Study: Men who do “women’s chores” get less sex. (VIDEO)

You can bring home the bacon guys, but don’t wash that pan!

A study published in the American Sociological Review claims that men who engage in “traditionally female labor” (dishes, laundry, etc.) get less sex than those who do not. The study also found that, “A couple’s sex life is governed by a gendered set of sexual scripts,” meaning that men who do typical “guy” chores, such as mowing the grass, do, in fact, get lucky more often.

The report indicates that the genders differentiate subconsciously between types of work as “manly”. So men who repair the house are fine, but if you do the dishes, you’re probably not going to get any. The findings are taken from a 20-year-old U.S. data set that surveyed more than 4,561 middle-aged couples on a variety of measures, including sexual frequency and household chores.

Lead author of the report Sabino Kornrich said in a press release that, “Our findings suggest the importance of socialized gender roles for sexual frequency in heterosexual marriage. 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.” Kornrich also said, “I suspect that sex may change more slowly than other areas [of behavior] because we don’t want to talk about it and don’t want to address it.”

Julia Brines, a University of Washington associate professor of sociology and a co-author of the report said, “Marriage today isn’t what it was 30 or 40 years ago, but there are some things that remain important. Sex and housework are still key aspects of sharing a life, and both are related to marital satisfaction and how spouses express their gender identity.”

The findings are correlational, so they can’t say whether dishwashing actually makes men less sexy. But there’s also lots of anecdotal evidence that women prefer more masculine men in general. And if the findings from this report are true, it would seem that men who do more masculine chores would get sex more often. That means that in theory if men want more sex in their marriage, they should do more manly chores.


pup November 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

“That means that in theory if men want more sex in their marriage, they should do more manly chores.” …and let the women do most of the women’s work. I help once in a while, but for the most part, wife knows her jobs and I know mine. Can’t wait for the feminists to start clucking about this one!

Matt Vaughn November 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

inb4 raging feminists. Eh, who am I kidding? Feminists are usually liberals, and liberals don’t read. 😀

fantasticrice November 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Correction: they only read Huffington Post, Think Progress, and the like.

anonymouse November 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

“”Marriage today isn’t what it was 30 or 40 years ago…”

That is a curious way of putting it considering that the data used for this study was 20 years old! Is marriage today like it was 20 years ago?

Chuck Reichenbach November 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Yes, marriage is the same. At least between a man and a woman. I don’t recall any gene manipulation to make humans different.

mark November 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

These are men doing the housework,because momma can’t pry her big ass off the couch

Angelia November 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Well this is the most dumb thing I have read in awhile. This has nothing to do with whether a man helps with the dishes or fixes cars in order to have sex with his wife. This has to do with prude ass lazy spoiled women not giving their man credit where credit is due… Men are not less masculine bc they helped their wives do the damn dishes they helped dirty up. Or they babysit the children they helped create while mom goes and gets groceries in peace. This has everything to do with the people involved in the relationship.. How they communicate and interact with one another.. My husband cooks dinner and does dishes and watches my son and runs my bath.. He also is a veteran from the Marine Corps and special training he hunts and welds and works on cars and plays video games all the normal man things. Let me tell you something he gets shagged every night whether he washed dishes or fixed a four wheeler.. I am not attracted to what he does for himself or for me or my son I am attracted to who he is as a person. I am attracted to his nature and how well we compliment one another.. And that is what determines you getting shagged or not.. Whether yall are assholes to one another or not. That is just how I see it.

Mario Lawrence November 5, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Seems the study is ignoring how the different relationships could be “framed”.
It’s all about the “frame” of a relationship.
For example:
A man that is doing chores because his wife demands him to, or because he wants to be a “nice husband” to “win her favor” is in a bad frame. He’s being a suck-up.
In contrast, if a man is doing chores AND delegating chores that need to be done, because he is taking charge of the orderliness of his home… He’s being a Man, and is “getting plenty”.
In both cases the man is doing chores, but the “frame” and atmosphere surrounding him doing the chores is vastly different.

Sissies don’t get pussy.
Hard working, take-charge men do.

Travis November 7, 2013 at 2:01 am

Whether the rest of you believe this to be true, I can tell you that it rings pretty true in my house… I’m lucky to have sex once a month, and I have to do all of the cooking, all of the dishes, and most of the laundry. However, I also do all of the yard work, and fix cars, so I’m not sure where we lie in this…

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