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Chore Wars

Chore Wars

Should you tell your partner "I love you" by sending flowers? Or by doing the dishes!

As dual incomes become necessary to meet today's family's expenses, increasingly more women continue to enter the work force. With both partners working outside the home, how do they share work inside the home? CHORE WARS light-heartedly looks at the housework dilemma of the '90s by going into four homes to find out who does the laundry, washes the dishes, mows the lawn, vacuums carpets, parents, - and trains the kids on how to do chores.

These scenes are intercut with "couple-in-the-street" interviews, dramatizations of the couples' experiences, and television ads from past decades. CHORE WARS also features commentary by Dr. John Gottman, a psychologist from the University of Washington; and Dr. Arlie Hochschild, a sociologist and author of THE SECOND SHIFT. Their insights into the sociological and emotional significance of chores reveal just why the struggle over who does the dishes is so important in society today.

"A delightful combination of humour and information. While entertaining, the film effectively raises complex and serious issues facing women and men in North America and elsewhere." - Gillian Creese, Chair, Women's Studies Programme, University of British Columbia

"CHORE WARS is a charming documentary... it has a lovely, light tone and is chock-full of frank and fresh interviewees..." - Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"A humorous and enlightening film about domestic chores and sex roles." - Teaching Sociology

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Distributor subjects

American Studies
Economics
Family Relations
High School Use
Humor
Labor Studies
Men's Studies
Sociology
Women's Studies

Keywords

chores; house work; housework; gender; sex ; roles; sociology; family relations; documentary; film; video; ; "Chore Wars"; Icarus Films; "Chore Wars"; Icarus Films

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