Tuesday, October 03, 2006

"More men want wives to work"

Second semester started. I have a new English class. Last Monday, I read one interesting article in that class. The title is “ More men want wives to work”. According to that, the number of single men who want their future spouses to continue to work after childbirth is increasing. It made me surprised because I thought the traditional climate that wives should stay home was still incorrigible in Japan. However, it seems to depend on ages. In another English class, (We have six different English classes a week! Then, why is my English so strange..? ^^;) I read another newspaper. It said that more and more single women want to marry younger men. The older men hope that future wives quite their job, so women hate it. In my opinion, many young men hope so too because I hardly hear young men say that they want their future wives to continue to work.
I don’t know whether I quite my job after marriage or not. but I’m glad that the social status of women has advanced. I have an image that the social status of women in America is much higher than in Japan. Is this misunderstanding?

By the way, some people met Laura and ate kaitennzusi( it is sushi which was conveyed through belt conveyer) last Sunday. We had a very nice time. I was glad to meet Laura after a long separation. This is a picture I took then. I'm sorry a picture is fuzzy!!I am a bad photographer...


At 5:29 PM, Blogger Nina Liakos said...

First of all, Eriko, your English is not strange! It's very good. :-) You should be proud of your English! I am sure I could never learn Japanese so well.

It is best, I think to have a choice of whether to be a housewife and stay-at-home mother or to work outside the home after marriage. To be fair, we must also grant men the same choice. My husband has been the one who is at home in our family since 1999, while I work outside the home. It's fine with me! Women cannot be the only ones to have a choice. Couples need to discuss and decide who will work for pay and who will stay home. Both can certainly have jobs, but if both want to stay home, who will pay the bills?

At 6:47 AM, Blogger Tetsuya said...

I wanted to hange around with you people!!
Tommorow is the festival of our University,isn't it!?I wish you come to our cafe!!we're waiting for your comin'!!

At 12:44 AM, Blogger Ji Won said...

hahahaha Eriko~
You always make me laugh! Thank you! You help me relieve my stress after a long day of work!
And also, your English isn't strange. In fact, it's rather really good. So keep studying and you won't have to completely rely on my strange Japanese when we meet again! ^^;

About women, I also think that social status of American women is a lot higher than that of Asian women. It's starting to change, however, as more women become aware of the "institutional discrimination" that they have been victims of ever since they were born. In my opinion, next generation Asia will be a looooottt different from how traditional it has been so far. What do you think?

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Hiromi said...

Hello~ Eriko!
I had a good time talking to you at the cafeteria da ne! I read the article you mentioned here at that time, and it made me think about how the position of women in Japan would change in the future. I was surprised to find the fact that more men want wives to work on the article because I thought that most of men in Japan want their wives to quit their job after they get married. I want to continue to work after I get married just because my mother did so.^^ She looks so happy when she talks about her job, and it seems she enjoyed working while she raised me even though it must be an exhausting job!

Anyway...it was really fun eating sushi with you! You always make me laugh da ne~!! Mata nee~.^^

At 1:09 AM, Blogger izumo said...

I didn't think about choices for men until I read your comment because I believed there were few men who wanted to stay home for housework in Japan. Furthermore, if men want, it is difficult for them to do so practically because they worried about common decency. In Japan,common decency is one of the most important things to live comfortably.
I enjoyed your shop at the festival. appreciate your hard work.
:Ji Won
You flatter me~^^
some people remember this exchange between us^^
By the way, I'm glad to hear that I relieve your stress. Your comment makes me happy, too especially when I feel down.

In my opinion, of course women status has progressed,but it will take much time that women get to work as comfortably as men.

I had a nice time with you!
Your mother is great!! but didn't you feel lonely when your parents both went to the office and only you stayed home and ate meals alone?

At 1:15 AM, Blogger John said...

I agree with Nina and Ji Won; your English is not strange; in fact, it's quite good. I'm impressed.

About American and Japanese women, and choices; during my seven years in Japan, I've always been surprised at how frequently women settle into a housewife lifestyle while men so frequently settle into one of a salaryman. This gender arrangement seems to work better in Japanese society than it would in the United States right now, but it seems to be changing too.

I personally think both women and men should have equal choices. My wife and I share responsibilities for everything; we both work as teachers, and we take turns at home cooking, doing the dishes and cleaning. Our lives are happy this way.

At 7:40 PM, Blogger Ji Won said...

Aloha~ hahahah

元気? この頃授業はどう?

お茶でもどうイーーーー? 笑 ^^

At 7:42 PM, Blogger Ji Won said...

あ、そして、かぜひいちゃったね? お大事に~

At 7:51 AM, Blogger HERE said...

Hello. ..+'(◕ฺ∀◕ฺ)..+*
Nice to meet you. I am HERE. Your English is very good. I seem to want to become you, but I am poor at English.(;→㉨←)ノ
By the way,I want to continue working after marriage. Therefore I am very glad to hear it. In addition, when they discussed work of a woman after marriage by a class of my school, most boys were agreeable. That kind of thought should seep widely.

At 6:13 PM, Blogger 3s-noopy said...

Nice to meet you.
Because I read an article, I comment.
I agree.
U.S.A. thinks a position of a woman to be high from Japan.
Discrimination of man and woman decreases little by little.
However, I think that there is still a lot of problems.
There is a lot of prejudice from a man.
I want to get rid of discrimination early.

At 9:10 AM, Blogger neji said...

Hello!! I'm a student of John's English class. I'm Nabe. Nice to meet you!!

I read your blog. I thought "Oh,how beautiful this blog is!!" I can't write nice English. I want to learn by imitating your blog.

When I watch TV,I hear that one husband talk to one wife should retire your work. I also thought that by work of women Japanese society has advanced.I think this appearance will continue.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger uplock said...

I also hope that Japanese womens'status reise higher!!

At 1:39 AM, Blogger kitty said...

Hello.I think that I continue to work all along after I got married.
Because I think men and womem are equal.

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Master said...

Hello!I'm a student of John's class in Osaka.My name is Hidetosi.Nice to meet you!!
I read your blogs. Your blogs is very beautiful and nice.
I also like kaitenzusi.
This picture is nice!!
You are not poor photographer!

At 12:50 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Hello, I am a students of John's English class. I am Yamame.
I read your blog. There are many thought.
I think if women want to work after marriage, I want women take a job.
But I want women take a job after marriage. Of course we should share housework. We take this method it does not happen problems.

At 3:51 AM, Blogger Mamii said...

Hello.My name is Gangara. I am a John's student.I want to continue my wife to work even if a wife gives birth.My mother continues working after giving birth to me and a younger brother.I think that it is regrettable that a woman with ability becomes a housewife and does only housework.

At 7:20 AM, Blogger david santos said...

Very good!

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At 9:02 AM, Blogger neji said...

Hello, Eriko.Nice to meet you!
My name is Neji.
I am a college student in Osaka.

The article is really interesting!
Why do men and women have different view of their work? It is starange!

At 1:04 AM, Blogger Dan said...

I'm a student of John's class in Kansai university.My name is Yuu.Nice to meet you.
I like baseball very much.How about you? Your blogs is very nice.
I also like sushi.
This picture is nice.
You are not poor photographer!

At 2:47 AM, Blogger izumo said...

Oh! I'm sorry I haven't noticed many people read my blog.
Nice to meet you,too!
Thank you for commenting!!

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Ganbaru9 said...

Hello Eriko^^ Hajimemashite. Your English is very good! I have a female friend from Japan that currently lives in America, we are language exchange partners. I agree that both men and women should have a choice and that men and women are equal in status, but different because of biological reasons. I think that women should not be disregarded or discriminated in any country and I hope that people understand that some things should change with the desires of the people, such as customs and how people live.


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