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Generation Y Women Losing Basic ‘Female’ Skills According To Research

Posted by YBMW Staff on January 31st, 2011
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Basic “female” skills are becoming endangered among Generation Y women with fewer young women able to iron a shirt, cook a roast chicken or hem a skirt.

Just as more modern men are unable to complete traditional male tasks, new research shows Generation Y women can’t do the chores their mothers and grandmothers did daily, reported The Courier-Mail.

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.”

According to a study done by McCrindle Research, traditional skills outside the kitchen are falling by the wayside with Gen Y women woefully behind their older counterparts. Only 23 per cent can grow a plant from a cutting when 78 per cent of older women say this is a breeze.

“We live in a throw-away culture where, rather than repair something, we will buy a new one, even if it is just a matter of darning holes or sewing on buttons,” Mr McCrindle said.

“As such, many women have lost these skills. If we do want something repaired, women today are more likely to take it to their local drycleaner because they are busy and can afford it.”

Driving manual cars is also on the decline with just 40 per cent of women under 30 possessing this skill compared to 71 per cent of older women.

Not all is lost however, Gen Y women are talking on new skills and performing tasks previously done by men. Furthermore, they are working full or part-time. 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.

Source: news.com.au

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