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Marina Adshade

How Economics Influences Sex and Love

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In "Dollars and Sex" by Marina Adshade, the author explores the intersections of love and money. From online dating to prostitution, Adshade examines the economics of sex and love in a fascinating, data-driven approach.

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    In many societies, liberal views on female sexuality have led to more freedom.

    If you were to compare your views on sexuality to those of your grandparents, there’s a good chance that your attitude would prove to be the less conservative one.

    Over time, most societies have grown more promiscuous, and that’s no longer a sign of declining morality. Today’s educated and independent women are more promiscuous than those of previous generations, and there’s an interesting economic explanation. The women of today can afford to be promiscuous.

    Most fundamentally, they have the means to buy their own contraceptives, which protect them from STDs and inopportune or unwanted pregnancies. What’s more, today’s women are sufficiently empowered to insist that the contraceptives are used correctly.

    If we go back just one or two generations, women weren’t half as free. Unmarried women who maintained sexual relationships with more than one man were essentially pariahs. They were publicly shamed and their reputations were forever tarnished.

    Today, however, premarital and extramarital relationships are far more socially acceptable. So are pregnancies that result from such relationships. Since the average educated woman earns much more now than she would have a generation ago, she is in a position to raise a child on her own if she so desires. And, if she chooses to terminate the pregnancy, that is also a socially acceptable, not to mention affordable, decision.

    Thanks to these developments, women today are better able to cope with the difficulties that often accompany an unexpected pregnancy.

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    What is Dollars and Sex about?

    Dollars and Sex (2013) demystifies the complex issues of sex and love by looking beyond the raging hormones and cultural mores and exploring the driving force behind most of the world’s sexual trends: economics. By applying simple economic theory, we can better understand why we regard romance the way we do as well as why contemporary relationships face so many challenges.

    Dollars and Sex Review

    Dollars and Sex (2013) offers a fascinating exploration of the relationship between money and sex, providing unique insights into human behavior and societal norms. Here are three reasons why this book is worth reading:

    • Through meticulously researched data and thought-provoking analysis, it sheds light on the hidden economic forces that shape our intimate lives.
    • By examining diverse cultural practices and historical contexts, the book challenges conventional wisdom and offers new perspectives on love, desire, and the role of money.
    • Its accessible and engaging approach ensures that even complex topics are presented in a way that keeps readers captivated, proving that economics can be anything but boring.

    Best quote from Dollars and Sex

    ...when women are abundant, there is far less traditional dating and far more hooking up.

    —Marina Adshade
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    Who should read Dollars and Sex?

    • Economists and cognitive scientists
    • Readers curious about the relationship between money and love
    • Couples hoping to learn more about sexual and marital behavior

    About the Author

    Dr. Marina Adshade, PhD, teaches at the University of British Columbia’s School of Economics. She regularly writes for the Globe and Mail and is a frequent contributor to publications such as Time and the Wall Street Journal.

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    Dollars and Sex FAQs 

    What is the main message of Dollars and Sex?

    Understand the economics of sex and relationships.

    How long does it take to read Dollars and Sex?

    Reading time: several hours; Blinkist summary: 15 minutes.

    Is Dollars and Sex a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Worth reading for insights into the interplay between money and relationships.

    Who is the author of Dollars and Sex?

    The author of Dollars and Sex is Marina Adshade.

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