Gender equality leads to more sex, according to rules of ‘sexual economics’

8 Aug

This is not a headline I had ever imagined myself writing, but a respected US psychologist has researched the field of ‘sexual economics’ where the rules of supply and demand apply.

As reported by USA Today, Roy Baumeister, of Florida State University in Tallahassee, presented a paper at the American Psychological Association called Sexual Economics: A Research-Based Theory of Sexual Interactions, or Why the Man Buys Dinner. Here’s an extract of his paper, where he applies ‘social exchange theory’ – on the basis that one person gives something, and the other gets something in return – to heterosexual sex.

His theory is predicated on the basis that ‘sex is a female resource’ and that men generally want sex more than women. “Cultural systems will tend to endow female sexuality with value, whereas male sexuality is treated by society as relatively worthless,” he writes in his paper. If a woman doesn’t have a job or access to her own money, then sex is “the main thing she has to offer” – and, in return, the man is expected to give her something of value, such as a marriage proposal.

In countries where gender equality is higher, there is more casual sex, premarital sex, more sexual partners per person, and people have sex younger.

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