Husbands who routinely don aprons get less sex, according to a new study lauded by lazy married men.
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.”
A female co-worker contacted for this story said, “That is complete [bleep].”
Wives in the study reported having sex 5.6 times per month; husbands 5.2 times per month.
Researchers are aware their conclusions conflict with earlier studies, but point out their study takes into account exactly what type of work is being performed.
“One key innovation [in the study] is that rather than consider all housework as identical, we separately examine men’s and women’s time spent in traditionally masculine and traditionally feminine tasks,” researchers wrote.
Unfortunately, researchers also concluded husbands who do nothing to help around the house may eventually live alone in a crummy 1-bedroom apartment stacked high with dirty dishes and empty pizza boxes.
“Men who refuse to help around the house could increase conflict in their marriage and lower their wives’ marital satisfaction,” said researcher Sabino Kornrich.
Other studies, however, have concluded “Couples Who Share Housework Run Higher Risk Of Divorce.”
Perhaps my not knowing my home contained a dishwasher, until it broke, is a good thing.
Other interesting tidbits alleged in the study: