I Think Your Control Group Is Skewed

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Men said they spent 13 hours a week on household chores including cleaning the lavatory, taking out the rubbish and changing the bed linen.

But 60 per cent of the 1000 men questioned said their efforts were unnoticed by the woman in their lives because they did not like to make a fuss.

Almost half said they felt women were more prone to showing off about the amount of housework they take on.

The task most men said they did was taking out the rubbish – with 85 per cent claiming credit. Carrying the shopping bags was the second most popular chore among men, with 80 per cent saying they take the weight off their wife's shoulders.

Food shopping came in third place – with 78 per cent saying they are responsible for restocking the fridge each week.

The research by Dove, the beauty brand, found men spend 4.7 hours a week on housework as well as 1.5 hours on DIY and 6.9 hours on childcare.

Paul Connell, brand manager of Dove Men Care, said: "Our research shows that modern men are becoming more vocal about the contribution they make in the home, and the popular stereotype of men doing nothing around the house is no longer accurate."

Join with me in laughing hysterically.
They did not make a fuss? The Boyfriend once folded a blanket before leaving my place and EMAILED me to make sure that I noticed that he'd folded the blanket.
Carrying the shopping bags is considered a chore? Huh..
Ok give it to me straight. Do you agree, disagree, does your man expect a Nobel Peace Prize when he manages to put his socks in the laundry basket?


middle child said...
March 16, 2010 at 9:54 PM

No, sadly it is I looking for the Nobel Peace Prize. Or even a "good job, honey." I'd even settle for the discontinuation of the phrase, "you never do anything except smoke, read or watch TV."
Actually things have changed here, the criticism has ceased and we both thank and appreciate. I still think he's make someone a very good wife.

Menopausal New Mom said...
March 16, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Put his socks in the laundry basket? You mean they can be trained to do that? This is ridiculous, taking out the garbage? Not at my house, at best he pulls it to the curb on garbage day but I empty the bins in the kitchen. Your boyfriend can fold a blanket? He's a keeper, shows great promise!

Homesick Cajun said...
March 16, 2010 at 10:20 PM

I must confess, my husband doesn't! That man will clean the entire house, cook supper, do all the laundry and put it all away while I sit on the couch and watch TV (not that I do, only when my fibro is flaring) if I want to and he wouldn't say a word about anything he's done! I'm lucky!!

Cassie said...
March 16, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Please. I have to tell my husband approximately 45 times to take the garbage out to the curb, and that is his ONLY chore.

Michelle Pixie said...
March 16, 2010 at 10:24 PM

It has taken me 9 years but I have this boy trained pretty well and he doesn't "expect" too much "stroking" for all of his "hard work"...but like I said it took me 9 years! But I have to say that I may be the one who needs the stroking once in a while. Maybe it’s because I am home all day wiping asses and chasing kids so a "Hey babe, thanks for making sure I had clean underwear." would be nice to hear once in a while. *sigh* Maybe in another 9 years! :D

Daffy said...
March 16, 2010 at 10:24 PM

See...you started throwing numbers around and my brain totally shut down. Like....TOTALLY.SHUT.DOWN....I did laugh though...hysterically...right before the husband asked if something was truly the matter with me as I looked quite odd. Hmph...

Epskee said...
March 16, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Stuff answering your questions! Its FAR more important - imperitive even - that I am told where these questionaire fellas are! I'm gunna go get me one of those!

Clearly I'm in the wrong place - I've never seen 78% of people in my local supermarket being male. When do they shop? En masse at midnight???

Anonymous said...
March 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM

are you kidding me?! Lmao. WEll I mean techincally I am a boy... but i am the home maker i nevery relationship. Even Orlando just takes off his pants and leaves them where they lie. The only difference is he gives me a foot rub at thee end of the day :-)

GunDiva said...
March 17, 2010 at 12:56 AM

T!nk - Orlando's a keeper.

Been married not even a year - he's never done the laundry. I worked a sh*t ton of hours, six days a week last month. Gave him ample opportunity to do the laundry, since I was never home.

Guess what I did?

I quit doing it. I've got enough clean clothes to last me another couple of days. Once those are gone, though, I'm going to have to break down and do it. But still...

Anonymous said...
March 17, 2010 at 1:25 AM

I must have a keeper. He does dishes, laundry, cooks VERY well, mows the grass, taxis children, and takes care of my car. I guess I'm a lucky chick.

Quixotic said...
March 17, 2010 at 2:51 AM

Are they HIGH!?!?!?!?! My husband can't even put a dish on the bench (not even in the dishwasher mind you!)rather than leave it on the lounge-room floor without expecting a parade in his honour! And he once made the mistake of looking after his own child while I went to Zumba class as "babysitting" - grrrrrr!!!!

Sarah With Scissors said...
March 17, 2010 at 4:10 AM

Ummmm... my man would starve and never eat a thing if he didn't learn to fend for himself... but i think it's more of a survival instinct than being helpful.

Mrsblogalot said...
March 17, 2010 at 6:53 AM

Mine spends most of his percentage pointing out what cleaning I missed. Sometimes, I have to tell his boy percentage to shut the hell up.

My Mercurial Nature said...
March 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM

It's difficult to expect accolades when you actually don't DO anything. I have to threaten & cajole Husband to do an HOUR of cleaning (spread out over a week), much less 4.7!

JennyMac said...
March 17, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Wait, Dove has a Men's care division? WOW. Talk about Dove going metro.

My Hub does more than his share. I never have to pick up after him. The only thing he doesnt like to do is cook. And listen to my endless details. LOL. He kicks ass around here bc he plays golf at the club every weekend when the sun is out. I will take that exchange.

Noelle said...
March 17, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I used to love Dove for their Real Beauty campaigns. Now they can suck my ass. Seriously?! This post just blows me away and I have absolutely nothing nice to say. At all. Since when is carrying in grocery bags a fucking household chore? The fuckers want to eat, don't they?! Oh...I'm so pissed. I gotta...I just gotta...I better go now. I'm gonna get in trouble here.

Anonymous said...
March 17, 2010 at 11:42 AM

um, whatever.

the trash is taken out because I ask him to take it out. the dishes are done because i ask him to. the lawn gets cut because i ask him to.

you get the picture.

with all the time i spend asking, i could have a full-time job and get paid.

Yankee Girl said...
March 17, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I am calling BULLSHIT!

THere is NO WAY that men actually do all that stuff. I don't believe it.

My man actually DOES clean and ENJOYS cleaning, but he still doesn't do it as much as these men 'claim' to.

Whatevs. I must get back to my vacuuming now!

Linda Medrano said...
March 17, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Alex does not ask for applause when he puts his socks in the hamper, because HE NEVER PUTS THE FUCKING SOCKS IN THE HAMPER. He will on rare occasion do the dinner dishes, and takes out the trash when I ask him to. Other than that, he sits on his butt.

MiMi said...
March 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM

6.9 hours taking care of the kids every day?? I seriously can't even laugh...it would be and should be funny, but I'm too stunned to make a sound.

Anonymous said...
March 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM

I don't believe men-husbands-spend that much time doing household chores. I think 2 hrs a week is reality. They wan't special thanks for taking out the trash? What kind of a reward is that worth? A blowjob? Unbelievable!


Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...
March 17, 2010 at 3:21 PM

I think that was done by a man who had just hung up a towel instead of leaving it on the floor.

Taylorvillegirl said...
March 17, 2010 at 8:48 PM

That data is obviously false! I'm not falling for it. MB fakes being blind or paraplegic and has actually jumped out of a moving car in order to avoid going to the grocery store. Putting socks in the laundry basket? Forget it! Doing anything else? No way! Now that he is no longer single, he has lost the ability to do all chores. If he spends 5 minutes a week doing chores, I'd be shocked.
Oh man, I need another drink. This is getting me all stabby and stuff.

kyooty said...
March 17, 2010 at 10:35 PM

If they didn't want to "make a fuss" then they wouldn't have filled out the survey so full of lies.
Where is Mop floors, clear drains, dishes, fold laundry, scrub pots, clean oven, clean BBQ, find BBQ utensiles, find lighter for BBQ because they are too impatient with the clicky switch and "motified" (pulled it out) 4yrs ago? hmmm? where?

Anonymous said...
March 17, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Ummm yeah---NOT! These numbers were clearly compiled by someone heavily under the influence...

Although my hubby did empty the dish drainer last night..so random and SO not the norm!

June said...
March 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Oh hell ya' Ward wants accolades for doing "my" house work/chores.

But he was a pretty tidy bachelor for almost 10 years and had a hard time stepping aside when we got married and I took over because I do these things better. (Imma control freak)

So now, just to keep him sweet and buttered up I have to say "Thank you honey" for rotating the laundry or vacuuming... but he does haul the garbage to the local dump every Saturday.

Aphrodite's Mortal Friend (ME) said...
March 18, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Well ... the good thing is my hubs does actually clean the bathrooms- but the bad thing is, I'm not so good at recognizing it- he thinks it's a big deal so I suppose I should bow down some more, eh?

Kat said...
March 18, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Nope...mine does stuff for me that I so appreciate...and I gush on him for it because he deserves it. For instance, he has come to me, glass of wine in hand, and stated, "I cleaned the bathroom for you...didn't you want to take a bath?" Yeah...he deserves it :)

Anonymous said...
March 19, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Seriously - the funniest thing Ive read this morning. My husband works a lot, and his job is pretty physical. But around the house? He's kinda a sloth. He rarely even takes out the trash anymore. And if he does do the dishes then he thinks he's cleaned the whole house!!

Ian said...
March 19, 2010 at 1:39 PM

HELL YEAH I AM HERE! The Pimp Daddy of the CCWA in da house!!!!!

Any other dudes up in here? Hope not cause this place ain't big enough for two pimpz!

Tracie said...
March 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM

A Nobel Peace Prize and a blow job. Good thing he hardly ever does a thing around here.

Lori E said...
March 26, 2010 at 12:54 AM

I went back to work full time in Feb. after many, many years at home. My theory is you get what you ask for...I mean demand.

Day one he knew if I cooked he would clean up and if he cooked I would. He has had to go get groceries, clean a bathroom, do laundry etc. My clothes are cleaned by my employer. If he wants clean clothes he had better throw in a load between online poker games. His problem.
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Anonymous said...
May 10, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Am I the only woman who wants to bitch-slap the men who thought up that survey OR the men who answered? All the men I know HAVE to -

That's H-A-V-E to boast about what "housework" they do. And, I have to add, what they do is NOT housework..

Carrying a bag... please! they drop them by the door and take off assuming that "someone else" will put the groceries away so they will have food to eat when THEY are hungry..

Eeeek... went off on a rant... sorry about that. Maybe there are men who do chores and maybe there are men who actually listen to your response when they ask how your day was... I've never met him. Kinda like to.

If you see him - hog tie him still for me will ya?!?!