An article from The Huffington Post brings up a debate centered around female sexual empowerment: in today’s society, are women more sexually empowered than men? I.e., do they now have the sexual advantage?
Two female authors battle out the debate with opposing editorials – check out the opening arguments below, read the full arguments and vote below on what you think!
What Bert Show listeners think:
Author Liza Mundy wrote a book entitled, The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family. Her argument opens citing powerful breadwinners as being sexy:
Why is it so hard to accept the idea that women are sexually advantaged by having education and earnings? We know that high-earning women are empowered in terms of financial decision-making, household purchases, and getting domestic help from husbands — why not sex as well? Interviewing for my book on female breadwinners, I was struck by how many women didn’t appreciate that their achievements make them more — not less — sexually attractive. Women, even young women, seem to think they need to downplay their affluence to appear feminine and pleasing. But a growing body of research shows that men are attracted to successful partners. Thanks to decades of hard work, women can exert more bargaining power not only in their relationships, not only in the economy overall, but in their sex lives as well. Make no mistake: Having intellectual and financial resources is a good thing for women, sexually, not a bad one. (Read the full argument, here.)
Danielle Crittenden, author of What Our Mother’s Don’t Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman however, doesn’t agree. Her opening argument goes after the difference between liberation and equality:
Sexual liberation is not the same thing as sexual equality. Millions of glossy women’s magazine pages, daytime talk shows, “sexperts,” feminist treatises, self-help books and Facebook entries to the contrary, women continue to hold different attitudes towards sex than men. And they experience different consequences from sex, especially the casual “no-consequence” kind that was supposed to put us on equal footing with men. (Read the full argument, here.)