A very quick note here on something from the NYT Motherlode. Iif you have a two-person, mother/father family, sometimes the mother goes to work and the father stays home and sometimes the father goes to work and the mother stays home. I’ll grant you that the latter probably occurs more often than the former, and that’s important to pay attention to. But are those two situations–mother work/father home and father work/mother home–qualitatively different?
Acccording to the census bureau they are. In the first situation the child is in child-care. (That would be child-care provided by the father.) In the second situation, the child is not in child care (because they child is home with mom.) I am not sure if I totally understand these categories, but it seems to me that means that the child home with dad is counted like the child in child-care center while the child home with mom isn’t. There’s all sorts of odd things that might come from this categorization. I won’t discuss those now, but is there any real defense for the gendered nature of the way they’re categorizing?