I Can’t Make This Stuff Up


One of my favorite blog posts was the one last February on the breastfeeding moms and their school aged breastfeeding kids.  Yup, you can read it again by clicking here.


One reason I enjoyed writing that so much was that it brought me one of those gasping “Oh no” moments, the kind I write about in my memoir, At Home on the Kazakh Steppe. And it did so without me having to get on an airplane or travel to a distant land.  This was stuff going on in my own backyard, metaphorically anyway.


Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve found an article that … well, I’ll let you read it for yourself.

You might want to call your spouse or favorite significant other.  This one includes him or her as well.

It’s entitled,

The Secret to Boosting Sex Life is
the Equal Split of Housework.

And it was written by a reporter for and first appeared in the Food World News (dot com).

Yup, I can’t make this stuff up.   Enjoy

The Secret to Boosting Sex Life is the Equal Split of Housework

Nov 04, 2015 10:30 PM EST | By A. Maralit




(Photo : Getty Images)


Gone are the commonplace ideas of boosting intimacy.  A study by family ecology professor Dr Matt Johnson of the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta found, instead, that the frequency and satisfaction level of a couple’s sex life is directly down to the equal sharing of household work between men and women.


These findings were published in the paper ‘Skip the Dishes? Not so Fast! Sex and Housework Revisited‘.


The study based its data on the observation of 1,338 German couples across a period of five years. Among its main findings is the indication that the amount of housework that the male partner takes on is not at all related to the couple’s sexual enjoyment.


This finding, in fact, contradicts the frequently referenced 2012 study Egalitarianism, Housework, and Sexual Frequency in Marriage by the American Sociological Review. This previous study points to the detriment of sex when a man assumes any of the traditional female housework such as cooking, doing the laundry and cleaning the dishes.

Rather than taking away from it, the ability to equally split housework between the man and the woman evidently enhanced their ability to frequently and satisfactorily engage in sexual intimacy.


OK, back to me again.

To see the much longer, original article from Food World News, click here. 

Here is where I would normally add my two cents.  And I would, honest, but Woody and I must get some long overdue dusting done.



How about you? Have you been “splitting the housework evenly” of late? 


8 Responses

  1. Shirley Hershey Showalter
    | Reply

    Thanks for the chuckle to start my day, Janet. Perfect last line.

    • Janet Givens
      | Reply

      You’re very welcome, Shirley. Always enjoy making you chuckle. And, welcome home. I lived vicariously through you, thanks to your blog posts on Cuba. Wish we lived closer; I’d love to hear more.

  2. Joan Z. Rough
    | Reply

    Dusting and vacuuming together always help love prevail! 🙂

    • Janet Givens
      | Reply

      Sounds good to me.
      Do you remember when Cosmopolitan (via Helen Gurney Brown I imagine) came out with the idea that cooking together was the new aphrodesiac? That didn’t last long. Had to be 20, no, 30 years ago now. My, that was sobering!

  3. Marian Beaman
    | Reply

    A hoot and a holler – I remember reading the original “booby” post, Janet.

    I’m sick of housework. I’m going to let Cliff do all of it. Reading and writing are more important. That’s the truth!

    • Janet Givens
      | Reply

      Uh oh, Marian. If Cliff does ALL the housework, just think what you’ll be missing out on. Just put on loud, happy music and dust away. That’s what I love to do. 🙂

  4. Kathleen Pooler
    | Reply

    Janet, Thanks for the comic relief you always provide when you add your two-cents! I haven’t dusted in a while. Maybe I should try it. 🙂

    • Janet Givens
      | Reply

      Hi Kathy, of course the real question is, will Wayne do a little dusting as well? 🙂

      In either event, I hope you both enjoy a serene holiday season.

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