OK. Now I'm getting worried about my mental health. I've just finished quickly skimming a study which concluded that based on data from the early 1990s those married couples with the most gender-traditional division of labor at home (she does cooking, laundry, dusting, vacuuming, he does bills and the yard and driving) had the most sex. Those married couples who had a less gender-traditional division of labor at home had a lower frequency of sex. Or rather, the larger the share of the husband in traditionally female chores, the lower the frequency.
More about the study itself in a later post, after I have read it more carefully. But after finishing skimming it I murmured to myself (as us goddesses do): "I bet your ass that almost all the popularizations are going to be about men and sex, not about couples and sex, or about women and sex, and I also bet your donkey that many of them hint that men should do fewer of those female chores because that way they will get more sex!"
And then I Google the study and start reading the popularizations and I laugh and I laugh and I laugh and then I wonder how I can find it so very funny that my predictions are 100% correct. Whatever.
First, there are 116 separate popularizations of this study, the Google machine tells me. Wow! Even important health studies rarely get to those numbers.
Second, many of them indeed seem to think that the study is about men-and-sex, not about couples-and-sex. Examples:
Listen up, men.
Before you listen to your wife tell you doing more chores around the house will lead to more sex, read this.
The Australian headline:
Valentine's Day Tip For Men: Sex More Likely For Those Who Avoid House Chores
The UK Telegraph headline:
For men, doing housework means less sex, say sociologists
Digital Journal headline:
Husbands who only do 'manly' chores have more sex - study
And so on and so on. Can you see why I was laughing? Humans really ARE hilarious. And not the English speaking ones only:
Study: More housework equals less sex for married men