As we all know, equal rights are pretty hot. And now there’s evidence to prove it. A recent study, to be published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, indicates how couples who share chores equally (which is sometimes considered nontraditional) tend to have more sex than those with an unequal division.
Cornell University professor Sharon Sassler, one of the authors of the study, explains “Contemporary couples who adhere to a more egalitarian division of labor are the only couples who have experienced an increase in sexual frequency compared to their counterparts of the past.” All of the other groups showed a decline in how often they had sex. And what’s even more interesting is that Sassler’s studies took into account previous data on the same subject. In an article for Quartz, Jenny Anderson reports how Sassler and her team found that the results differed from other data, but that marriage and relationship dynamics are also evolving.
Historian Stephanie Coontz backs up Sassler’s evidence by noting how power dynamics have changed in marriages. She explains, “In marriages of the 1950s and 1960s, wives often reported having sex more often than they wanted because they were dependent on their husbands. Now that women feel free to say no, they are more likely to say yes when they feel the relationship is fair.”
Sassler’s full study has yet to be published but we have a pretty good feeling about this. Less chores, more sex, and equality in our relationships? Count us in.