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Once Again, Study Finds Men In Heterosexual Relationships Are Taking The Piss

In news that surprises no one, research has found that Australian men are more likely to borrow free time from their female partners to do exercise, which women are not afforded equally in return.

Research published in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, analysed the relationship between paid and family work time and physical activity and found that "hour for hour, paid or unpaid, women's physical activity is constrained by their time use in ways that men's is not"

As in, the male in the relationship will find ways to still get that exercise time in, even if it's at a cost to their female partner's exercise time. And that female partner doesn't ever get that time back.

So there it is, the person who is supposed to love you most is going to take years off your life and put it onto theirs. Fun!

The study used data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey and drew on information from 7,000 households made up of heterosexual couples aged 25 to 64. Finding that women were less physically active than men, with 28.6% of women doing three moderate or intensive physical activities for at least 40 minutes a week, compared with 34% of men.

An increase in women's paid work time by 10 hours a week was associated with a six percentage point decrease in physical activity, whereas if men's work increased by 10 hours, it only dropped by 2%

If you're a male in a heterosexual relationship and this article is causing a sense of discomfort as you recognise the patterns in your own life, imagine how much compartmentalising and disassociating your partner needs to do each day just to get through living a shared life with you.

Study co-author Prof Lundall Strazdins, of the Australian National University said: "We're wanting women to work equally, but we're not enabling them to do that, and they're cutting back on their health."

As Professor Paul Dolan, a happiness expert and professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics stated at the Hay Festival in Wales in 2019, "Married people are happier than other population subgroups, but only when their spouse is in the room when they're asked how happy they are. When the spouse is not present: f***ing miserable. We do have some good longitudinal data following the same people over time, but I am going to do a massive disservice to that science and just say: if you're a man, you should probably get married; if you're a woman, don't bother."