Being a Housewife

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The Economic Risks of Being a Housewife

PSY 338 – Industrial and Organizational Psychology

January 25, 2014

Abstract The Economic Risks of Being a Housewife is a peculiar occupation by the nature of its duties, the form of payment, the supervision, the system, and the physical hazards. A housewife’s working conditions are different from any other regular working conditions in the world.

The article, “The Economic Risks of Being a Housewife” was very interesting. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a housewife is defined as “an activity that serves as one’s regular source of livelihood.” It is one of the largest single occupations in the United States economy. It has both legitimate and interesting comparisons, as well as those with advantages and disadvantages from other sources of livelihood.

A housewife’s occupational duties include cooking, dishwashing, housecleaning, laundry work, childcare, and a “personal relations” component that includes sexual and nonsexual relations. Sexual and nonsexual relations are a source of economic risk. The component of nonsexual relations is broadly the same as the duties of a paid domestic servant, whereas the housewife has a little more discretion than the servant and a more responsible role to the children and finances.

Their jobs could end at the discretion of their husband’s or their own and they will be at a disadvantage in the job market because of the failure in the eyes of an employer for their human capital is thought to be most serviceable on non-domestic jobs. The sexual component and human capital are also major contributions to the risk of this job. The attractiveness and value of her identity as the…...

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