Lis & the Single Girl: Guys, Want Sex? Do Laundry

Single and fabulous? Well then this is the column for you!

Ever wish you had your own personal Carrie Bradshaw to answer your questions — not just about what to do if your boyfriend dumps you via text message — but serious issues that confront us? This special daily edition of “Lis on Law” will address topics that single women are faced with and that everybody wonders about — but no one has time to figure out.

Between work, working out, dating and maintaining a social life, it’s tough to find time to do much else. So, read up and prepare to be fully armed for brunch this weekend with your friends with some super conversation topics! Your pals will be amazed!

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I'm having trouble getting my spouse to do laundry, or help around the house — he complains that it's because I work part-time and he works over 50 hours a week. How can I prove to him that juggling our household and kids is the same as his days at the office? (Like you say Lis, my abilities as a woman and mother are superabilities, and I don't think I should have to pick up more chores because I don't get a paycheck for what I do!) I think he was better at helping out when we were single ... what do you think?

How many times have you wish you had the perfect handyman around the house — your own Mr.Fix-It? Well ladies, if you've been dreaming of saying "I do" so that you can make sure your guy will be your handyman forever you might want to think again! A new study that from George Mason University shows that live-in boyfriends reported performing more household labor than married men. Further, live-in girlfriends took on fewer chores than married women. (Although of course women overall spent more time on household chores than man whether married or not. We just can't help it!)

There are many possible explanations for this discrepancy. It may simply be because women have more free time than men, since statistics report 66 percent of men work full time compared to 40 percent of women. But that doesn't explain why working women are still spending more time doing housework overall (other than just being superheroes!).

Could it be that men who tie the legal knot take each other for granted, and don't feel the need to go the extra mile on cleaning? Hmm … men who choose to lead a so-called alternative lifestyle may have more liberal and egalitarian values about gender roles in the home. Couples in general who subscribe to new age ideas of equality in the home are more likely to have abandoned traditional beliefs valuing a man's role as breadwinner and a woman's place in the home.

It's not that married men don't have good intentions of wanting to share household chores with their spouses its just that once couples venture into marriage they may fall back into models they grew up with.

Now I'm not saying you should avoid walking down the aisle to get your man to fold your towels. I am saying that if you do get married, you may want to divide up household responsibilities and set out who has what responsibilities. Studies have found that when women are more satisfied by the amount of household labor her husband is helping with, the couple has a more active sex life, leading to a more satisfying marriage in general. So ladies, tell your guy that if he wants to be Mr. Happy, he'll have to be Mr. Fix-It!


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Lis Wiehl joined FOX News Channel as a legal analyst in October 2001. She is currently a professor of law at the New York Law School. Wiehl received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College in 1983 and received her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland in 1985.In addition, she earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1987.

Lis is also the author of The 51% Minority — How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It . ( Watch the Video ) and Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life

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