The Winona State University Athenaeum Series will present “Laundry or Lawn Mowing? Housework as Gender Performance in Same-Sex Couples” with assistant professor of sociology Nicole Civettini at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, on the second floor of the Darrell W. Krueger Library.

Civettini will discuss examinations and analysis of her theory about gender-normative traits among same-sex couples. Civettini surveyed 244 members of same-sex couples to explore the idea of normative vs. non-normative gender displays within a “gender performance” approach. She found that housework was not used to differentiate a gender identity, but within the sample, women who expressed greater masculinity did a smaller share of housework while men who expressed greater femininity contributed a larger share of housework.

All WSU Athenaeum Series events are free and open to the public.

The Athenaeum hosts events that explore and enhance the intellectual life of the University and the region through lectures, readings, performances, discussions and other events. By bringing together scholars, performers, students and community members for intellectual discussion and the sharing of cultural experiences, the Athenaeum reflects the importance the university places on the humanities, the arts and the sciences.

For more information about the Athenaeum Series or event descriptions, call Allison Quam at 507-457-2644, email or visit



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