As Valentine’s Day approaches, many husbands and boyfriends may think channeling their inner housewife by sprucing up the house will get them plenty of action with their spouses. However, according to a new study, data suggests that men who engage in chores generally associated with women are less likely to have sex with their significant others. It looks like men will need to return to their power tools and outdoor chores if they want to get intimate with their significant others. Could this be a return to gender roles circa the 1960s?
The study was conducted by the University of Washington, and made its way into the February issue of the American Sociological Review which was made public today. The study found that couples who stick to performing chores typically associated with their respective genders have sex more often. The authors argue that there is a strong correlation between traditional gender associated house chores with sexual frequency.
“Results show that both husbands and wives in couples with more traditional housework arrangements report higher sexual frequency, suggesting the importance of gender display rather than marital exchange for sex between heterosexual married partners,” said authors Sabino Kornich, Julie Brines, and Katrina Leupp.
The study used its data set from participants in the National Survey of Families and Households, for which interviews were conducted in the 1990s and early 2000s. Skeptics many find that this data is not up to date. Regardless, there has been a change in gender roles that can not be ignored.
"For couples in which men did no 'core' housework, sexual frequency was 4.8 times per month. For couples in which men did all of the 'core' housework, sexual frequency was 3.2 times per month," noted Kornich concerning the results.
It is hardly surprising that men who perform "manly" duties around the house would be intimate more frequently with their spouses.
Although our society has largely rejected the mentality that males must serve as primary breadwinner, and women are up to par with men in many respects, a return to some long-held expectations in terms of household duties may be a must if husbands want to keep the passion alive in their relationships.
After all, while women want, and should be, treated equally, they still expect their men to be men.