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Bad News: More Housework for Husbands Equals Less Sex

By Babble.com | Love + Sex

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It’s one or the other!

If you thought you were ahead of the game because your husband is a gem of a man who takes on the burden of some of the more traditionally female housework chores such as cooking, cleaning and shopping, think again.

According to a new study in the February issue of the American Sociological Review, “couples in which men participate more in housework typically done by women report having sex less frequently.”

The study, which was conducted at the Center for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, found that men had sex an average of 5.2 times in the month prior to the survey, while women reported 5.6 times on average. However, couples who performed more gender-traditional roles at home had more sex.

“The results suggest the existence of a gendered set of sexual scripts, in which the traditional performance and display of gender is important for creation of sexual desire and performance of sexual activity,” Sabino Kornrich, co-author of the study, said.

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