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Australian Men "Worst Husbands in the World"

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An economist from Oxford University found that women wanting to settle down were better off finding a bloke from Scandinavia, the U.S. or Britain than Australia.

Study author Dr. Almudena Sevilla-Sanz said that based on her study of 12 developed countries, men and women were both more likely to cohabit or marry if they believed their partner would help out with the household chores and childcare.

But it appears that when it comes to finding a husband willing to help out, Australian women have a tough time.

Dr. Sevilla-Sanz's study ranked Australia as the least egalitarian society, making its men unattractive marriage partners because they were more unlikely to do household chores.

Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, the U.S. and Northern Ireland were judged to be the most egalitarian countries, making their men the most attractive marriage partners.

Next were the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Austria and Australia in last place.

"In egalitarian countries you might, in principle, expect to see women preferring to remain single rather than face the prospect of spending more time doing household chores," Dr. Sevilla-Sanz said.

"However, this study shows that in egalitarian countries there is less social stigma attached to men doing what was traditionally women's work.

"For instance, if paternity leave is the social norm, more men take it.

"This leads to men in egalitarian societies taking on more of a domestic role so the likelihood of forming a harmonious household becomes greater, resulting in a higher proportion of couples setting up households in these countries."

The study's findings were based on a survey of 13,500 men and women aged 20 to 45 from each of the 12 countries.

Each was asked about their attitudes to gender, housework and childcare responsibilities.

The study found that women living in less egalitarian countries were 20 to 50 per cent less likely to live with a man compared with women in more egalitarian societies.

The study, titled Household Division of Labor and Cross-Country Differences in Household Formation Rates, is due to be published in the Journal of Population Economics.

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Mark Reilly August 4, 2009, 10:26 PM

Just a geography correction, Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain which probably explains why 13 countries were listed in a 12 nation survey

Mark Reilly August 4, 2009, 10:40 PM

Just a geography correction, Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain, which probably explains why there were 13 countries listed in a 12 nation survey.

e cigarette August 5, 2009, 12:18 AM

Raising kids is hard work and really takes more than one person to do it well.

Anonymous August 5, 2009, 9:23 AM

Baaaahaaaahaha sounds like this is someone who knows what they are talking about. The combined population for the 12 developed nations listed is 694,404,965 men and women (Based on Wikipedia). Yet Dr. Sevilla-Sanz only took a select sample of 162,000 people to support the data.. Need I say more Todd. Auzzie Auzzie Auzzie lol :P

C January 13, 2010, 8:05 AM

Australian men are absolute PIGS.
The only problem I can see with the study is that they didn’t list all the bad things about Aussie men.Lazy,immature,sexist,rude,etc,etc,etc.And yes I happen to know what I’m talking about,I’m an Aussie girl.If I had to list all their faults we would be here forever.Women can do better.

lapinzsz December 26, 2010, 1:26 AM

my mom wants to know about australian men.

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