Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Science: Lazy Bastards

An interesting article on sex economics in the Slate...

I am not entirely sure I buy all of it, but many things do seem to strike a note, the one that resonates. The article discusses quite a few things and is probably an interesting read in and of itself. Some things do seem fairly US-specific (e.g. the fairly long sex-less dating phase - something I don't believe happens a lot in Europe), but what I want to point out is very general indeed. To cut a long story short: when women outnumber men, and especially if they call the shots in a more general way as well, the men get more sex, more often, and more easily than otherwise. Which sounds quite good - for men. But even that is not what really caught my eye. The most interesting conclusion seems to be that in these circumstances it gets rather difficult to get men to do any work, the suggestion being that once they have all the sex they want men are difficult to motivate for any other thing. Which, on the face of it, sounds about right. Or does it?

Answers on a postcard or, if you're in the 21st century, in the comments below...