Why is it that society becomes so up in arms when women have sex? To varying degrees, most places see the idea of women having casual sex as immoral and something to be avoided. A new paper published in Archives of Sexual Behavior suggests that based on the idea that women must rely on men, particularly financially, the consequences of sleeping around are too much for a woman to handle on her own.
In two studies, researchers at Brunnel University had U.S. residents rate statements regarding the promiscuity of women and their reliance on men based on a 7-point scale ranging from "disagrees strongly" to "agrees strongly." Some of the statements include: "Most women I know depend heavily on the money of a male partner or probably will," "Promiscuous women are not worthy of that much respect," and "A woman should never have sex with a man she is not in love with." The researchers controlled for variables like religiosity and political conservation to assure their findings were based primarily on financial reliance.
The researchers explain:
"Results of both studies were consistent with the theory that opposition to promiscuity arises in circumstances where paternity certainty is particularly important and suggest that such opposition will more likely emerge in environments in which women are more dependent economically on a male mate."
The world we live in today features very different roles for women. More companies are headed by women and fewer look down at the idea of hiring them. Many single mothers successfully provide for themselves and their children. We must rethink the societal norms of "immorality" when it comes to casual sex for women.
Meet Taylor Solomon! Taylor studied psychology and creative arts therapy at Georgia College and State University. She is a fan of reading Wonder Woman comics (as well as some more stimulating reads), watching Wes Anderson movies, and exploring her home of Athens, Georgia. You can follow Taylor on Twitter and Instagram.