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Pass him the bleach: Black men 'best' at sharing housework

MORE CHORES: Black Caribbean men are assiduous in sharing housework

A PIONEERING study has found that Back Caribbean men are the best at sharing household chores in the UK.

While white British men do around six hours of housework per week, black Caribbean and black African men do more than seven.

The study, conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic research, found that on average men from all ethnic groups do around 30 per cent of the housework (around six hours a week) while women do the rest (an average of 14 hours a week.)

But black Caribbean men pick up around 40 per cent of the housework (around 7.12 hours every week) while their female partners spend 13.5 hours on domestic chores.

“An interesting finding is that it is not necessarily white British couples who are always most egalitarian in their division of domestic labour or in their gender-role attitudes,” the study concluded.

The study suggests that historical roots of black Caribbeans mean they have a more balanced family structure.

“In particular black Caribbean men have the least traditional gender-role attitudes of all groups.”

Researchers suggested this could be due to a “legacy of egalitarian family forms combined with the experience of racial inequality leads them to be more critical of gender inequality than other ethnic groups”.

But it could also be due to how normal it is for their female partners to be in paid employment: “[It] may reflect a strong history and culture of black Caribbean women being in paid employment making combining family life and paid work the norm for this group.”

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