Pilcher, J. (1998) 'Gender
Matters? Three Cohorts of Women Talking about Role Reversal'
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...Unless it was that the husband couldn't find a job and the wife was able to work.
Nancy Caswell, aged 69 (G1)
...If it was a case of the husband not being able to go out to work, if there was something wrong with him, well, all right. That's fair enough...Somebody's got to be the breadwinner.
Irene Harvey, aged 62 (G1)
I don't think I would like to go out [to work] and leave my husband at home doing work.// Well, it makes the husband think he's not looking after you properly, really.
Irene Harvey, aged 62 (G1)
Actually, I don't agree with that. I got to be truthful...a man's place is in work, provide and a woman's work is to have her babies and look after them and look after the home.
Sybil Richards, aged 71 (G1)
No, I wouldn't like that. I think a man's place is in work. No, I don't think I'd like that at all.
Dora Griffiths, aged 68 (G1)
Well, I'm not at all in favour...I think a woman's place is in the home. Rose Jessop, aged 73 (G1)
I don't think it's right.//...I think you get married and your husband will keep you or work for you.
Ivy Keating, aged 87 (G1)
Well, I just wouldn't like it.//...when the husband brings the money home, that's great, ain't it.
Irene Harvey, aged 62 (G1)
We have been brought up with the man being the breadwinner, primarily. That was the norm when I was young.
Nancy Caswell, aged 69 (G1)
If there was no work about for the man, yes...As long as the man wasn't demoted, do you understand me, because of that, you know.
Doreen Owens, aged 70 (G1)
Well, to me, I think that's a good idea. If he wants to do that.
Elsie Farrall, aged 74 (G1)
I don't see as it makes any difference really, if the wife has a good job...
Yvonne Daniels, aged 75 (G1)
I wouldn't like it. I wasn't brought up that way...the man went out to work and the woman stayed at home with the children.
Susan Griffiths, aged 44 (G2)
Wouldn't like it.//...it's a man's place to go out to work.
Valerie Harvey, aged 40, (G2)
Well, if the woman has got a better job and is bringing more money into the house. And if they are agreeable, I don't see anything wrong.
Angela Farrall, aged 44 (G2)
That's fine, it's sensible. I think the one who has the greatest earning power ought to do the work.
Rosemary Thomas, aged 46 (G2)
Well, I certainly don't see anything wrong with it. I mean, if the woman could earn more money than the man. Well then, that is fair enough.
Carol Mitchell, aged 38 (G2)
Fine, if it suits them and they are happy...
Judith Ascote, aged 48 (G2)
That's fine, if they are happy doing that.
Janice Caswell, aged 44 (G2)
I wouldn't mind. I think my husband's got more patience than I have...I think he would be quite willing to stay at home.
Rita Parry, aged 42 (G2)
No. I wouldn't like that. I'd like to be there with the children.
Rhian Keating, aged 24 (G3)
...(I think) the mother should look after the child...the child needs the mother more really.
Sharon Owens, aged 18 (G3)
I don't know about that [role reversal]. I think the woman should stay at home and look after the children and do the housework...I don't think the men should stay at home because I don't think they could cope. Like, I saw this film on T.V., 'Mr. Mum', and the man stayed at home and looked after the children and that, and it didn't work out.
Mandy Mitchell, aged 17 (G3)
I think it would be humiliating for a man...Like, if I was a man, I wouldn't like to be kept.
Elaine Griffiths, aged 19 (G3)
I don't think the man would like it all that much, would he. Men like to go out do the work, rather than stay home and do the housework.
Lorraine Morgan, aged 19 (G3)
For me personally, I wouldn't like it...you know, women's lib and all that kind of stuff but I would want to be with the children.
Wendy Caswell, aged 22 (G3)
That's fair, I mean, if she can earn more. If he can't get a job and she finds one, I don't see the difference.
Rebecca Daniels, aged 29 (G3)
I think it's all right...if the wife have [sic] got a good job and the man hasn't got a job, then there is no point in them both being home.
Denise Nicholl, aged 27 (G3)
Fine. It depends, you know, normally the man can earn a better wage. But if the woman can earn a good wage, why not?
Bethan Parry, aged 24 (G3)
Oh, I think that was great...if you've got that kind of relationship.
Karen Lestor, aged 29 (G3)
Well, if they are happy, that's fine. If it suited them, that's fine.
Isabel Ascote, aged 21 (G3)
Good.//...Well, long enough that women have stayed in the home.
Ruth Richards, aged 17 (G3)
I agree that women should have equality.
Kirsty Harvey, aged 19 (G3)
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