Traditionally women were regarded only as housewife. But that culture has drastically changed and thanks to the IT 'boom' in India, more number of women are working independently, and that too with equal repect with men.
I'm in Australia and have known quite a few stay at home dads over the years. It almost never seems to work as well as when women stay at home and men work. It seems to me that the working wife always seems to end up with a full time job and house work as well. The men just don't seem to do the cleaning and cooking that well. I can think of only one acception and that is not because he is a particularly good house dad but that she has no domestic skills at all.
In Australia I have found that whether you are male or female, there is still a stigma attached if you choose to be a full time stay at home parent. Particularly in profesional circles.
I find that now I say I'm a student and work part time, instead of saying full time mum, I get so much more respect.
So sad, being a mum is so much more hard work, important and fulfilling.
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