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New study shows sharing in housework can lead to more sex


Hoping to get a little more action in the sack? Try making the bed.

A new study shows that couples who share equally in the housework share more loving in the bedroom.

The study looked at the sex lives of three types of heterosexual couples: conventional (the woman does 65 percent or more of the housework), egalitarian (the male partner performs 35-65 percent of the housework) and counterconventional (the man performs 65 percent or more of the housework)."

The new study "The Gendered Division of Housework and Couples' Sexual Relationships: A Reexamination" found we enjoy "an eroticism of fairness," meaning an equitable arrangement no longer puts a damper on a couple's sex life and, in fact, boosts it slightly. Egalitarian couples had sex an average of 6.8 times per month, the study finds, which is 0.5 times more per month than conventional couples and two times more than counterconventional couples.

The Chicago Tribune reported this is a switch from 20 years ago, when sex researchers found that more conventional roles triggered relationship satisfaction and sexual frequency with researchers noting "traditionally masculine and feminine behaviors consciously or unconsciously (serving) as turn-ons."

"Feelings of fairness and satisfaction with the division of housework are central to couples' relationship satisfaction, which is strongly related to sexual intimacy," write authors Daniel L. Carlson, Amanda J. Miller, Sharon Sassler and Sarah Hanson. "These results suggest that egalitarianism within couples has become the cultural ideal."

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