Here’s the latest from the psychosocial world. If you thought that the ultimate indignity a woman could suffer was to do housework—second only to cooking dinner—it turns out that you are wrong.
Researchers from Rotterdam have just discovered that doing housework is good for a woman’s health. That’s right. A woman who does more housework will live longer than a woman who does less.
When it comes to men, the situation is reversed. Doing more housework will only increase a man’s lifespan marginally. If a man wants to achieve a therapeutic benefit and extend his life, he should work outside the house—in the garden. If a woman does more gardening, it will not increase her lifespan significantly.
The Daily Mail has the story:
It's probably not the most popular piece of health advice ever dished out – but researchers say that doing the housework can add years to your life.
They found that women who clean, hoover and do the laundry are likely to live almost three years longer.
The team from University Medical Centre Rotterdam found that a 55-year-old woman who does little around the house is likely to live to see her 83rd birthday – but that those who keep on top of the housework should live on to the age of 86.
The benefit for men is much less marked. Their efforts with the loo brush will only buy them an extra year.
But men who do the gardening live 2.7 years longer, while working outside the home has little effect on women.
What does it all mean? Probably it just means that God is a patriarchal sexist. But, you knew that already. Right?