Recientemente se han publicado dos trabajos muy interesantes sobre el nuevo rol de los hombres en la dinámica familiar para el caso español. Uno en Journal of Family Issues sobre cómo algunas parejas consiguen mantener un reparto 60/40 en las tareas domésticas después del nacimiento de la primera criatura y otro en Community, Work & Family sobre las posibilidades percibidas por los varones de pedir reducción de jornada en su empresa. Ambas investigaciones se han desarrollado en el marco de los proyectos TransParent e Implica.

Os dejamos aquí el contenido y el link por si queréis echarles un vistazo.

Against the Odds? Keeping a Nontraditional Division of Domestic Work After First Parenthood in Spain. Marta Dominguez-Folgueras, Teresa Jurado-Guerrero, and Carmen Botía-Morillas

This article analyzes changes in the division of routine domestic work after first parenthood. We wanted to know whether and how it was possible for couples to resist the trend toward traditionalization that has been shown in the literature. To do so, we analyze semistructured interviews with 27 Spanish couples who were expecting their first child in 2011 and interviewed them again in 2013. The couples were selectedfrom a bigger sample because of their nontraditional practices preparenthood. Our results show that 17 of them were able to maintain a nontraditional division of domestic work, whereas 10 traditionalized. In our analysis, relative resources and time availability did not sufficiently explain the changes in the division of work, but specific characteristics of the division of work before childbirth—men’s active participation, the routinization of tasks, and flexible standards—emerged as key factors to resist the trend toward more traditional arrangements.

If you dare to ask: self-perceived possibilities of Spanish fathers to reduce work hours. Irina Fernández-Lozano

Time scarcity is a reality for most mothers and fathers of young children who work full-time. Though the Spanish law recognizes a specific right to a reduced schedule for care reasons, fathers very rarely make use of this policy. Many of them simply think that, in their current employment circumstances, they ‘can’t’ cut down on work hours. This analysis focuses on the subjective perception that employees have of their difficulty to reduce work hours. Using a nationally representative sample of Spanish employees in charge of young children, and drawing on intersectionality perspectives, we propose that several stratification systems (e.g. gender and economic structure) overlap framing the subjective experience of how easy or difficult it is to adopt a reduced schedule. We confirm that fathers in middle-level service occupations (e.g. clerical workers) may be those most likely to be ‘undoing gender’ at work, as they differ significantly from other fathers in their perception that for them it would be easier to reduce their work hours.



Del 26 al 30 de junio tendrá lugar un curso titulado Baja natalidad, envejecimiento y Estado de Bienestar, dirigido por Pedro Requés – catedrático de geografía humana – en la Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo de Santander.

Uno de los seminarios del curso se centrará en la Transición a la paternidad en España: el nuevo rol de los hombres en la dinámica familiar.

Os dejamos aquí el programa por si os interesa y queréis apuntaros.

Merecerá la pena el curso y, sin duda, Santander ;)


The GENDERBALL project is the first comprehensive study of the demographic consequences of a major recent development in Europe: while men have always received more education than women in the past, this gender balance in education has now turned around. For the first time in history, there are more highly educated women than men reaching the reproductive ages and looking for a partner. This will have profound consequences for the demography of reproduction because mating practices have always implied that men are the majority in higher education. This research project will study the consequences of this historically new situation for reproductive behaviour.

GENDERBALL is funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

Principal Investigator: Jan Van Bavel

Web page of this project

Do you know the IMPLICA Project on promoting work-life balance from companies?


Your company can take part of this Project. They are looking for companies that want to participate in a case study of joint responsability for work-life balance in enterprises. All types of companies can participate, from family businesses and small businesses up to large multinational companies. To join, you only have to answer their questionnaire.

Have a look and involve your company!



Families, Relationships and Societies – Special Issue: Contemporary fatherhood: July 2015; Vol. 4, No. 2 | Guest editors: Tina Miller and Esther Dermott.


La Asociación Educativa Dando Vueltas – Biraka organiza las II Jornadas de Apego, resiliencia y parentalidad positiva en Vitoria-Gasteiz los próximos días 10 y 11 de febrero.

Si os interesa, aquí encontraréis el enlace de acceso al formulario de inscripción, el programa y toda la información detallada de los contenidos de las jornadas. Una de las ponencias correrá a cargo de @RitxarBacete, especialista en género y masculinidades, que hablará de “Con P de Padre: Paternidades positivas, paternidades que transforman.”

Tienen muy buena pinta. No os las perdáis.

El pasado 20 de noviembre, Ana Requena Aguilar @RequenaAguilar, del periódico, escribía sobre una realidad que se resiste a cambiar en nuestro país: las mujeres, también las jóvenes, siguen cargando en mayor medida con el trabajo doméstico y de cuidados; los hombres asumen más que las generaciones anteriores pero el reparto aún está lejos de ser equitativo.

“Según recoge el informe Spanish Gender Gap, de la Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada (Fedea), las mujeres dedican diariamente 2,5 horas más al día que los hombres a tareas domésticas y de cuidado, 1,4 horas menos al trabajo remunerado y 1 hora menos al ocio y el tiempo libre. La llegada de un hijo, subraya el informe, ahonda ese reparto desigual de tareas. Sin embargo, las encuestas revelan que las generaciones jóvenes se identifican con valores de igualdad en la familia y rechazan el modelo tradicional con una división asimétrica de las tareas. Según el último estudio Familia y Género del CIS, de 2012, el 88,9% de los hombres y el 92,5% de las mujeres prefieren un modelo de familia en el que los dos miembros de la pareja participen de los ingresos y las tareas de cuidado. El día a día, sin embargo, muestra una realidad diferente.”

@MenRolesProject participa en el artículo publicado cuyo título ya invita a una reflexión: El espejismo de la igualdad: hombres que creen que comparten las tareas de la casa.

We have much pleasure in informing you that the book Couples’ Transitions to Parenthood: Analysing Gender and Work in Europe edited by Daniela Grunow and Marie Evertsson has been published.

“It is common for European couples living fairly egalitarian lives to adopt a traditional division of labour at the transition to parenthood. Based on in-depth interviews with 334 parents-to-be in eight European countries, this book explores the implications of family policies and gender culture from the perspective of couples who are expecting their first child. Couples’ Transitions to Parenthood: Analysing Gender and Work in Europe is the first comparative, qualitative study that explicitly locates couples’ parenting ideals and plans in the wider context of national institutions.
This unique analysis of transitions to parenthood in contemporary Europe focuses on Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic and Poland. It explores how parents’ agency varies along with policy–culture gaps in their countries and provides evidence of their struggle to adapt to, or resist, socially desired paths and patterns of change. In fact, the ways in which institutional structures limit possible choices and beliefs about motherhood and fatherhood are linked in ways that often go unnoticed by social scientists, policymakers and parents themselves.
This cutting-edge book will be of interest to social scientists, political scientists, journalists and policymakers. Parents-to-be will also find value in this analysis of gender in parenthood.”

You can find the online version here

The Spanish TransParent team has contributed with a chapter entitled The transition to parenthood in Spain: daptations to ideals.

We have very much enjoyed working in the book, and would be most grateful if you could distribute to friends and colleagues.

Thank you very much in advance and enjoy it!

Seminar “Fathers’ involvement in family life: changing cross-national differences”

By Oriel Sullivan

Turin 27/10/2016

Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies



In this presentation I examine the changing nature of fathers’ contributions to family life, focusing particularly on fathers’ changing contributions to housework and childcare in different welfare state regimes, and on the changing effect of education on fathers’ contributions in low fertility countries. While there is a relatively substantial literature on cross-sectional differences in father’s investment between subgroups of the population, and rather less on overall changes over time in fathers’ contributions, there is still relatively little research that takes as its focus the way that differences between subgroups change over time. The idea is that by observing such changes we can understand more about the underlying processes of change.




Who cares? Who shares? Men as agents and beneficiaries in gender equality policies.

17-18 October 2016


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