Women Are Deciding They'd Rather Not Have Sex Tonight

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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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Sometimes I actually wish I had less of a sex drive because it seems like it'd be easier on my feelings. There have been posts here in the past about the myth of men constantly wanting to bone and women always having a headache, and while intellectually I know I'm not abnormal, it's super hard not to feel rejected when a dude doesn't want to have sex and you do. Seriously, it almost never matters how drunk, how tired, even how stressed I am– if I'm into you and you touch me, I probably will want to have sex. And if a guy doesn't or if he falls asleep? I get all Chicken Little and think the relationship is falling. I feel sort of like a dude complaining about the burden of having a big dick or something, but man, it is genuinely tough.

ETA: I do realize this post is more about power and decision-making within relationships, so apologies if I got somewhat off-topic.