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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Korean Men Suck as Husbands

That is, if you want one that actually helps with the housework and kids. If you want one that comes home, sits on the couch, reads the paper, watches TV then bitches that dinner isn't ready quick enough, you should be in heaven.

Korean fathers pay lip-service to gender equality but fail to put it into practice, while most Korean children feel closer to their mothers than their fathers, a survey suggests.
Yep, that pretty much says it all. Still, let's look at the numbers.

The "participation rate" in household chores for women was 95 percent, compared to a mere 30 percent for men. Husbands with children under 12 scored very low in terms of child rearing. The highest rate of participation was 10.1 percent for bathing children, followed by playing with children (7.7 percent), taking children to hospital (4.3 percent) and helping with homework (2.8 percent). Yet 88.2 percent of male respondents said paternity leave is necessary and 76.7 percent believed in child rearing leave.

The relationship between fathers and children remains tenuous. Interviews with teenagers and young adults between 15 and 24 showed that they turn to their friends (37.2 percent) or mothers (31.9 percent) in trouble. Only 4 percent answered they talk over their problems with their father. Nearly half or 48.8 percent said they do not talk to their fathers enough, while only 25.8 percent felt the same about their mothers. The vast majority had spent no quality time with their parents going for a walk or exercising (82.3 percent) or in cultural activities including watching movies or plays (93.5 percent) during the last month.
Can we say pathetic? And these guys wonder why they can't get a date?