Ladies, if you want a Prince Charming who's willing to pick up the vacuum cleaner and the laundry basket, you might want to look for one in nurse's scrubs or with finger paint on his pants.
New research finds that men who work in traditionally female fields, such as preschool teachers, nurses and secretaries, do more housework than other men.
"Men who move to a more female job increase their housework," said Elizabeth Aura McClintock, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame and the author of the study. Married men or those living with a girlfriend who work in traditionally female-dominated fields do about 25 percent more housework than those who work in more stereotypically masculine fields.
A big reason for the discrepancy has to do with how desirable men in typically "feminine" jobs are as partners, McClintock said. "Essentially, they feel insecure about their options outside the marriage," she said.
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"Men who work in female-dominated jobs have a harder time getting married … presumably because they suffer a lot of stigma," McClintock said. "So he's kind of got to step up to the plate" and overcompensate when it comes to pitching in around the house.