Should men do household chores? Is a woman's place in the home? What are house mollies? The men and women of Ireland have their say.
'Evening Extra' looks at the battle of the sexes in the home and asks "Are men pulling their weight in the home?" Shay Healy travels to the Blackrock Shopping Centre and to Naas, Co Kildare to ask the public who does the housework in their homes. The men and women interviewed have different views about who should and shouldn't do what.
Many of the men interviewed would prefer to be working out of the home with one saying,
I'd find it difficult to cope with smaller children, housework, cooking, I'm not able to cook and I think I'd find it boring.
Another man believes that men don't want women to have the freedom of working outside the home.
They want them at home. They want them washing dishes.
A woman comments,
I think the woman does a far better job than a man. A man is only a substitute no matter how good he is in a house.
And another woman feels
There are too many house mollies.
'Evening Extra' was a nightly magazine programme which ran from Monday to Friday at 7 pm dealing with current issues and people in the news. The first episode was aired on Monday 13 October 1986 and it ran for 278 shows over 2 years until the final show on 29 April 1988. The programme had numerous presenters and reporters including Siobhan Cleary, Richard Crowley, Bibi Baskin, Aonghus McAnally and Shay Healy.