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Study: Husbands Who Do Household Chores Have Less Sex

| by Michael Allen

Women often claim that is "sexy" for a man to help out in the home with housework, but a new study seems to debunk that claim.

According to a study in the American Sociological Review, husbands who spend more time  cooking, cleaning, and shopping reported having less sex than men who do more masculine tasks, reports AFP.

Lead study author Sabino Kornrich, of the Center for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, said in a statement: "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."

"The results suggest the existence of a gendered set of sexual scripts, in which the traditional performance and display of gender is important for creation of sexual desire and performance of sexual activity."

The study, 'Egalitarianism, Housework, and Sexual Frequency in Marriage,' looked at heterosexual married couples in the United States and was based on data from the National Survey of Families and Households.

Both men and women in couples with more traditional household tasks said they had more sex.

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However, Kornrich added: "Men who refuse to help around the house could increase conflict in their marriage and lower their wives' marital satisfaction."

"Earlier research has found that women's marital satisfaction is indeed linked to men's participation in overall household labor, which encompasses tasks traditionally done by both men and women."