Sexual Satisfaction Tied to Gender Equality
When I ask my students how many of them have heard of girls being slut-shamed in high school, they all have.
Meanwhile, as I’ve mentioned before, around half of American women have experienced sexual dysfunction: low desire, no desire, painful sex and difficulty climaxing.
Women enjoy sexuality much more in places where women and men have greater equality.
When we value men’s sexuality over women’s, we’re more likely to focus on his sexual pleasure. Like this:
- Women “servicing” men in a casual hookup, but expecting nothing in return.
- Women obsessing over whether they look hot enough to spark a man’s desire — while ignoring their own desire.
- Men insisting that women act like porn stars, even if their partners find it distressing.
- Celebrating men’s sexuality while women’s desire is shamed and punished.
- Failing to teach girls how to orgasm. And in sexually repressive societies, women often need to be taught.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Sexual satisfaction in more sex-equal societies
Research on the status of women in traditional Polynesian societies supports the view that their position was regarded as high… Chiefly status could take precedence over gender, and consequently, women could also assume positions of power as chiefs.
Polynesian societies also valued the female orgasm. And the women seemed to have been easily orgasmic.
Austria, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Italy.
Satisfaction was much lower in these countries:
Egypt, Algeria, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Thailand
Of course, gender equality isn’t the only thing that matters. Japan isn’t the most sexist country in the world, yet it does seem to have the lowest levels of sexual satisfaction. (And it’s also on the low side among developed countries in terms of gender equality). And several countries score higher than Italy in terms of gender equality.
Still, there is a pattern. And there is a reason why equality matters.
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