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Study: Married Men Who Do "Traditionally Female Chores" Have Less Sex

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RUSH: The French News Agency says that the more housework married men do, the is sex they have. This is according to the latest study that was published yesterday. "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." (pause)

I'm stopping to make a note to myself on this, because I don't want this happening to me. I love this. The more housework married men do, the less sex they have, and then "Husbands who spend more time doing traditionally female chores -- such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping..." They say "traditionally female chores." Oh, that's gonna tick some people off. "'Our findings suggest the importance of socialized gender roles for sexual frequency in heterosexual marriage,' said lead author Sabino Kornrich, of the Center 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...'" By the way, what are those? Well, it says here: "'[Y]ard work, paying bills, and auto maintenance -- report higher sexual frequency.'" I think I can weigh in on this. Back when I lived in Kansas City, I had this house. It was in my first house. It was actually a shack, and it was in Overland Park, Kansas.

I had this neighbor and this guy, I don't know what he did for a living, because the only thing I ever saw him do was work around the house. He was mowing the yard or fixing the roof or tinkering around in the garage or rebuilding the chimney or laying new concrete for a sidewalk. I mean, he never stopped. The guy was constantly outside, drinking beer while doing this. His buddies would come down and help him, but constantly doing this handyman kind of stuff. It never stopped!

I didn't do any of that. I hired it done. I thought I got great credit for doing it! No, no, no, no. This guy was held out as some great Lothario. This survey may have something to it, because if this guy had been taking out the trash and cleaning the house and so forth and all that and doing cooking, I doubt that he would have the respect he had in the neighborhood. I mean, literally this guy, that's all he did. I never quite got over it.

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RUSH: Here's Alise in Maitland, Florida.  Hi Alise.  I'm glad you called.  Great to have you here.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  Wow.  Thank you for taking my call.

RUSH:  You bet.

CALLER:  My husband's gonna be very jealous I'm speaking to you.

RUSH:  No, really?

CALLER:  Really.  I'm just responding to your comment about the survey they did about men who do domestic chores not having as much sex.

RUSH:  Yes, that's right.  That's according to a survey out of Madrid.  Yeah.

CALLER:  Well, here's the reason.  Men always say women say they're too tired to have sex. So now men are too tired to have sex if they're doing the same chores the women were doing.

RUSH:  Is that how it works?  I interpreted it a different way.

CALLER:  How did you do it?

RUSH:  You tell me if I'm wrong.  I'm being dead serious.  I'm gonna catch grief.  I probably shouldn't say.

CALLER:  (laughing) Go ahead.

RUSH:  Okay, what's the premise?  The premise is that men who do what the survey says, not me, what the survey says is traditionally female work, get less sex.  Okay, to me that means their spouses have less respect for them.  If they can con them into doing the ironing and the washing and the cooking and the laundry and whatever else, it means they got 'em wrapped around their little finger. They're no longer a challenge. It isn't any fun anymore. It isn't any big deal. Nothing to do with getting tired.

CALLER:  Ohhh.  Well, we look at it in different ways, then.

RUSH:  Okay, so I'm not right?  In your case that would not be true, right?  Is that what you're saying?

CALLER:  Well, it could be, but I think it's just as much that the men aren't getting enough sex 'cause they're too tired.  If they're doing their jobs right, anyway.

RUSH:  Okay.  All right.  But I want you to be honest.  Well, no, it's not fair, never mind.  I'm not gonna put you in that position.

CALLER:  Okay.

RUSH:  You've already disagreed with me, and so that's that.  Are you saying men's chores are easier?  Like mowing the yard and fixing the car, auto maintenance. Are those less tiring endeavors than ironing and laundry and cleaning the house?

CALLER:  Well, not to hear a man say it, no, they're much, much more difficult.

RUSH:  Oh, what you're saying is that women always say, "Sorry, honey, too tired," and what they're doing is housework, so I see.  It's karma coming back --

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  I got you.  I got you.

CALLER:  Right.

RUSH:  Okay, Alise, thanks for the call.  I appreciate it.

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