From the desk of Lucas Valentine
Subj: An Excerpt from the Lecture Hall of Ph.D. Sexual Economist W. Anton from the Screw. U. Department of Sexual Economics
W. Anton: “Settle down class. We are about to begin.”
“Go on. Take your seats.”
*The disheveled class takes their seats and becomes increasingly silent.*
W. Anton: “In today’s lecture, we will pick back up from where we left off yesterday. Supply and demand.”
*Displays Pie Charts of declining marriage rates on PowerPoint.*
“In today’s sexual economy, it is apparent that marriage rates amongst the younger generations are steadily declining.
Can anyone answer why?”
*A nerd in the center of the classroom raises his hand*
W. Anton (Pointing): “Yes, you, Glasses. Go on.”
Nerdy Nicolas (Enthusiastic; Lisp): “Because the market value of sex in the modern sexual economy has plummeted, and men no longer have to commit to women to get sex!”
W. Anton: “Interesting. So, what are you saying, to be exact?
Could you be implying that only men desire sex?
That women use sex as a resource as a means to another end?
Is it not true that women, too, enjoy sex?”
Nerdy Nicolas (Nervous; Lisp): “It is true, sir.
But men and women experience sex differently.
Men are much more sexually permissive than women, and often connect sex less frequently to romance than women.
In other words, men desire regular and frequent sexual satisfaction–romantic or not–much more than women do. If this weren’t true, wouldn’t there be more male prostitutes? More male strip clubs?”
W. Anton (Perplexed): “I see. So why, then, do women have sex? Please, continue.”
Nerdy Nicolas (Growing in Confidence; Lisp): “Women often have sex beyond simply desiring sexual pleasure.
They choose to have sex to affirm their desirability, ensure relationship security, and strengthen commitment with their partners.
In the sexual economy where men desire sex more so than women, women are able to subsequently use sex as a resource. Women decide if a sexual relationship will happen.”
W. Anton (Pleased): “Very well. *Someone* has been reading their textbook.”
*Casts disappointing gaze at failing class.*
W. Anton (Begins to Pace the Classroom): “So tell me. If women are the gatekeepers of sex, then what is the price of sex?”
*Silence from classroom*
*Pixie cut and septum pierced Sarah raises her hand*
W. Anton (Pointing): “Yes. You.”
Septum Sarah: “The price of sex is whatever the market dictates.”
W. Anton (Still Pacing): “Correct.
And, today, what is the market dictating?”
Septum Sarah (Smirking): “It’s fluctuating.”
W. Anton (Still Pacing): “And what, miss, is making it fluctuate?”
Septum Sarah (Matter of Fact): “The social and cultural norms of our society.”
W. Anton (Points to Pie Chart): “And what are the social and cultural norms of our society?”
Septum Sarah: “That commitment is no longer a requirement for sex. Sex and commitment are no longer intertwined. The sexual market has become split.”
W. Anton (Impressed by Student): “Split, you say?
And why would that happen? What do you mean?”
Septum Sarah (Pops Bubble Gum): “Because of the pill.”
W. Anton (Intrigued): “And what is the significance of said pill?”
Septum Sarah (Looking Bored): “Since there is no longer a risk of pregnancy when having sex, sex and commitment are now viewed as two separate entities.”
W. Anton: “And how does this relate to the market becoming split?”
Septum Sarah: “Since the majority of men are interested in sex, whereas the majority of women prefer relationships or marriage, the market has–as I have already said–become split into two separate pieces.
One section of the market is namely looking for short sexual encounters, whereas the other side is looking for relationships or marriage.
The short sexual encounters side is namely inhabited by men, whereas the relationship-seeking side is mostly inhabited by women.”
W. Anton (Enthusiastic): “Bingo! And what are the longterm implications of this split market?”
Septum Sarah: “Women hold the power with respect to short-term sexual relationships, whereas men hold the power regarding long-term romantic relationships.”
W. Anton (Warm Smile): “I hope you’re all paying attention to this ‘A’ student, class.”
W. Anton (Begins to Pace the Classroom Again): “I believe we are on to something here class.
Now let me ask you this.
Do men really ‘avoid commitment’ in the relationship game? Do they actually desire to NOT have a relationship?
Come now, class. Don’t be shy. We’re doing so well!”
*Bashful Becca nervously raises her hand.*
W. Anton (Pointing; Excited): “Very well! Let’s hear what you have to say.”
Bashful Becca: “Men don’t really, ‘avoid commitment,’ in the sense that they are ‘afraid’ of it if that’s what you’re implying.”
W. Anton: “That is what I am implying. And why do they not?”
Bashful Becca: “Because men act exactly the way women permit them to. If no woman would hook-up with a man outside the context of a relationship, there would be no hook-up or pre-marital sex culture whatsoever.
All men would be willing to be in relationships if it meant the only way of securing sex.”
W. Anton: “Excellent! Is there more?”
Bashful Becca: “Yes. Unlike women’s fertility which begins to decline past age 35 or so, a man’s fertility can last well into his old age.
Since many men believe they now have ‘all-the-time-in-the-world,’ their desire to get into a serious relationship has plummeted considerably.”
W. Anton: “Precisely. And how has this been affecting the men of today?”
Bashful Becca: “It’s been noted that by nearly every measure of contemporary life, today’s men are failing to adapt. In other words, their motivation to excel in school and the workplace has plummeted.”
W. Anton: “You’re getting warmer. And what does this reveal?”
Bashful Becca: “That men’s primary motive for excelling in life is sex, and when they are able to secure this easily without needing to excel in life, they don’t. There’s no need to when at the end of the day they’re getting exactly what they want.
So if women banded together and demanded a higher price for sex, such as more wooing efforts and less pre-marital sex, then marriage rates would probably return to normal or even rise.”
W. Anton: “And will such a thing ever happen? This talk of women banding together to demand a higher price?”
Bashful Becca: “Probably not. There are always girls trying to figure out how to short the market one way or another.”
W. Anton: “And what about the men? Will they ever change their ways?”
Bashful Becca: “Only if short-term sexual relationships either become too risky once again because of possible pregnancies, or pre-marital sex becomes very, very frowned upon.
Other than that, I’m not sure why they would. Life doesn’t seem too bad for them.
It seems like sex is quite largely available, and at a discounted price.”
W. Anton: “Excellent. I hope everyone else paid attention to these three students. They’ll know the answers to the extra credit questions.
But will you?
Okay, class. That’s enough for today. I’m going to let you all off a little early so you have more time to study for our exam this Friday.”
W. Anton (Winks): “If anyone needs help, please come to my office hours.”
I’m sure we can..er… work out any problems you may have with this upcoming exam.