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Study: Men Who Do Housework Have More Sex

This father in New Jersey fixes dinner for the family, October 2009. It might be a good idea (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

This father in New Jersey fixes dinner for the family, October 2009. It might be a good idea (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report.

Some men may think it is not their job to help with housework. They may think that it is a woman’s job to wash clothes or clean up after a meal.

But a new study shows these men may want to think again.

The study found that a man who helped around the house not only has more sex with his partner; he also has a really good sex life.

It is time to face facts.

Women find a man washing dishes very sexy.

And now there is scientific evidence to prove it.

A new study suggests that men who do their share of housework have better sex lives.

Matt Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. He remembered reading about an earlier study on housework. That study claimed that men who did little or no work at home had more sex.

Johnson told Medical News Online that this claim does not seem to ring true. He said it does not support his experience as a couple’s therapist. In that job, he provided advice to married couples and others on personal relationships.

So, Johnson helped organize the new study to re-investigate the relationship between dividing household duties and sex lives.

He and the other researchers examined information about 1,338 couples. These men and women were part of a German project on relationships.

For that project, researchers asked each male partner about the amount of housework they did. They asked the men what household chores they did, and whether the level of work was similar to that of their partner.

The researchers looked each partner's sexual satisfaction and sexual activities rates one year later.

The results showed no link between the amount of housework a man did and a couple's sex life. It was the idea of “fairness” that made the most difference.

The men who thought they did a fair part of the household chores had sex more often with their partner. And both partners reported their sex life being more satisfying.

So, men, get to work. Wash those dishes! Make the bed! The study did not ask why you are cleaning – just that you are cleaning.

Johnson and his colleagues reported their findings in the Journal of Family Psychology.

I’m Anna Matteo.

Anna Matteo wrote this piece for VOA Learning English. Her information was based on reports from several online articles, including Medical News Online. George Grow was the editor.


Words in This Story

ecology - n. a science that deals with the relationships between groups of living things and their environments : the relationships between a group of living things and their environment

ring true - idiomatic expression : to sound or seem true or likely

chore - n. the regular or daily light work of a household or farm

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