Sperm Encourage Housework?

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New research from the University of Leeds suggests that sperm coated with “sex peptides” may, when male fruit flies mate with female fruit flies, cause the females to give up their afternoon siestas in favor of so-called “housework” - a bunch of foraging and other important fruit fly work. And the females may do this for as long as 8 days post-mating! That’s right- 8 DAYS!!! How fascinating.

However: Human Ladies, please don’t let this idea creep into your own bedroom and kitchen. Thus far I know of no evidence that suggests that human sperm encourages the same gender division in women – it’s probably just outdated ideas that let him sit on the sofa while you get out the Dyson. In fact, we know from quite a few studies that couples who share responsibilities and who are more equal in their relationship tend to have higher rates of sexual satisfaction, something I discuss quite a bit in my book Because It Feels Good. After all, I want you – yes, you! – to have great, satisfying, hungry-like-a-wolf sex too. And it’s totally possible: it just takes courage, a few tips and a willingness from you and your honey bee. Or fruit fly. Whatever.

[via Science Daily]

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • http://beasexpert.com/ Billie Becker

    Interesting stuff! Can’t say as I’ve ever wanted to clean the house post-coitus, but if it provided the motivation maybe it’d be fun to be a fruit fly for a change.

  • http://beasexpert.com Billie Becker

    Interesting stuff! Can’t say as I’ve ever wanted to clean the house post-coitus, but if it provided the motivation maybe it’d be fun to be a fruit fly for a change.