From Mathis’ blog “News to Me”:
“The study in the American Sociological Review says husbands who spend more time doing traditionally female chores, such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping, report having less sex than those who partake “in traditionally masculine tasks — yard work, paying bills, and auto maintenance,” reports Agence France Presse.
The study looked at 7,002 straight, married couples in the United States. The median age of those in the study was about 43. Data used in the study was collected from 1992 to 1994. Researchers could not use more recent info because “to our knowledge, it is the only dataset with detailed measures of both sexual frequency and actual participation in household labor.”
Still, the researchers, two-thirds of which are female, concluded “display of gender is important for creation of sexual desire and performance of sexual activity.”
“Men or women may, in essence, be turned on (however indirectly) when partners in a marriage do more gender-traditional work.”
George Mathis quotes a female co-worker who says this study is BS and I completely agree with her.
If a husband is helping around the house at all, doing any type of work, he is bound to get more sex for multiple reasons.
No. 1 — The woman has some of the household burden taken off of her plate thus giving her more time for “leisure” activities.
No. 2 — The woman is grateful to her husband for helping and being engaged in their family life and is therefore more likely to want be romantic with him. Now I am not saying this is a quid pro quo but if your spouse is helping you are more likely to be predisposed to having sex with him.
Now I think the point the study is trying to make is to distinguish between men helping with less masculine things and I call BS on that too. I don’t care if Michael scrubs toilets, takes out the garbage or washes clothes, I just appreciate all that he does around the house.
What do you think? Are you less turned on by a husband who washes dishes or cooks instead of mows the lawn? Or are you just happy to have help? Do you find that you are more likely to put out if your husband has helped at home? Hubbies: Do you find your wife to be more amorous when you have pitched in?