A new study shows that feminists have healthier, more egalitarian (hetero)sexual relationships. The study, which was conducted by Rutgers University professors Laurie Rudman and Julie Phelan, attempts to debunk the stereotype that feminists are sexually unattractive and that successful womyn can't find partners.
The study, published online this week in the journal Sex Roles, relied on surveys of both college students and older adults, finding that women with egalitarian attitudes do find mates and men do find them attractive. In fact, results reveal they are having a good time, maybe a better time than the non-feminists.
Although this study examines sexual satisfaction for heterosexual couples, there is still a paucity of research that looks at relationship satisfaction for same-sex couples. If we use Rudman & Phelan's hypothesis that more egalitarian relationships lead to higher levels of sexual satisfaction, then logic would hold that same-sex relationships would presumably reflect even higher levels of satisfaction. Why do I say this?
Well, for one, same-sex relationships typically do not rely upon the scripts of traditional gender roles (i.e. the man makes the money and the womyn tends the home). We have to negotiate the roles we fulfill in our relationships. This would seem to suggest that when both partners have an equal say in the role they play in the partnership, they would feel more satisfied. As for how this translates into the bedroom, yes there are still tops and bottoms. But it seems that we are typically upfront about communicating who we are and what we are looking for in a partner. Be honest . . . I know I've posted many a Craigslist ad saying something to the effect of "femme top seeks butch bottom," (I won't give you TMI seeing as this is only my second day on TBP).
But back to my point. I think this is a great study. But I think the same study needs to be replicated with lesbian and gay couples. And I think a totally separate study needs to be done with bisexual couples. Because that's an even different ball of wax (forgive me if I'm speaking out of turn).
So in case you didn't already know it, yeah for scientists confirming that feminism is really all about knowing how to kick up your heels and fuck! Happy Friday ya'll!