Last week we asked you to share your least favorite household chore in exchange for a chance to win a Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer. You reminded us of every household duty we hate, but there can only be one winner. Click through to see which commenter won this week’s prize. Keep reading »
Ironing clothes is not one of our strong suits, and we avoid this task at all costs. Our problem stems from two issues: We were never properly taught how to get wrinkles out in the first place, and the iron we’re using to attempt this feat is pretty crappy. Rowenta to the rescue! Not only do designers like Christian Siriano and Zac Posen put Rowenta’s irons and steamers to use during New York Fashion Week, but Rowenta’s StyleLab offers video tutorials for us dummies. Now there’s no excuse for showing up to work in rumpled clothes. [$169.99, ShopRowenta.com]
We’re giving away a Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer, but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us your least favorite household chore and why you hate it so much by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 20. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, May 21. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win (Official Rules). Good luck! This contest is now closed.
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Cue a sarcastic “We’ve come along way, baby!” joke: A recent study by the children’s magazine Highlights found girls are assigned more chores at home than boys. The survey polled 845 kids between the ages of 5 and 12 and found 73 percent of girls do chores, while 65 percent of boys do. Eight percent may not sound like much; however, these findings are consistent with a 2006 study by the University of Michigan. Researchers polled 3,000 10- to 17-year-olds and discovered girls spend seven hours a week doing housework, while boys only spend five hours a week. Possibly explains why some grown-up dudes aren’t so proactive with the Clorox, doesn’t it? Was this your experience growing up? Did you do more chores than your brothers did? [NY Times] Keep reading »
What attracts you to a man the most — a sense of humor, a great smile, a hot bod, keen intelligence? Apparently, a lot of women get weak in the knees for men who do housework. A recent study from Oxford University examined “marriage and cohabitation rates” across 13 countries and “compared them to attitudes towards the roles of men and women at home.” After questioning “13,500 men and women aged between 20 and 45 from each country about gender, housework and childcare responsibilities,” researchers discovered that women are hottest for men “they believe they will help out with household chores and make an equal contribution towards childcare.” In countries where men are less likely to pull their weight at home, women are between 20-50% less likely to shack up with them. Dr Almudena Seville-Sanz, of the university’s Centre for Time Use Research, said: This study shows that in egalitarian countries there is less social stigma attached to men doing what was traditionally women’s work.’” After the jump see how the 13 countries included in the study rank on the “egalitarian index.” Keep reading »
Move over sensual massages and champagne! According to a new report, women get off on men doing chores around the house. â€œEmptying the dishwasher is a real clear sign that youâ€™re fighting for her love,â€ said Scott Haltzman, Brown University psychology professor and author of The Secrets of Happily Married Women. Heâ€™s discovered that helping out around the house unburdens your special lady and helps her relax. When she is at ease, sheâ€™s more likely to be in the mood to really get down to the dirty work of being a wife. But husbands, donâ€™t get greedy because itâ€™s not a tit for tat system. If you really want to tend to her needs, in or out of the bedroom, your intentions must be as good as your handy work. So, bend over and clean up! [AJC.com] Keep reading »