These Adorable Little Boys Will Solve The Cleaning Gender Gap

The other night I found myself perusing toddler cleaning sets on Amazon, as one does. There I was, looking through the toy Dysons and the tiny play ironing sets when I saw them, and caught a glimpse into our future. A future in which equality reigns and beruffled rubber gloves with faux jewels glued to them in an… » 12/20/13 6:15pm 12/20/13 6:15pm

Any Man Who Won't Clean Is a Terrible Asshole (Or Old, or Both)

If you are a man in a relationship with someone (most likely a woman) who is fed up with you because you don't clean house at all, or as much, or don't do it competently, or have to be asked, or have to be yelled at, or have to, in ANY way, shape, or form, be spoken to like a misbehaving child or an egregious pet, then … » 12/11/13 5:10pm 12/11/13 5:10pm

How Can I Ease the Transition When My Significant Other Moves In?

Dear Lifehacker,
My boyfriend is going to be moving in to my apartment soon. I've been living the single life for many years and I don't have much experience sharing bank accounts, living space, or things like that. What should we do to make living together easier? » 6/05/13 9:03pm 6/05/13 9:03pm

Cleanliness Is Next to Manliness: Which Chores Will Get a Guy Laid?

Not getting intercoursed enough, lads? It's probably because you're too fucking helpful around the house. A new sociological study has the gender traditionalists a-buzzing, because it says exactly that—it seems that couples who stick to gender segregated housework have more sex than couples who don't. Slightly more.… » 1/30/13 4:45pm 1/30/13 4:45pm

The Financial Value of a Father Is Less Than You'd Think

If you were raised by a dad, or are raising kids with a dad right now, or are a dad yourself, or have ever met a dad, you probably would not say that fathers are worthless. And, you would obviously be right, they're worth a lot; they're just not worth quite as much as mothers—at least that is what a strange new survey… » 6/12/12 4:20pm 6/12/12 4:20pm

Mr. Clean Ad Tries to Enlist a Legion of ‘Man Maids’ for Mother’s Day

The first question we might be asking about this terribly misguided ad from Mr. Clean is what sort of weird, Oedipal relationship does a son have with his mother where he dresses like the Brawny towel paper dude's less brawny younger brother in order to clean mom's house? Thankfully, Mr. Clean doesn't want sons to… » 5/11/12 3:35pm 5/11/12 3:35pm

You'd Be a Lot Happier If You Weren't Such an Anal Control Freak

Would you describe yourself as a control freak? Does the idea of letting a cleaning woman into your house give you a minor panic attack? Does the thought of letting your husband organize your closet make you want to cry? Well, then you might sit on the freaky side of the control spectrum. Chances are, you are kind of… » 3/16/12 2:00pm 3/16/12 2:00pm

Are Modern Dudes Reasserting Their Manliness Through 'Guy' Chores?

Men who work in female-dominated professions spend more time on "guy" chores like home repair, yard work, and car maintenance, according to the American Journal of Sociology. The study's author argues that it's not because these men might enjoy those activities, or because they're eager to help out around the house… » 3/02/12 10:40am 3/02/12 10:40am

Men Learn To Prepare Food, Still Won't Do Laundry

Here's something to get excited about: Working men are doing far more chores around the house. Well actually, there's still a huge gap between the amount of time working women spend on housework compared to their male partners. We're supposed to be impressed by their effort, but when dudes start from Don Draper there's … » 7/31/11 11:18pm 7/31/11 11:18pm

The Recession Is Making Men Into Desperate Housewives

According to the Observer, unemployed men have been reduced to poaching eggs, weighing edamame and — shocker — playing with children. But silly as their concerns may seem, they may be part of a larger recessionary turn toward housewifery. » 8/04/10 3:42pm 8/04/10 3:42pm