You may have heard about the study carried out by Catherine Hakim, which claims to debunk some entrenched feminist myths. Hakim claims, amongst other things, that women do not do more work than men, when both paid and unpaid work such as childcare and housework are added together. (She does state, however, that this isn’t the case for couples with young children where both partners are in full time employment. Women do tend to do more work than men in that situation.) She also claims that ‘Individualisation frees people from the influence of social class, nation, and family. Personal life goals become more important. Men and women do not only gain the freedom to choose their own biography, values and lifestyle, they are forced to make their own decisions because there are no universal certainties or collectively agreed conventions, no fixed models of the good life.’ I’m rather dubious about this claim, since it seems to ignore the fact that there are still quite rigid, gendered expectations on men and women in our society. I haven’t got time to write any more about this now – I should have started work about an hour ago (oops), but you can read more for yourselves here. A copy of the paper can also be downloaded from that site.