So I'm curious about whether women still do more daily meal-planning / grocery shopping / cooking than men, in my fairly liberal and theoretically egalitarian circles. And if so, why? Is it, as this article suggests, in part because men don't feel competent in the kitchen?
I was talking to a girlfriend about this, and she said that when her husband cooks, everything gets chaotic in their house -- the kids are going crazy, the kitchen is a mess, etc. And I suggested that maybe that's because he's not practiced at managing mealtimes. If you only do things once in a while, you don't get a chance to find the routines that make things go smoothly. She agreed that might be a factor, but seemed reluctant to let/encourage him try to cook more, even though she's constantly frustrated by how little time she has to herself. (She also does all the birthday party planning, for three kids (and for attending parties of their friends). It's kind of a lot of work, even if it's 'fun' work, and makes me think that I should get Kevin to handle planning Anand's first birthday. Maybe all of Anand's parties.)
Anyway, I'd say we have a roughly 50/50 division of food preparation now, and I like it a lot. It makes my life much better. For those of you in het pairings, how does the meal responsibility divide up? Are you happy with that division?
Those in homosexual pairings may also respond, of course. :-)