1/30/2013

"More housework, less sex for married men: study"?

I would appreciate some theory for this finding.  I think that there is a real endogeniety problem here.  Something else is different in those households where men do more housework.
His study, "Egalitarianism, Housework, and Sexual Frequency in Marriage," looks at straight married couples in the United States, and was based on data from the National Survey of Families and Households.
The study was co-authored by University of Washington sociologist Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Katrina Leupp.
Men in the study reported having had sex an average of 5.2 times in the month prior to the survey, while women reported 5.6.
But both men and women in couples with more traditional household labor divisions said they had more sex. . . .

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Blogger Carlos Navarrete said...

Here's a crack at a theory:

Men with high mate quality (e.g. handsome, rich, etc.) tend to do less parental investment (because they have greater mating opportunity costs). Their mates put up with it, as it were, because of the trade-off for high mate quality. These men tend to have greater facial symmetry and testosterone, and women are more likely to have sex with them. The men themselves, might provide positive feedback here as well (e.g. greater testosterone leads to greater sex drive).

Its based on principles for Parentla Investment and Sexual Selection theory.

CD Navarrete

1/30/2013 12:13 PM  
Blogger ShadowJim said...

Seems like they could easily be confusing cause and correlation. Seems entirely possible to me that men that are more prone to do "womens's chores" could easily be men with lesser sexual drives--or they simply have less direct and forward mentalities so they're less likely to initiate...activities...to begin with.

1/30/2013 4:27 PM  

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