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The study mentioned (third-hand, via the NYT) is Egalitarianism, Housework,
and Sexual Frequency in Marriage
, and it's mildly interesting. It's a meta-analysis of US household data collected in the early 1990s, from which the authors conclude that couples which stick to "traditional" gender roles (woman does the housework, man takes out the garbage) have more sex than those who have a more egalitarian distribution of work. They explain this by the notion of "sexual scripts" :

Among teens, sexual scripts are highly gendered and link sexual activity to masculinity and femininity [...] Given the general importance of gender, we suspect that scripts continue to link sexual behavior to masculinity or femininity among heterosexual married couples.

With the proviso that this is WEIRD research (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic), and that the data is rather dated, I wouldn't be surprised if it were generally applicable. Perhaps Chinese men are getting more sex than us pussy-whipped westerners?

I tend to subscribe to a hypothesis mentioned in the paper (but not testable with their data set) : that sex is rationed by women (on the basis that men generally want more than women) in exchange  for whatever a woman wants. This fits well with highly gendered sexual scripting, and is observably much less frequent in egalitarian relationships.

So, in sum, if less-frequent sex is the price to pay for egalitarian relationships (which correlate strongly with mutually satisfying relationships, by the way) then that's OK with me personally.

And yes, I agree that

East Asian women suffer from old-fashioned subservient roles

But if you're asking whether having more frequent sex is a compensation for them, then I wouldn't know.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jun 18th, 2014 at 09:28:46 AM EST
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