Rosie the riveter

Finding people to have sex with is a fundamentally human preoccupation, at least according to evolution (and movies about college). And now, there's some new wisdom on how to make it happen. It's simple — just ensure that women have fulfilling jobs, equal chance for advancement, no glass ceilings, and receive equal pay for equal work. 

A new study from the American Psychological Association says people have more sex in countries where there is a greater degree of gender equality. The study, conducted in thirty-seven countries using over 300,000 couples, is based on a theory of "sexual economics." Essentially, it treats sexual dynamics like an economy, where sex is a currency governed by the laws of supply and demand.

Since men want sex, on average, more than women do (according the study), sex is a more valuable asset for a woman than it is for a man. In other words, men will go to greater lengths and expend more resources to have sex than women will. In a repressive society, sex is a woman's only asset, and so it becomes "expensive." However, when she has lots of different ways to get ahead (like college or art-rock), sex becomes "cheaper." As the study's author says: 

If women don't have many opportunities to make money on their own, they need the value of sex to be as high as possible... When women don't have other opportunities, sex is the main thing she has to offer.

It's a clever — if not exactly sexy — way of looking at global sexual politics. And, at least anecdotally, it rings true. (Likelihood of getting laid on vacation: Iran vs. Holland?) 

Feminism — it's win/win. 

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Commentarium (26 Comments)

Aug 08 11 - 5:31pm

cause != effect.

Aug 08 11 - 10:04pm

no shirt, no shoes != no service

Aug 08 11 - 7:36pm

@Hobbit, what the fuck are you talking about? Of course cause is not equal to effect - the words are defined to mean different things.

Aug 09 11 - 12:02pm

Maybe Hobbit meant correlation ≠ causation.

Aug 08 11 - 7:37pm

This study just assumes men want sex more often than women? Does it consider the possibility that when women have control over their own life, and have fewer stresses, AND are surrounded by men who aren't controlling assholes, that clears their mind to want sex more?

Aug 08 11 - 9:24pm

Thank you, NN. Brilliant.

Aug 09 11 - 12:39am

Amen, nn and Annie!

Aug 09 11 - 1:15am

"When women have rights, everyone gets laid more."

Learning this will make the teabaggers redouble their efforts to take away women's rights.

Aug 11 11 - 11:13pm

What could the tea party have to do with this you$hithead?

Aug 09 11 - 6:52am
Lennart Kiil

Plenty of sex, but no offspring. Hedonism is not sustainable my clueless feminist friend :)

Aug 09 11 - 9:42am
Lennart Kiil

But trolling is forever, right?

Aug 09 11 - 11:09am

"Sexual economics"? Jesus, APA, why not just come out and say "women are whores who don't ever have sex for pleasure"?

Aug 09 11 - 1:12pm

That's not really what it says. It says that women want to have sex for pleasure -- and enjoy it if they can -- but if sex is the only card in their deck, they won't... they'll use sex to keep their lives from being even shittier. It's not anti-feminist at all, just historically accurate.

Aug 09 11 - 2:38pm

No, It boils down to "women trade sex for goods and services", which is effectively calling them whores.

Furthermore, you don't have to look hard to see that history IS pretty anti-feminist. Claiming "historical accuracy" doesn't mean it isn't anti-feminist.

It's not a good sign of a position if your defense of it consists of, "It's not anti-feminist to call women whores. Historically speaking, they ARE whores."

Aug 09 11 - 4:54pm

Historically speaking, women haven't had much choice but to BE whores, in various ways.

Aug 09 11 - 5:15pm

Well, okay, but this better work.

Aug 09 11 - 7:35pm

I wonder where this logic leads?

Aug 10 11 - 12:37am

When women get more power they become elitist/perfectionist and outright powermad.If you think that any of them will let you near their kitty-think again.Remember feminists from hell do not settle,they engage in revenge,getback et.

Aug 10 11 - 7:18am

Feminism is win/win? Really? What about gender equality for me? Like gaining parental and reproductive rights, no glass floor, equal protection, and lower stress jobs? Or are only women entitled to equal rights?

Aug 10 11 - 8:15am

What the fuck is a glass floor?

Aug 10 11 - 2:13pm

I bet you know what a glass ceiling is.

Aug 10 11 - 4:21pm

You all can go ahead and pretend you don't understand the issue, but the truth is uncomfortable. Equality means everyone must perform, and some are just not up to it. The snark is intended, but the facts remain.

Aug 14 11 - 6:09pm

The study is flawed considering the countries that are more equal have more FAT/UGLY women. The United States has the ugliest women in the world so that is why the hook up rate is high.
And prostitution is legal in Holland and many other European countries. This author of th stuyd is a fat cunt and a retard or a homosexual.

Aug 14 11 - 11:08pm

It's far harder to talk or appreciate the opposite sex when everything you do is walking the thin line of what is lawful and unlawful in society. I don't believe gynocentrism benefits anyone's genitals or orgasms. That study is obviously authored by feminist ideologues. Just like sooo many others...

If you people believe this, you are gullible.

And I happen to know people in countries like the US are not actually having that much sex, even though they lord it over everyone like they are Masta Ps. It's an expensive commercial facade. Even when they do "get laid" it's probably pretty mundane considering the endless gender warfare and the level of eccentric personalities in this country.

Aug 18 11 - 11:37pm

Totally true. It seems some of the commenters are neandertals and can't see from a POV without their dicks involved. Think about it this way- if you live in a country with no gender equality there's also a good chance the whole place is run by religious nutbags as well. So if you're likely to get stoned to death for enjoying some dick, better save that pussy to marry a rich asshole, so at least maybe you're allowed a decent life, and maybe taught to read, and not get raped every day. Yeah, not a place I would go on spring break. And to those of you saying "feminist" like it's a bad thing- eat a dick.

Aug 31 11 - 1:24pm

This is the preecft way to break down this information.