This is what German men really think about gender equality

The German Family Affairs Ministry on Wednesday released a report on “male perspectives” of gender equality. Here are some things the report reveals.

The report released on Wednesday took an in-depth look at how men’s attitudes towards the family and gender equality have changed over the past decade.

Researchers compared the answers of more than 1,500 men surveyed in 2007 to those of men in 2015. Here are some of the more interesting findings.

One-fifth say it’s not good for both spouses to work

At 82 percent of respondents, the vast majority of men said that they thought it was good for a relationship when both people involved are gainfully employed. This was also an 11 percent increase compared to 2007 when 71 percent of men said the same.

Still, that means that about one in five men (18 percent) said it was fundamentally not good for both partners to be working.

But the Ministry still saw the report as positive for equality.

“The majority of men believe that both people in a partnership should be working – this proportion has significantly increased in the last ten years,” noted Family Affairs Minister Manuela Schwesig in a statement.

“Above all, younger men don’t find the model of being the breadwinner attractive anymore. Most couples today want to have an equal partnership on the same level. And ever more men believe that fathers should reduce their professional lives when the kids are little.”

Fewer men are looking for a “traditional” marriage

The report also noted a decline in the number of men who said they wanted a “traditional” relationship: one where the husband is the breadwinner and the housewife takes care of the kids and household matters. Seventeen percent in 2007 said this was their ideal, compared to ten percent in 2015.

Meanwhile, the amount of men who said they wanted to be in an “equal” relationship – where both partners work, and both share responsibility for the children and chores – increased from 33 percent in 2007, to 42 percent in 2015. For most of those polled under 30, this was the preferred relationship structure.

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Source By https://www.thelocal.de

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