Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Applied Sexual Economics 101

On one hand, I think the concept of "sexual economics" that this New York Post story covers is a huge oversimplification.
“The price of sex is about how much one party has to do in order to entice the other into being sexual,” said Kathleen Vohs, of the University of Minnesota, who has authored several papers on “sexual economics.” “It might mean buying her a drink or an engagement ring. These behaviors vary in how costly they are to the man, and that is how we quantify the price of sex.”
On the other hand, women withholding sex worked wonders in the Philippines.
The sex strike was an effort to end a separatist rebellion that's been under way on the Filipino island of Mindanao since the 1970s. 
The women are part of a sewing cooperative. They were fed up with not being able to deliver their products due to the violence that closed down a main road between two villages. So they withheld sex from their husbands until they promised to quit fighting. 
"If our husbands wanted to fight, we'd tell them not to. If they still went, we'd say OK, it's up to you. But you will not be accepted at home. 
Within weeks of the strike starting, the main village road re-opened and the fighting stopped.

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