Men in rural China spend more time in leisure or social activities, or just hanging around and resting.
For most people around the world, physical work takes up a great amount of time and energy every day. But what determines whether it is men or women who are working harder in households? In most hunter-gatherer societies, men are the hunters and women are the gatherers – with men seemingly walking the furthest. But what’s the labour breakdown in other societies?We carried out a study of farming and herding groups in the Tibetan borderlands in rural China – an area with huge cultural diversity – to uncover which factors actually determine who works the hardest in a household, and why. Our results, published in Current Biology, shed light on the gender division of work across many different kinds of society.
Source: Women work harder than men – our anthropological study reveals why
You can also read about the MRA reaction to this in David Futrelle’s article Study finds that some women work much harder than men; Men’s Rightsers have a fit.