Back when my husband and I were going through pre-marital counseling with our pastor, he said something about how men helping out around the house can be an aphrodisiac. And this is true, of course.
Mark and I laugh about how excited I get when he takes out the trash or changes the lightbulbs.
Anyway, science backs up what all of us who divide labor along traditional roles know: we have more sex. Oh wait, I didn't know that, but I am not surprised:
AFP -The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as they say: the more housework married men do, the less sex they have, according to a new study published Wednesday.
Husbands who spend more time doing traditionally female chores -- such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping -- reported having less sex than those who do more masculine tasks, said the study in the American Sociological Review.
"Our findings suggest the importance of socialized gender roles for sexual frequency in heterosexual marriage," said lead author Sabino Kornrich, of the Center for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid.
"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."
While I do think traditional roles for men and women make a great deal of sense, I think the key thing to keep in mind here is division of labor. It's efficient, it's easier and ... more sex.