Domestic dudes

Date of publication: November 16, 2016


This paper focuses on the manifestation of masculinity in the domestic space in India, one that demonstrates signs of reduction of gender differences and of emergence of alternative domestic masculinity that actively engages itself with everyday domestic chores. The purpose of this paper is to dissect the emerging notion of domestic masculinity and identify what is driving Indian men to tie the apron at home and its impact on how men buy and consume household products and brands. The paper makes a strong argument to marketers to acknowledge the growing trend of equal sharing of domestic chores between millennial couples and target household brands to them and not treat the husbands as bumbling idiots who are best ignored and kept away from the domestic space.

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