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Everyday Sexism Does Science: Men Can Shag Around Before Marriage; Women Shouldn’t

by | 25th, August 2014

WELL, nice to see one of the old patriarchal tropes has some empirical evidence behind it. Women who shag around before marriage seems to be less happy inside marriage than those who don’t. But for men sowing those wild oats seems to make no difference. Thus, sadly, our grandparents were right, women shouldn’t shag around while men may :

Women who have several sexual partners before getting married have less happy marriages but men do no harm by playing the field,a study has found.

According to new research by the National Marriage Project, more than half of married women who had only ever slept with their future husband felt highly satisfied in their marriage.

But that percentage dropped to 42 per cent once the woman had had pre-marital sex with at least two partners. It dropped to 22 per cent for those with ten or more partners.

But, for men, the number of partners a man they appeared to have no bearing on how satisfied they felt within a marriage.

Researchers said the study showed that sex with many different partners ‘may be risky’ if the woman is in search of a high-quality marriage.

It concluded: ‘Remember that what you do before you say ‘I do’ seems to have a notable impact on your marital future. So decide wisely

Clearly, given the source, this “research” is highly biased.

That old patriarchy thing wasn’t actually really about control over women: it was about whose bloody children was a bloke paying to raise? In those days before contraception, abortion and DNA tests the only reliable guide to a bloke knowing that his wife’s children were his own was that she hadn’t been doing the jiggy jiggy with anyone else. Thus that very boring insistence upon virginity before marriage and chastity in it.

That doesn’t hold now of

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