There has been contention over leisure distribution between male and female genders. There is underlying leisure equity between male and female according to Becker’s theory. However, according to a competing view, the female gender is subject to a ‘dual burden’ in the sense that they are engaged in both family care givers and family providers. Although both men and women have considerably equal quantities of free time, there is reemergence of a gap between the genders as far as leisure is considered. In other words, women are engaged in many activities as compared to their men counterparts as far as leisure spending is considered.
Since the ancient times, leisure has been used for greater purpose other than its expression until in the modern days where it has been critical in providing solutions to different problems as well as creating public good. Besides maintaining an individual’s well-being, leisure is a key tool that is used in the improvement of social communication and cooperation (Russel, 249). Leisure will create a time platform where the society members can interact with each other, care for each other, and work together. For a considerable period of time, there has been pursuit of gender equality that would see men taking part in relative duties in order to ‘give a hand’ to their women. For instance, by taking roles in family provision will reduce women burden and as such women will find more considerable time in which to have some more leisure time to match that of men.
In addition, there should be creation of leisure resource where people can engage during their free time in order to counter address issues related to stress. Such can act as therapies to stressed-out individuals. Such leisure resource should be such that they improve on the overall well-being of an individual. For instance, there is the ‘therapy dog’ that was adopted by Yale University Law School. By merely playing with the dog, students were found to increase their degrees of happiness and the overall well-being. In fact, they required only a little time to achieve this objective according to Williams (as cited in Russel, 249). Women are subject to discrimination in leisure time spending.
By engaging them in a resource a leisure resource, then they will feel much relieved. They will spend relatively less time but at the same time achieve considerably high levels of satisfaction. It implies that it is important to engage someone’s mind during free time, rather than keeping him/her idle. Men will spend relatively longer leisure time but the level of satisfaction achieved by women, who are engaged in leisure resource, will be relatively higher. It will also be important to create some gender balance in order to ensure that both men and women spend approximately the same time for leisure.
From the above discussion, it is clear that women face some ‘discrimination’ as far as leisure is considered. They are engaged in more tasks that their men thus depriving them of their leisure time. However, Leisure has the ability to re-create a balance between the two genders through the adoption of some strategies such as leisure resource. This will ensure that women are engaged in programs that build them psychologically thereby reducing effects of stress among them. It is therefore clear that by through the creation of such leisure resource, women will spend relatively shorter leisure time but will feel more represented with increased opportunities.
Russel, R. V. Pastimes: The context of contemporary leisure, fifth edition.