All is fair in Love & Chores …
We’ve come a long way since the Stepford housewife stereotype of the 1950s. The picturesque stay-at-home wife content with her life full of mundane daily chores and Benzedrine is no more … which is fine because girdles are impossible to figure out. With both sexes working more hours than ever, it only makes sense that couples more evenly distribute the burden of chores to better their relationship. Good thing new research shows that a 50/50 approach to housework also leads to a better sex life.
A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology has found that couples who divied domestic chores fairly tended to have not only a more satisfying sex life, but also more sex in general.
The study was administered by Dr. Matt Johnson, a professor at the University of Alberta. The idea prompting the research was a dissimilar 2012 study claiming that “men who did household chores traditionally regarded as women’s work – like washing the dishes, doing the laundry and cooking – were likely to have less sex.”
Dr. Johnson wasn’t buying the results of that study. Something just didn’t add up logically with his clinical experience. So, he took it upon himself to debunk this seemingly peculiar report and its findings. Just when the guys thought they were about to get out of Swiffering those Totino’s crumbs off the kitchen floor …
As explained by Dr. Johnson: “In any relationship, the amount of housework is going to mean something different based on the couple’s context, based on their own expectations for what each partner should be doing and their comparison levels of what happens with other couples they know.”
For the purposes of the study, Dr. Johnson used data collected over a half decade involving over 1,338 couples. The extensive sample size was used to determine whether the amount of housework undertaken by the male partners had any correlation on their sex life.
According to Destiny Connect, “when men perceived their contributions to chores as fair, the couple tended to have more frequent sex and both partners became more satisfied with their sex life.” Meaning when said dude peeled his ass off the couch and dismantled that epic beer-amid on the coffee table and maybe swept the apartment his girlfriend was inexplicably more likely to give him the sex.
“Rather than avoiding chores in the hopes of having more sex, as prior research would imply,” notes Dr. Johnson, “Men are likely to experience more frequent and satisfying passion for both partners between the sheets when they simply do their fair share.”
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Guys want to have more sex? Do your fair share. You too, ladies. We may be messy drunk cooks but that working art installation of rusted disposable razors and half-empty empty beauty products formerly known as a shower caddy is all yours …