The use of the words 'help out' to describe men's contribution implies that housework is the responsibility of women, and that men, by 'helping out', are doing women a favour. Perhaps men would do more of their fair share if they believed it to be their responsibility, and not just an enlightened 1990s-style favour to their partners.
Using terms such as 'help out' to describe men's contribution only serves to perpetuate the outmoded idea that housework is women's work.
LORI B. NAGLE
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