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More Housework Means Less Sex For Husbands

From the Agence France Presse:

More housework, less sex for married men: study

30 January 2013

AFP – The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as they say: the more housework married men do, the less sex they have, according to a new study published Wednesday.

Husbands who spend more time doing traditionally female chores — such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping — reported having less sex than those who do more masculine tasks, said the study in the American Sociological Review.

"Our findings suggest the importance of socialized gender roles for sexual frequency in heterosexual marriage," said lead author Sabino Kornrich, of the Center for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid.

"Couples in which men participate more in housework typically done by women report having sex less frequently. Similarly, couples in which men participate more in traditionally masculine tasks — such as yard work, paying bills, and auto maintenance — report higher sexual frequency."

So some kind of work is still expected? Rats.

His study, "Egalitarianism, Housework, and Sexual Frequency in Marriage," looks at straight married couples in the United States, and was based on data from the National Survey of Families and Households. The study was co-authored by University of Washington sociologist Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Katrina Leupp.

Why were gays left out? Are the authors and the University of Washington homophobes?

Men in the study reported having had sex an average of 5.2 times in the month prior to the survey, while women reported 5.6.

That is hilarious. Women would inflate the number.

But both men and women in couples with more traditional household labor divisions said they had more sex.

"The results suggest the existence of a gendered set of sexual scripts, in which the traditional performance and display of gender is important for creation of sexual desire and performance of sexual activity," Kornrich said.

This is sure to set off those professional harpies over at NOW.

However, the study’s authors stop short of arguing that house husbands should hang up their aprons.

"Men who refuse to help around the house could increase conflict in their marriage and lower their wives’ marital satisfaction," Kornrich said.

"Earlier research has found that women’s marital satisfaction is indeed linked to men’s participation in overall household labor, which encompasses tasks traditionally done by both men and women."

So let’s see. ‘More sex’ versus more ‘marital satisfaction.’ That’s a tough one.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 31st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “More Housework Means Less Sex For Husbands”

  1. dasher

    You’re a scream Steve, what a great commentary!! Remind me to make another donation to S&L, great work today!

  2. Jeeto: I didn’t know you smoked. When did you start?
    Preeto: That night my husband came home early & found a cigarette butt in the ashtray.

    Doctor: Do you watch your husband’s face during sex?
    Preeto: I did once & saw anger.
    Doctor: Why
    Preeto: Because he was watching from the window.

    Husband- When I got mad at you, you never fight back, How do you control your anger?
    Wife- I clean the toilet.
    Husband-How does that help?
    Wife- I use your toothbrush

    Husband: Let’s go out and have some fun tonight.
    Wife: Okay, but if you get home before I do, leave the hallway light on.

    Our last fight was my fault. My wife asked, “What’s on the TV?”
    I said, “Dust!”

  3. 5.2 times a month? Proof positive that marriage kills your sex life.
    And how do you have sex .2 times? Is the .2 times a start without a finish, a finish without a start, or just sad and alone?

  4. In that case, tell her to ‘fetch me a beer’ and she’ll give you a night to remember. I (heart) research.

  5. yadayada

    just wait for the other shoe to drop — libs can’t possibly let stand a study saying women need to cook and clean house to have a satifying marriage and sex life.
    next “study” is going to show us how gay couples divide housework equally, have the most satisfaction, are more monogamous, less abusive, and have sex 8.3 times a week.

    oh, wait… that’s what they’ve been telling us for decades


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