After doing a nice positive look at Father’s Day, I’ll have to balance it out with a look by goo Ranking at useless husbands, specifically household tasks that wives are astonished by their husband’s inability to do.


Between the 2nd and 5th of May 2013 1,088 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.2% of the sample were male, 23.3% in their teens, 24.4% in their twenties, 25.5% in their thirties, and 26.8% in their forties; there was no-one older than 49 in this sample. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample. Only the women in the sample were asked this question, and presumably only married women.

Out of the list, I do pretty much all of the list, although I’m not sure I could work the washing machine!

Ranking result

Q: What household task are you astonished that your husband doesn’t do? (Sample size=542, female)

Rank   Score
1 Put stuff back in the proper place after he’s finished with them 100
2 Turn off the lights in unused rooms 67.5
3 Close the toilet seat lid after use 62.3
4 Tidy up his shoes after taking them off 61.0
5 Put his dirty clothes in the washing basket 55.8
6 Take the dirty dishes to the kitchen after a meal 49.4
7= Hang up his coat after taking it off 48.1
7= Wipe off water that he splashed on the mirror 48.1
9= Separate rubbish 42.9
9= Refill the shampoo, etc, bottle 42.9
11 Put rubbish in the rubbish bin 41.6
12= Tidy up the bedding after waking 36.4
12= Open the curtains in the morning, shut them in the evening 36.4
14 Fold clothes 33.8
15 Tidy up his own clothes after I fold them 31.2
16 Do DIY 29.9
17= Buy the food items I told him to buy 28.6
17= Switch on the washing machine 28.6
19= Open the bathroom window, switch on the extractor fan 26.0
19= Boil rice 26.0
21 Bring in the hung-out washing when it dries 24.7
22 Put half-used drinks back into the fridge 23.4
23= Put used towels into the washing basket 18.2
23= Lock the front door 18.2
25 Set the video 14.3


Daniel · June 17, 2013 at 13:46

I can do all of those except I don’t really need to separate the rubbish (the companies do that when it goes the collectors) & I don’t really need refill shampoo bottles cause most of them don’t let you open the bottle except for the cap. I don’t know the half used drinks are but if it’s putting a glass you drank out of in the fridge I don’t do, normally I just use a bottle & pour an amount that I want into the glass & I drink it but I put the bottle back in the fridge, I hope Japanese women don’t mind that.

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