Gender Equality Equals More Sex

Not surprisingly, a new study just revealed that those who treat women as equals tend to have more fulfilling sex lives—apparently gender equality is one of the ultimate aphrodisiacs.

USA Today reports:

That’s the gist of a new study about the sexual marketplace that used global data and found there’s more sex in countries with higher gender equality than in those with less.

The study is part of a big-picture look at sexual behaviors worldwide using “sexual economics,” in which supply and demand are key elements.

It’s a “notoriously unromantic theory,” said Roy Baumeister of Florida State University in Tallahassee Sunday at the American Psychological Association meeting here.

In his presentation, “Sexual Economics: A Research-Based Theory of Sexual Interactions, or Why the Man Buys Dinner,” Baumeister, a psychologist, explained how applying economic principles helps understand people’s sexual decision-making, especially when they’re just beginning a relationship.

“Women’s sexuality has a kind of value that men’s sexuality does not,” he says. “Men will basically exchange other resources with women to have sex, but the reverse doesn’t work. Women … can trade sex for attention, for grades, for a promotion, for money, as in prostitution or sex with a celebrity.”

The idea, he says, is that men want sex more than women do (on average) and that sex in a relationship begins when women decide it’s time. Supply and demand rule, so whichever sex is more scarce has more power. The theory focuses on heterosexual interactions only.

What do you think—what are the effects of gender equality on one’s love life? What happens when men and women treat each other as equals—does it really lead to a better time in the bedroom, love and relationships in general? Or do relationships need some element of power imbalance to truly succeed and flourish?

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2 thoughts on “Gender Equality Equals More Sex

  1. chloechloe

    Hi Krishna,

    I agree with Gina Rose.

    This article really gave me some food for thought.

    Power/equality dynamics play such a strong role in how we act, react and feel.

    This article helps me apply practical, new insights for reading Tarot cards.

    Love & Light!

    Chloe (ext. 9421)

  2. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    I would say that relationships, in general, thrive when men & women treat each other as equals. Problems usually set in if their is an imbalance in power… any relationship.


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