• Tue, Jan 18 2011

Porn Gives Men the Upper Hand

Over at CNN, an article reports on a recent study that shows that younger women looking for a relationship may have a hard time finding it, in part because their counterparts are cheap whores and in part because men their age are content to just rub one out.

Seriously.

The article states:

Researchers found that since women in the 18- to 23-year-old group feel they don’t need men for financial dependence, many of them feel they can play around with multiple partners without consequence, and that the early 20s isn’t the time to have a serious relationship. But eventually, they do come to want a real, lasting relationship. The problem is that there will still be women who will have sex readily without commitment, and since men know this, fewer of them are willing to go steady.

I guess that makes sense…a little bit…if you totally disregard the fact that men who are just looking for sex have never been part of the pool that women looking for relationships want to date, anyway.

Regarding the second point:

The wide availability of pornography has also influenced the dynamics of relations between men and women, Regnerus said. A segment of 20-something men are content to have their sexual experiences by themselves, removing them from the pool of available partners.

The interesting thing here is that the article spins this as a loss to women. Show of hands…how many of you want a guy who self-selects out of the dating pool because he jerks off so much? Really? No one? Shocking.

It could just as easily have suggested that men are losing out because of women who decide that they’re ready for relationships, or that men lose out when they prefer the company of their own appendage to a living, breathing human. Instead, of course, it’s women who are left behind…waiting for that hand to one day be ours.

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  • L

    God, I’m going to be alone forever, now. Why can’t relationship studies come out with something in my favor?

  • Somnilee

    Seriously, last week my potential paramour told me that he “often liked to do things solo” – and you’re telling this to mostly-naked girl sat on top of you? Geez, it makes me feel real special that your hand gets more privileges than me.

  • Beverly

    Man…those articles always make me realize how much my bf is awesome…which brings the knee-jerk reaction of wanting to lock him in a basement…which could potentially harm our bond…
    damnit.