Guys who do more housework get less sex

February 7, 2014

No, really. It is science.

Sabino Kornrich, Julie Brines, Katrina Leupp. Egalitarianism, Housework, and Sexual Frequency in Marriage American Sociological Review February 2013 vol. 78 no. 1 26-50 doi: 10.1177/0003122412472340

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Data are from Wave II of the National Survey of Families and Households published in 1996, interviews from 1992-1994.

The division of labor:

Core tasks include preparing meals, washing dishes, cleaning house, shopping, and washing and ironing; non-core tasks include outdoor work, paying bills, auto maintenance, and driving.

As you can see in the graph, the more of the “core” tasks a man completes, the less sex he gets.

The covariates for overall marital happiness and specific happiness with spouses’ contribution to housework did not change this relationship. The covariate for gender-traditional ideology on household labor likewise did not change this relationship. Thus, none of these factors explains the relationship between sex frequency and the participation of the man in “core” chores.

One interesting tidbit of note in surveys like this:

women reported having sex with their spouses slightly more than five and a half times in the past month, and men reported lower frequencies, about .4 times fewer over the past month. Although it may appear surprising that husbands’ reports are lower than their wives’, existing research comparing husbands’ and wives’ reports has found similar results

I’m sure that won’t cause any hilarious disagreement over which is the true value.

I’m sure the overall finding is entirely intuitive and agreeable to your sensibilities.

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h/t: @seelix and @docfreeride

also, The Times is ON it.

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22 Responses to “Guys who do more housework get less sex”

  1. miko Says:

    Might look less dramatic if the y-axis started at zero.

    Also, those aren’t even data (obviously)… that”s the “prediction” of their “model.” Shameless.

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  2. DJMH Says:

    Correlation, causation much? Maybe the guys who buy the groceries and do the dishes are too tired to be interested. But you’ve immediately turned it into the woman’s fault.

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  3. Dave Says:

    Thus, none of these factors explains the relationship between sex frequency and the participation of the man in “core” chores

    beta-males…….nuff said

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  4. atcgphd Says:

    I was going to say, correlation is not causation, but DJMH beat me to it.

    But then, y’know, maybe guys who refuse to do their share of the housework also don’t believe in marital rape.

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  5. drugmonkey Says:

    But you’ve immediately turned it into the woman’s fault.

    Now where did I say any such thing? You, on the other hand…..

    maybe guys who refuse to do their share of the housework also don’t believe in marital rape.

    Say what?

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  6. Oddly, I use the sex housework thing as an example in my correlation is not causation lecture, and the direction of the correlation in the most recent study changes every few years! The article before this one shows a positive, not negative, correlation.

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  7. drugmonkey Says:

    cite?

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  8. Dave Says:

    But then, y’know, maybe guys who refuse to do their share of the housework also don’t believe in marital rape

    Sooooo, they must all be Republicans as well. Got it.

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  9. DJMH Says:

    It”s right in your header, that they “get” less sex. Could be that they “want” less sex, couldn’t it?

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  10. smithers Says:

    The man gets less sex, but so does the woman! It looks like this is saying to women that either the man helps out around the house -or- you get more sex. I guess women really can’t have it all.

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  11. Grumble Says:

    The man gets less sex, but so does the woman? No, the woman is out having sex with her boyfriend while the man is at home washing the dishes and ironing the clothes.

    On the other hand, if the man is mowing the lawn, fixing the car and doing the taxes, he is clearly so attractive that there is no need for the woman to have a boyfriend on the side.

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  12. Physician Scientist Says:

    You guys are missing the main point – 4-5X a month? This seems pretty low.

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  13. drugmonkey Says:

    Not sure why you infer that from “get”, DJMH. Seems a little project-y to me.

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  14. Eli Rabett Says:

    Eli confidently predicts the incidence of divorce will increase amongst men who become aware of this paper and decrease amongst women

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  15. Dude, you are the feeblest troll ever. Please try again.

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  16. Google housework sex and scan down. Someone publishes a new study on this topic every other year or so. Note the last one says “more” in all the news articles, even if this one says “less”.

    And yeah, correlation is so not causation.

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  17. miko Says:

    Of course correlation is not causation, but this is worse than that. Look at the paper: I defy anyone to convince me that they have even shown a correlation *in the data* and not just a model that is wholly dependent on selective inference and data tickling.

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  18. D. C. Sessions Says:

    No attempt to control for age or SES? I’m so impressed.

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  19. dsks Says:

    Wait, doesn’t sex qualify as housework?

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  20. Was the study controlled for having kids or not? There is more “work to be done” total after having a kid, and also less time/opportunity for sex. Was it just the total housework a guy did or the amount RELATIVE TO how much the woman did?

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  21. drugmonkey Says:

    Only for British people, dsks.

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  22. drugmonkey Says:

    cellularscale- relative. X axis is labeled “Men’s share” and, naturally, ends at 1:1.

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