WHY BUY THE COW WHEN HE'LL CLEAN UP THE MILK FOR FREE?

A new study has found that there's nothing women love more than a live-in boyfriend who does the housework. (Except maybe a housekeeper?) In a study spanning 28 countries, live-in boyfriends performed more household labor than married men, across the board. The researchers speculated that when men actually get married, they too easily fall into stereotypical gender roles, sitting on recliners with their belts open rather than clearing the dinner table. Our theory? The live-ins are staying on their best behavior until they get married, at which point they give up the charade. But according to this study, they'd be well-advised to keep up the good work after they marry: Couples who divided chores most equally reportedly have the best sex lives. It might be that those couples complete their neatly-divided household tasks and arrive in bed at the same time, ready for action, or, just maybe, there are a bunch of couples in which neither spouse does a lick of housework and they just spend all their evenings in the sack. . . .

"ATTENDING A FUNCTION"?!

An Oregon dad was arrested on charges of child neglect after leaving his two-year-old in his car, in 95-degree heat, for two hours, while he patronized a brothel. A Mustang Ranch security guard is the hero in this story, spotting and rescuing the toddler, then contacting authorities. As for the dad, he told deputies he was "attending a function" at the brothel. Authorities believe the function was "bodily."

IN SHORT, WE BLAME JENNIFER ANISTON, NOT ONLY FOR RUINING THE FAMILY HOUR, BUT FOR FAILING TO GIVE BRAD THE CHILD HE SO PASSIONATELY DESIRED

JenniferanistonworkoutdietThe Parents Television Council is sending American society to Hell in a hand basket without its supper for allowing our  airwaves to become polluted with sex and violence during the traditional "family hour" from 8:00 - 9:00 pm, and, you want to know something? We agree with them:

The Parents Television Council studied 180 hours of original programming on six broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, MyNetworkTV and the CW) during three two-week periods in 2006-07. It found that instances of violence had soared 52.4% since a similar study in 2000-01 and that sexual content had increased 22.1%.

Use of foul language dropped by 25.4%, but Winter said the figure was misleading. Although milder words, such as "hell" and "damn," decreased, the use of bleeped words increased 40%. Those words are more offensive and often easy for children to figure out.

Our kids don't watch TV during prime time, other than annual exemptions like the Westminster Dog Show and Red Sox and Patriot playoff games. (Yeah, we said "annual". . .) But that's just because they're all still under 7. Eventually, they'll be making their own decisions about what to watch before bedtime, and we gotta tell you, we don't love their choices.

The networks will tell you it's OK that there's more adult content on their stations than there used to be, because there are so many wholesome, family-friendly basic-cable networks elsewhere on the dial for parents to tune in. And besides, they have to compete with all those other basic-cable channels that are stealing their ratings with adult fare. TV critics will tell you that reality TV is the source of much of the family hour adult content, with its infinite variety of machinations for hooking people up.

As for us? Actually, we have long blamed the deflowering of the family hour on "Friends," which was recklessly aired at 8:00 by NBC for years, for which we still haven't fully forgiven the network. That show, with its unending stream of filthy-mouth sex talk, was certainly amusing. But its ratings success with decidedly adult content gave every other network the cover to run whatever the Hell they pleased at 8:00.

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