Apparently, housework shows up right after money as the top issue of discord in marriages.  According to Lisa Belkin, married women spend twice as much time on housework as married men, and single women spend twice as much time on it as single men.

And the difference in sexes shows up in attitudes about housework, too. To a woman, a cluttered living room isn’t just a cluttered living room. It is a failure to live up to her mother’s standards, a rebellion against those standards or the judgment of neighbors who have higher standards.

To men, working with the washer and dryer or the vacuum cleaner is the domestic equivalent of working with heavy machinery — all those buttons, timers and buzzers.