On Friday the news of a certain study was making the Internet rounds, pleasing certain people who seemed to take it as support that all this "feminism" and "gender equality" stuff was a bunch of bunk, that women should really be in the kitchen or maybe vacuuming the living room if they expected their marriages to remain marriages and not head toward divorce post-haste. I pointed out then that this study, or at least, the way it was being headlined in much of the media, seemed dubious and was probably not the whole story. You can read more about the reasons why in that piece.
Also in that piece, I mentioned that I'd gotten in touch with the lead author on the study, Thomas Hansen, to find out more. He responded over the weekend to some questions, and sent along the study itself, most of which is in Norwegian (the English summary begins on page 223). Hansen told us, as for the media-presumed causality between household chore sharing and divorce rates, "I primarily think that there is no causal relationship," and instead says that people have adopted more modern perspectives "in terms of household division as well as in their views on marriage and divorce (among other things)."