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How feminism forgot motherhood—and why fathers don’t mind

Change may be coming, albeit slowly and unevenly

Too much housework is still done by mothers. Illustration: Kate Hazell

It’s more about managing my own expectations,” I recently overheard one woman sigh to another in a café. She was juggling a grizzly baby on her lap while trying to sip a cup of rapidly cooling tea. They hadn’t been talking about the mythic sleeping-through-the-night or the messy prank that is baby-led weaning, they’d been discussing housework. More specifically, their other halves’ participation—participation apparently being an overly generous description.

Most couples seem to muddle along, learning to tolerate…

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