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Session B3
Intimacy, Equity and Gender Ideology among Married People: Comparing Four East Asian Societies
蔡明璋 Ming-Chang Tsai
Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies(RCHSS), Academia Sinica, Taiwan

This paper endeavors to examine personal intimacy by way of comparative investigation of the confiding behaviors of the spouse in four East Asian societies. Unlike most recent studies that adopt a subjective measure of marital satisfaction or reported stresses to assess close relationships between spouses in the region, this study takes a more direct approach to observe marital quality by way of observing ‘pure relationship’, that is, a sharing sense of self-disclosure between husband and wife. Willingness to disclose oneself to partners merits a closer examination particularly in the Confucian core societies, because the conventional stereotypes of a mute husband and a denigrated wife continue to convey a dramatic lack of conjugal attachment desired or necessitated to sustain a modern intimate relationship. Using the East Asian Social Survey (2006) data, I pay particular attention to the gender ideology, resource inequity and household division of labor arguments in understanding how the intimate disclosure among spouses is expressed or constrained.