Should husbands help with the housework? These 1960s answers might surprise you
When a Four Corners reporter took to the streets in 1961 to canvas public opinion on domestic gender roles, men and women alike (mostly) agreed: husbands should chip in with the chores on the weekend.
“Definitely. My word, it’s only fair that they should do that,” one man said between bites of a banana.
“I do it all.”
And while he cooked and cleaned his wife had a rest.
A number of women also agreed — depending on how many other chores he had on his list, and, well, other considerations.
Reporter: How’s it organised at your house?
Woman: Well, I have four girls and there’s a lot of work to do.
Reporter: I guess that means that Dad can sit down most of the time?
Woman: No he’s out most of the time to keep out of my way.
Another woman dropped her husband in it when the reporter approached her with the question.
“Yes, certainly [husbands should do housework], all the time,” she said.
“But mine doesn’t.”
Only one man said “good lord, no” to the idea of men doing housework.