Married men are likely to have less sex if they do a lot of housework, a study found.
But they could improve their sex lives by easing off the washing-up and chopping wood instead.
“Couples in which men participate more in housework typically done by women report having sex less frequently,” said study leader Dr Sabino Kornrich, from the Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain.
“Similarly, couples in which men participate more in traditionally masculine tasks – such as yard work, paying bills, and auto maintenance – report higher sexual frequency.”
The results suggest that adopting traditional gender roles is important to sexual desire and performance, said Dr Kornrich.
Time to bust out the old ax. It’s wood-chopping time.
“The importance of gender has declined over time, but it continues to exert a strong influence over individual behaviours, including sexual frequency within marriage,” Dr Kornrich added.
He had a warning for men who might now think they can be excused housework altogether.
That strategy was likely to backfire badly.
“Men who refuse to help around the house could increase conflict in their marriage and lower their wives' marital satisfaction,” said Dr Kornrich.
To be honest, putting a lot of stock in this seems dangerous. Men have been trying to figure out women for a long time and the progress in that department has been debatable.
[H/T: Daily Mirror]