At home, the animal is still a women’s affair

Purchasing daily products for animals, taking care of veterinary appointments, changing litters or taking them for walks … ifop has been published today the results of a study on sharing tasks related to animals at the peak. When the first study was done, the results were expected and clearly alarming: 81% of women who answered online questions believed that they were responsible for most of the work related to animals in the general household.

Gender stereotypes at the root of evil

In particular, 64% of the women surveyed said that they themselves buy daily products for animals (kibbutzim, treats, toys, etc.); And 59% of them pay for veterinary appointments and take more care than their wives. “Even if the choice of pets is often a collective decision, women are ultimately responsible for it because it is for them that gender stereotypes assign good household responsibilities,” notes Francois Krauss, director of the gender / sexuality department at IFOP.

And more precisely, “good maintenance of the home” still limits women to the role of housewife which is slowly disappearing, according to a survey by INSI (2015): Very low, down to 64% and 71%, respectively. It must be said that the epidemics associated with the epidemic did nothing to help with household chores or child sharing. For a telling example, a May 2020 study by INSEE revealed that 54% of mothers care for their children for more than 4 hours a day, compared to only 38% of fathers.

Work, laundry, cooking, children, pets নায় there is a name for the weight that a woman has to carry every day in leading a normal life: emotional burden.

“It’s a matter of training! A

On Facebook, a private group of 3,000 female members is dedicated to it. A place to share that also serves as an outlet, where women support each other in their difficulty in managing their emotional load. It is a “work of management, organization, and planning that is at once vague, unavoidable, and constant, and aims to meet the needs of all and to manage housing efficiently”, according to D ‘researcher Nicole Brace (Laval University, Quebec).

For Lucy, 38, “it’s a question of training.” For about 6 years this lawyer and owner of a dog lived in an apartment in the capital. She smiles when we talk to her about sharing household chores. “Actually, I have two days. One working in my office, and then one at home, she believes. My partner is happy to take care of the housework and walk the dog, but the problem is that I have to tell him to do it. Basically, I’m on his side.” You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people, ”he lamented.

Christine, 47, even uses two diary applications on her mobile phone to “not be left out by the situation”. On the one hand, he writes down his professional needs, and on the other, what should be done at home by his wife or himself. “We have three kids, two dogs and a cat. It’s a delightful mess, “joked Everlines, a Certroville resident. Especially since the dog suffers from a well-known problem of large canine, hip dysplasia, which requires close veterinary supervision. “My husband has decided to take care of the house and the garden while I have to take care of everything else, including cleaning, cooking, babies and animals.”

A click and a phone call for a little help

Ladies (and gentlemen all), know that if you are overwhelmed by your animals or if you do not have time to take care of them tonight, now is a click away on the internet to find your savior. Pets He takes care of the animals in the owners home, or takes them out for a walk. Theoretically, it is a professional with ACACED for Pets in his pocket. In practice, anyone can offer this type of service on the Internet – so beware of trained pets. Among them, dog sitters are particularly popular. Calculate 10 to 15 euros per hour for a classic walk and around 25 euros for a more specific walk like the forest. Or if not, you can even ask your wife to take the initiative, you never know!

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