Maybe it's because so many people see it as "woman's work" that there's often absolutely no recognition for doing it, and often reprimands when it's not done regardless of how much time the male members of the household had to do it compared to the female members. For me, I hated to do cooking and cleaning with my first husband because I was working full-time as well as raising my son and being expected to keep the house, and he spent so much time yelling at me for the things I wasn't able to get done he could have done it twice over himself. On the other hand, I enjoy doing housework with my current husband because he never gets upset if I don't do it, and he's never felt that it's automatically my job. I do it because I want him to be able to come home and relax after work, and I know that if I don't do it then he'll do it. I also rarely ever cook now, but only because my husband enjoys it and is a gourmet chef. With my first husband, I knew that if I did get to it he'd find something else to complain about, and if I didn't he'd complain about that...either way, there was no motivation and so it tended to get bumped to the bottom of my priority list. After all, I signed on as a wife, not domestic staff.