The Doctors discuss a study by the Australian National University that claims the never-ending juggling of work and home can lead women to exhaustion, depression and anxiety, so they should be limited to a 34-hour workweek compared to a 47 hour one for men.
The Doctors bring up the issue of sexism. While plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon notes that yes, often women have more obligations in the home, there’s no reason men shouldn’t do more of those duties like picking up the kids, shopping and cleaning!
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork feels this study is sexist in both ways. He says there are families where women work full-time and the men stay at home. He doesn’t think the study should just throw out a blanket, one-size-fits-all statement, as the solution.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry agrees. She says every relationship is different and pending how the couple decides to split work and home life, that's a conversation they can have. “I’m shocked, appalled and dismayed at their solution of the problem,” Dr. Nita exclaims. She adds, “To write an article saying the solution is women need to work less outside of the house so they can be at home… stop it!”
Dr. Nita says according to research, females average 4.5 hours of unpaid work compared to men who contribute half this time. Dr. Travis would like to think the time of the wife waiting on hand and foot for their husband has ended! Dr. Travis says he does a ton of chores at home and Dr. Ordon says he loves to vacuum!
“A rich life is one where everyone is sharing together in the duties, responsibilities, but also the downtime and it’s a team approach,” says Dr. Travis. Do you agree?