Househusband

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Karla A. Esguerra
Professor Camille Ocampo
SOCI 3103
POWER STRUCTURE IN THE TRANSNATIONAL WIFE & HOUSEHUSBAND FAMILY IN A RURAL SETTING I. INTRODUCTION A. Background of the Study
The family is the one major sphere of capitalist society in which labour replacement services can be absorbed without payment-women pick up the burden unpaid (Engels 8). This notes the existence of patriarch societies in the past decades that gave women no power in the family. The patriarchism was brought into the country during the Spanish regime (Medina 174).In the Philippines, men are metaphorically referred to as “pillar of the home” signifying both the metaphorical importance of the man who makes the home stand and the material contributions he is expected to make to the family (Parrenas 57). This was the traditional power structure.
As the marital relationship evolves, it is interesting to know the roles of the women, specifically the transnational wives as a subject of the power structure nowadays. The modern Filipina wife, being more enlightened and more knowledgeable of what is going on around her is no longer confined to home. In her desire to help uplift the economic conditions of her family, she has extended herself to management of the farm and other productive enterprises (Medina 174).
It was also noted that women outnumbered men in international migration, in October 1991, 59.4% of overseas workers were females (Medina). As of 2012 according to the National Statistics Office, 43.3% of OFWs are women. Transnational wives’ employment has thus become an opportunity to uplift families from their destitution (Pingol). This perspective confirms that wives contribute economically in the family which may or may not be a factor of the power structure in the family.
This study also views the role of the househusband since the wife becomes the provider, and his…...

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