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Oh Noes! Gen Y Women Are Losing "Female" Skills

A secret crisis is brewing in Australia: Gen Y women are losing the traditional “female” skills such as cooking, ironing, and sewing:

Only 51 per cent of women aged under 30 can cook a roast compared with 82 per cent of baby boomers.
Baking lamingtons* is a dying art with 20 per cent of Gen Y capable of whipping up the Aussie classic, down from 45 per cent for previous generations.

Social researcher Mark McCrindle said: “Women of today tend to be busier, juggling more roles, and are quite prepared to compromise a bit of the homemade just to save some time.

“They also have a lot more disposable income compared with their mums and their grandmothers so buying a cake mix or lamingtons ready-made is not a big deal.”

But the news ain’t all bad: these Gen Y women are taking on new “manly” skills:

As well as working full or part-time, they are doing tasks previously done by men.
More than 70 per cent of women under 30 say they often take out the bins, 77 per cent mow the lawn and 70 per cent claim they wash the car.

Link – via Fark

*Lamington is an Australian sponge cake

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January 31st, 2011

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