Dating on the cheap

Women have traditionally benefited from being the gatekeepers of sexual access — but now that men don’t have to work very hard to access women’s bodies, well, they don’t.And to paint his picture of the modern mating market, Regnerus draws extensively from the 2014 Relationships in America survey, which he helped to create, as well as from detailed interviews that he and his team conducted with young adults from around the country.Put that all together and the “cost” of finding sexual gratification is far lower than it used to be.That is the theme of Mark Regnerus’s , and he stresses that low prices are not always good.After all, sex-partner surveys are notorious for producing the mathematically impossible result that men are having more sex with women than women are having with men.But whatever the case, the difference is far from overwhelming.

It’s possible some of the increase is just people being more willing to admit it nowadays, but the more obvious explanation is easier access to a wider variety of pornography — especially videos, which no longer require time alone with the family VCR.*** I highly recommend this book, but I’d like to begin with a caveat and a bit of a digression: Because Regnerus relies heavily on a single survey and recent interviews, he gives somewhat short shrift to trends over time.Such trends were the focus of the psychologist Jean Twenge’s ’s current-decade surveys and interviews.It seems that a small share of both men and women participate heavily in the casual-sex scene, though it’s likely still true that more men than women would fail in that scene if they gave it a shot.

a gender gap, though, when it comes to pornography and masturbation.

It’s the survey Twenge used for her sex-partners analysis, and for nearly three decades it has repeatedly asked Americans how many partners they’ve had since age 18. six once again in the four most recent surveys, conducted between 2010 and last year.