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More housework, less sex for married men: Study

Published on Jan 30, 2013 5:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as they say: the more housework married men do, the less sex they have, according to a new study published on Wednesday.

Husbands who spend more time doing traditionally female chores - such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping - reported having less sex than those who do more masculine tasks, said the study in the American Sociological Review.

"Our findings suggest the importance of socialised gender roles for sexual frequency in heterosexual marriage," said lead author Sabino Kornrich, of the Centre for Advanced Studies at the Juan March Institute in Madrid.

"Couples in which men participate more in housework typically done by women report having sex less frequently. Similarly, couples in which men participate more in traditionally masculine tasks - such as yard work, paying bills, and auto maintenance - report higher sexual frequency."

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