A new study argues that gender inequality causes women to withhold sex from men until they get what they want. A look at the study text, however, raises a lot of questions.
Earlier, I wrote about Roy Baumeister and Juan Pablo Mendoza's study showing that people in countries with greater gender equality have more sex — as defined by number of lifetime partners, frequency of casual and premarital sex, and attitudes toward abstinence. Baumeister and Mendoza theorized that inequality forced women to use sex in order to get various resources, meaning they'd have to "restrain" it until men provided these resources — by this logic, sexual activity would essentially be governed by women's economic decisions. We requested the full study to see if they'd considered other possible explanations, and it now seems like they did — sort of. They write,