Outrage at tips on chores and childbirth

Central Station | 12 Jan 2021

Seoul authorities are being slammed as sexist for advising pregnant wives to make big efforts to help husbands before heading to hospital to give birth.

The guidelines have been around since 2019, but they only captured attention last week and have now been removed amid much criticism. And by yesterday more than 20,000 people had signed a petition calling for the South Korean president to punish those responsible for the advice.

Weight will be managed without special exercises "by not putting off household chores like cleaning and doing the dishes," women were also told, and as the due date nears an expectant mother should prepare meals in advance for a husband "unfamiliar with cooking" and ensure he has clean underwear, socks and shirts to last until she returns from hospital.

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