Friday, February 8, 2013
This, That, and the Other
The other day I was listening to the radio when someone discussed the results of a study regarding frequency of sex and male/female work roles. My ears peeked to the conversation and later that day I went looking for the article. I found the following studies interesting. They aren't about D/s per se, they don't all align themselves the the D/s community, and like any study - one can find results that either agree or disagree with one's own perspectives on life. All you have to do is read enough studies to find those that present conclusions that mesh with your philosophy. One needs to remember as well, that one study doesn't proove anything. Yet, with that in mind here are some interesting articles I read in the past week. I hope you find these studies as stimulating as I did. As for my opinion..... I'm not sure I have one but it does make me think and that is always a good thing for my aging brain to spend time doing.
Housework Trends over a 30 year period
I found this interesting. Over a thirty year time period a study done by the Institute for Social Research found that single women do less housework now than before, that single men do about the same as in the mid 70's, but that married men help more around the home while married women do a little less.
This study had nothing to do with D/s, femdom or anything else related to alternative lifestyles. All it noted was the change in the amount of work men seem to be doing now compared to a period some 30 years previous. You can read the full article here
Weekly hours of basic housework by gender and marital status. (Credit: UM Institute for Social Research)
Roles of Fathers and Mothers in Quebec
Another study examining the changing roles of mothers and fathers in Quebec found the following: 60% of Quebecers agreed it was fine for the father to stay at home and care for children. However the rest of Canada felt pretty much the opposite with 65% believing mothers should decrease their professional activities when children are born. The article notes in Quebec, relationships between men and women are on more of an equal footing than anywhere else in North America. Between 2001 and 2006, the number of fathers demanding paternity leave upon the birth or adoption of their child quadrupled. There have been significant changes in the last 15 years yet the changes seen in Quebec are the exception rather than the norm.
The full article can be found here
Husbands Who Do More Traditionally Female Housework Have Less Sex
Married men and women who divide household chores in traditional ways report having more sex than couples who share so-called men's and women's work, according to a new study co-authored by sociologists at the University of Washington.
The researchers found that husbands, average age 46, and wives, average age 44, spent a combined 34 hours a week on traditionally female chores. Couples spent an additional 17 hours a week on chores usually thought of as men's work. Husbands performed about one-fifth of traditionally female tasks and a little more than half of the male-type work suggesting that wives help out with men's chores more often than husbands help with female tasks.
Men and women reported having sex about an average of five times per month. Marriages in which the wife does all of the raditionally female tasks reported having had sex about 6.6 times per month compared to the 5 times/month in marriages in which the husband does all of the "female" chores.
Read the full article here