Feministing has picked up on this rather worrisome article on CBS apparently the author is advising men that doing more housework will get them laid more often.
Over on Feministing there's lots of discussion of what share of the housework is a fair share. I'm sure that 50% is the obvious answer assuming that both partners have a balanced relationship in other areas. And also on whether men should get extra praise for doing housework since it constitutes a break-out from traditional gender roles. Well I'm happy to give them extra praise but I want it right back for me when I get a job, wind up as primary breadwinner and manage to unscrew tight jar lids on my own.
What bugs me more though is the other end of the deal... the idea that women will (sub-consciously mind) trade sex for housework. This rather assumes:
1) The woman doesn't actually want sex.
2) The woman, despite not wanting sex, is prepared (sub-consciously anyway) to do it in return for other things.
3) The man wants sex all the time.
4) The man wants sex with the woman even if the woman doesn't want sex and presumably therefore even if the woman isn't enjoying it.
5) The man is comfortable (consciously to his mind) trading other things for sex.
If any one of those things was true of my relationship, I would be seriously worried.