A Dalhousie University economics professor has suggested that parents should tell their sons: “Work hard so you can go to college. Not only will you make more money, but it's your best chance to get laid."
That's because the imbalance between men and women in Canadian universities make it a "buyer's market" for sex.
Marina Adshade teaches a course called "Economics of Sex and Love". And in a recent blog post, she noted that for every 100 men who go to college, there are 136 women. And the high ratio of women to men on campuses is "giving market power to men is leading to an increase in promiscuity on campuses and creating negative attitudes among women toward dating and relationships".
She based this conclusion on a research paper called “Bare Market: Campus Sex Ratios, Romantic Relationships, and Sexual Behaviour", which was published last year in the Sociological Quarterly.
The authors, Jeremy Uecker and Mark Regnerus, noted that women on campus become more sexually active and are less likely to be in a relationship when their numbers increase relative to the number of men.
"Our results suggest that women on campuses where they comprise a higher proportion of the student body give more negative appraisals of campus men and relationships, go on fewer traditional dates, are less likely to have had a college boyfriend, and are more likely to be sexually active," Uecker and Regnerus wrote in the abstract to the paper. "These effects appear to stem both from decreased dyadic power among women on campuses where they are more numerous and from their increased difficulty locating a partner on such campuses."
Adshade mentioned in her post that evidence "suggests that when women outnumber men, men have greater influence on when a couple has their first sexual experience together".
"In an environment in which women out-number men there appears to be less traditional dating but more hooking-up," Adshade noted.
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