Despite all jokes to the contrary, married couples have more sex
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/06/2013 -- In a new study, the famous phrase “No good deed goes unpunished” seems to have something of a ring-of-truth to it, as men who help with chores appear to receive less sex overall.
The University of Washington has recently released research that was published in the American Sociological Review, which suggests that heterosexual couples have more “sexual encounter” when the genders take on their traditional roles, rather than a more symbiotic system.
“Where the male is doing the male tasks and the female is doing the female tasks, those are the couples (who) are having more sex,” UW Associate Professor of Sociology and study co-author Julia Brines said in an interview with the Toronto Star.
The study noted some rather interesting findings, including that twice as much time is spent on “female” chores each week than those of typical “male” chores.
Couples who participated in the study who did split the “female chores” had a reported five sexual encounters per each month. Those homes wherein the genders roles remained exclusive to the proper gender had an average of 1.6 more sexual encounters per month in comparison.
In other words, in a household where the female did 68 hours of housework per month, the male is gaining an extra two sexual encounters.
“If the activity is coded as masculine or feminine and it expresses ideas about what makes the opposite sex interesting, attractive, alluring, mysterious, that seems to be related to sexual activity and possibly sexual desire,” Brines tells the Star.
The data spanned 4,500 couples who were polled in the United States National Survey of Families and Households, conducted between 1992 and 1994.
More recent studies have found similar relationship dynamics have found congruent results. For instance, in a 2005 study of NORC at the University of Chicago, researchers found that married couples tend to have sex an average of 66 times per year, which is slightly more than once per week. The survey's director, Tom Smith, took the time to point out that this seemed to point out that married couples have sex more frequently than single counterparts.
“It’s not what it was 50 years ago; there was a lot of change in the division of household labor in the '70s,” Brines tells the Star. “But the pace of change started to slow down in the '80s, and by the mid-1990s it kind of remained stuck and you’re pretty much at the same point.”
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