When the going gets tough, do the tough withhold sex? Maybe. According to a new study, women who don’t feel like they are treated as equals with their male counterparts tend not to offer as much sex.
Published in The Journal of Social Psychology, researchers found there’s more sex in countries with higher gender equality, theorizing that when women don’t have as much to offer (meaning a career, an education or their own income), they tend to be more conservative about having sex. But, when women have a higher economic status in society, they have sex more freely.
Study author, Roy Baumeister explains:
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.
Baumeister found that countries with more gender equality had more casual sex, more sexual partners and more open-mindedness towards premarital sex.
He also says that men will do whatever is necessary to get sex, even if it means marrying a woman:
In countries where women are at a big disadvantage, they restrain sex, so the price is high and men make a lifetime commitment to support them to get sex.
It’s an interesting theory, but I’m not totally buying the rationale. First of all, sex is the “main thing” a woman has to offer? Really? Secondly, they may chalk up a woman’s sexuality to gender equality–or a lack of it, but in reality, how open a woman is about having sex is much more personal. Gender equality is generally societal based, not so much something that is evaluated on an individual relationship. It has to do with economic fairness, cultural shifts, equal employment opportunities and women’s rights. Sex, on the other hand, has more to do with how a woman feels about herself and how her man treats her–not how society as a whole treats her.
Having said that, I do believe that in a society where there are more opportunities for women, we have more opportunities to feel better about ourselves and score a great guy. But, it’s still the individual that makes the difference–not society. Because we all know that you can have the biggest, most unfair, jerk-of-a-boss in the world, but if you come home to a man who is sensitive and caring with dinner on the table and the laundry folded, you’re probably gonna have sex.