A new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins has found that the more take-charge a woman is, the less likely she is to have frequent sex. Uh oh! Liz Lemon, etc. Eh, relax, bossypants, you're fine—it's not like that at all! The study, which was done in six African countries, looked at married women and their domestic decision-making patterns. Here's what they discovered:
"The more decisions a woman reported making on her own, as compared to joint decision making, the less likely she was to have sex and the longer it was since she last had sexual intercourse."
It might be tempting to conclude that these women were so bitchy that their partners didn't find them attractive, but if you've ever watched a sitcom you know that's not true. Men always want to sleep with you, no matter how horrible of a person you are! Seriously though, having less sex might sound like a bad thing, but in this case it simply meant that women who were empowered to make decisions around the house were also empowered to decide if and when they wanted to have sex. Carie Muntifering, one of the study's co-authors, explains why this matters:
"Understanding how women's position in the household influences their sexual activity may be an essential piece in protecting the sexual rights of women and helping them to achieve a sexual life that is both safe and pleasurable."
See! As the most powerful domestic decision-maker of all time, Martha Stewart, would say, "It's a good thing!"
Women In Charge "Have Less Sex" [Telegraph]
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