Do Egalitarian Couples Have More Sex?
Studies show that partnership characteristics are influenced by distribution of housework, e.g. if the man's share of the housework increases, the woman's partnership satisfaction rises and the risk of divorce diminishes. However, relatively few studies have addressed how housework distribution influences the frequency of sex in domestic partnerships. Kornrich et al. (2012) is a recent exception. They suggest that traditional gender behavior fuels sexual scripts and therefore results in higher sexual frequency. However, the data for their study, collected in the United States, is 20 years old and only focuses on married couples. Further, other studies assume that women exchange sex for housework, resulting in a negative association between women's share of housework and sexual frequency.
So far there is no known study from Germany that deals with this topic. Using pairfam data I can demonstrate that couples with an egalitarian housework distribution have the highest sexual frequency. This correlation exists for traditionally female, as well as for traditionally male housework. Neither sexual scripts, nor exchange seem suitable to explain this correlation. Moreover, I am going to use fixed effects panel regression methods to examine if this correlation also holds true in a longitudinal analysis and to explore the underlying causes of this correlation.