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Published on Feb 14, 2014

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9 Responses to “The Economics of Sex”

  1. zoelame says:

    So the message is that women are to blame for men’s failure to try to succeed? Because men are too stupid to know where their long-term interests lie? Oh, and if women could just get it together and form a cartel, they’d be happier too? What about the data saying that in deeply religious areas of the country where nobody believes in sex before marriage the divorce rate is much higher because everybody gets married young in order to have sex?
    I think there’s a grain of truth in this video, but lots of bs too.

    • Icouldabenacontendah says:

      In what is necessarily an amoral analytical framework — sex viewed in its economic dimension, after all — the question of what is in a man’s long-term interest is not a moral judgment about his enduring happiness or the social efficacy of committed couples and stable families. It is a matter of the man’s perception. The argument here is that the impact of the pill has, among other things, changed the risk factors of sex outside of marriage and the supply and demand picture regarding men’s potential female sexual partners in what has become a bifurcated market — pre- or non-marital sex vs. marital sex. This divide has always existed, but never on today’s scale. Long-term interest is always about sacrificing potential short-term benefits for what is perceptibly of more lasting importance. Today’s different supply and demand environment has lowered the risk and cost of short-term satisfaction for men and blurred the distinction between short and long time horizons. A man’s long-term interests don’t appear to be that different from his short-term interests. This may be unfortunate from a religious viewpoint or from a moral perception of what is best for society in the long run, but it is not a case of men collectively being stupid! As for the data to which you allude on deeply religious areas of the country, where cultural pressure for early marriage seems to be yielding high rates of early divorce, I am not familiar with the data but it could easily be as you say. If so, the divorce data could essentially reflect the elevation of social conformity over preparedness for marriage in a much changed and still rapidly changing world.

  2. Quid says:

    An almost amusing effort but the economic rhetoric clearly serves a predetermined ideological end — as one expects from the Austin Institute, a well (by right wing foundations and plutocrats) funded home to “researchers” (such as anti same sex marriage crusader, sociologist Mark Regnerus) who make little effort to deny that their work is meant to support “Christian” values (although literate folk might observe that sex, or even family, wasn’t an issue for Christ).

  3. Shaq Fu says:

    If you think this video is BS we have a different understanding of how much sex drives men. Divorce rates have nothing to do with it. The cartel is suggested to raise the cost of sex, ie increase marriage rates . The less sex costs the less men are motivated to impress women with their resources jobs etc.

    It will be interesting to see where gay marriage rates settle out after it becomes culturally normal. Safe bet is lesbians will marry much younger and at a higher rate than gay dudes.

  4. Quid says:

    The video is BS – albeit rhetorically clever BS – because it makes simplistic (and historically and culturally ignorant) assumptions about a complex social phenomenon, marriage, reducing it to a market for available sex. Marriage is not the same as mating. Marriage is a social institution that establishes certain rights of which sexual access is only one of the more common. There have been many times and places where marriage and marriage rates were primarily an economic issue. For instances, we hear these days of marriage “crises” in Egypt and China. In the former the problem is that young men cannot earn enough to pay dowries; in the latter, economically enfranchised women are unwilling to give up their newfound freedom for bondage to an often lower earning males (the Chinese government has launched a PR campaign rebuking such ‘selfish’ ladies). I don’t discount the impact of the Pill. But if the voice tells you that birth control is root of the ‘decline’ of marriage, you have to wonder if there’s a Catholic behind the curtain.

  5. Quid says:

    The video is BS – albeit rhetorically clever BS – because it makes simplistic (and historically and culturally ignorant) assumptions about a complex social phenomenon, marriage, reducing it to a market for available sex. Marriage is not the same as mating. Marriage is a social institution that establishes certain rights of which sexual access is only one of the more common. There have been many times and places where marriage and marriage rates were primarily an economic issue. For instances, we hear these days of marriage “crises” in Egypt and China. In the former the problem is that young men cannot earn enough to pay dowries; in the latter, economically enfranchised women are unwilling to give up their newfound freedom for bondage to often lower earning male (the Chinese government has launched a PR campaign rebuking such ‘selfish’ ladies). I don’t discount the impact of the Pill. But if the voice tells you that birth control is root of the ‘decline’ of marriage, you have to wonder if there’s a Catholic behind the curtain.

  6. jmay says:

    Lindy West is one of my favorite pop culture commentators. It’s so great that she used her formindable powers to do a takedown of this video.

    http://jezebel.com/sex-is-not-an-economy-and-you-are-not-merchandise-1524954631

    • Winchupuata says:

      Lindy West and jezebel are ultra radical man hating feminists that deny biology and common sense. It’s safe to assume that anything she says, the opposite of it is surely true.

  7. intlacct says:

    “So the message is that women are to blame for men’s failure to try to succeed? Because men are too stupid to know where their long-term interests lie? … I think there’s a grain of truth in this video, but lots of bs too.”

    Sounds like someone struck out on okcupid. ;)

    They addressed slacker guys but for guys at least semi-on the ball, it is a cornucopia.

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