Men who do domestic chores get laid more often, according to a study published in the American Sociological Review.
However, it comes with a strangely sexist caveat: only doing “manly” chores leads to more bedroom action.
The study, “Egalitarianism, Housework and Sexual Frequency in Marriage,” found men who do so-called “traditionally female labor” like washing dishes and doing laundry got less nookie than those who do more allegedly masculine chores. Personally, I think there is nothing sexier than coming home to my man doing the dishes (AKA choreplay), and I’d venture that lots of ladies would feel the same way. Clean houses are sexy! Apparently psychology says otherwise. The study found:
“’A couple’s sex life is governed by a gendered set of sexual scripts,’ meaning that men who do typical ‘guy’ chores, such as mowing the grass, do, in fact, get lucky more often.”
The study theorizes that while women may love seeing their guy vacuuming or making dinner, something may shift in their subconscious. When they see men doing “feminine” chores, the primitive part of their brains might be telling them that something isn’t quite right, and they’re less turned on. I hope that’s not the case, because the idea of us being programmed on such an primal level is kind of a bummer.
Men of the world, please continue to fold the clean socks and scrub scrambled eggs out of the frying pan. If I have anything to say about it, you’ll definitely still be getting some.
[Image of man washing dishes via Shutterstock]