Gender roles are definitive in deciding behaviour in a marital state. Recent studies have depicted that men who are more engaged in household chores like cooking, cleaning, washing etc. feel less affinity towards sex than men who are not engaged in such types of work.
Families which follow the traditional gender roles in marriage, and the women in the house do the cooking, washing, sweeping and such chores, while men pay the bills, take the car for servicing etc. have men who are more interested and inclined towards sex.
Gender role is generally defined as a set of attitudes, behaviours, and self-presentation methods ascribed to members of a certain biological sex. This includes norms for behaviour, which some researchers have started to call “the rules of masculinity” or “masculine ideology.”
Men who indulge in cooking, cleaning etc. feel psychologically feminine too, hence they are less inclined to progress towards sex, however, researchers and author add here, that it is not that those men do not have sex.
Co-author Julie Brines, professor of sociology at the University of Washington, said:
"The results show that gender still organizes quite a bit of everyday life in marriage. In particular, it seems that the gender identities husbands and wives express through the chores they do also help structure sexual behaviour."
Lead author, Sabino Kornrich studied husbands and wives spent 34 hours each week on traditional female household chores, the couples spent an extra 17 hours each week on "men's work".
These couples were found to have sex 4 times a week approximately, while couples in which female does the household work have sex 1.6 times as oftener than the former.
The prevalent reason can be the traditional ideas associated with the males’ progressive role towards sex, which is determined by his income, while the female’s income doesn’t influence her sexual inclination or satisfaction level.
A woman, though working, generally does all the household chores also, and hence she feels moderate towards sex, hence when a male indulges in cooking, washing etc. he also tends to feel a moderate inclination towards sexual drive, as the energy level in neutralised, or reduced.
However, these days, the marriage and roles in it, have changed, it is not the same.
Today, not all responsibilities of the house are burdened on the women. Couples need to free themselves from all kinds of workloads of the day, and find a free time for themselves to regain their energy for personal relationships.
There should be a balance in lifestyle where couples share their responsibilities, at the same time accommodate some personal space and time for each other so that they can enjoy a healthy romantic life.