Couples Who Share Housework 50% More Likely to Divorce
Here's some fodder for the gender wars. A Norwegian study claims to have found that when a woman does the majority of housework, her marriage is much more likely to survive. The Daily Telegraph calls it "a slap in the face for gender equality."
“What we’ve seen is that sharing equal responsibility for work in the home doesn’t necessarily contribute to contentment,” said Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study entitled “Equality in the Home”...
The figures clearly show that “the more a man does in the home, the higher the divorce rate.”
This is one of those splendid correlation vs. causation controversies. Do chores really make a woman's marriage? Or are there other harmful values at work among "modern" couples, which could explain the higher divorce rate? You know, all those hard core feminist broads who bagged marshmallowy metrosexuals for husbands--gotta be some other issues going on there. (Check out Sandra Tsing Loh's sad, semi-psychotic ode to marshmallow men over at The Atlantic for a few good examples of "other issues.")
Guys, next time she asks you to take out the garbage in the middle of a football game, you could try mentioning the Norwegian study. Maybe get a little misty-eyed about how you would be happy to take it out, except for the danger such an action would represent to your marriage.
Go ahead, try it -- I dare you.