(ITHACA, N.Y.) — The great debate about whether men and women should share equally in household chores has been revived, thanks to a Cornell University study that apparently debunks the findings of a University of Washington study that only came out last year.
According to the previous research from 2013, men who partook in so-called feminine chores like cooking and cleaning weren’t as sexually active as guys who stuck to more masculine activities like fixing a leaky faucet.
However, Cornell social demographer Sharon Sassler claims the results were skewed because virtually all of the 4,560 couple surveyed had been together two decades or longer.
For her research, Sassler interviewed couples married no more than 20 years and discovered that men and women who split their chores, even the ones perceived as feminine, enjoyed just as good a sex life as those where the women did most of the heavy lifting around the house.
In fact, the only time when activity in the bedroom fell off was when men reported that they did most of the household work.
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