Aussie mothers breeding 'mummies’ boys'
8th July 2009, 13:00 WST
Australian mothers are breeding a generation of “mummies’ boys", new data reveals.
Social demographer Bernard Salt says new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 27 per cent of men aged between 20 and 34 are still living with their parents - double the proportion of women.
Mr Salt said the difference could be explained because men generally marry younger women.
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But because they were tied to the apron strings longer, these men could have unrealistic expectations of their partners, he said.
“Men are living at home well into their twenties because they get free meals, free board, free laundry, free access to the family car and you can have your girlfriend stay in your bedroom overnight, so why would you ever leave home?” Mr Salt told AAP.
“Plus the fact mum dotes on you and that leads to that we may well be raising this entire generation of men who are effectively mummie’s boys.
“The problem being that when they go out and form a meaningful relationship they expect their girlfriend to pick up where mum left off.”
A generation ago men generally left home at 18 and were fending for themselves managing their own household and budgets, he said.
“If you’ve got mummy picking up your dirty washing at 27 - you never actually learn those skills.”
The upshot of this is that if you are raised with this attitude of not having to do anything for yourself, men will have the attitude that: “If you don’t do anything, a woman’s going to do it for you”.