Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy by Mark RegnerusCheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy by Mark Regnerus

Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy

byMark Regnerus

Hardcover | August 9, 2017

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Sex is cheap. Coupled sexual activity has become more widely available than ever. Cheap sex has been made possible by two technologies that have little to do with each other - the Pill and high-quality pornography - and its distribution made more efficient by a third technological innovation,online dating. Together, they drive down the cost of real sex, and in turn slow the development of love, make fidelity more challenging, sexual malleability more common, and have even taken a toll on men's marriageability. Cheap Sex takes readers on an extended tour inside the American mating market, and highlights key patterns that characterize young adults' experience today, including the timing of first sex in relationships, overlapping partners, frustrating returns on their relational investments, and a failure tolink future goals like marriage with how they navigate their current relationships. Drawing upon several large nationally-representative surveys, in-person interviews with 100 men and women, and the assertions of scholars ranging from evolutionary psychologists to gender theorists, what emerges is astory about social change, technological breakthroughs, and unintended consequences. Men and women have not fundamentally changed, but their unions have. No longer playing a supporting role in relationships, sex has emerged as a central priority in relationship development and continuation. Butunravel the layers, and it is obvious that the emergence of "industrial sex" is far more a reflection of men's interests than women's.
Mark Regnerus is Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas, Austin. His research is in the areas of sexual behavior, family, marriage, and religion. He is the author of Forbidden Fruit (OUP, 2007) and Premarital Sex in American (OUP, 2011).
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Title:Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and MonogamyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 9, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190673613

ISBN - 13:9780190673611

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Men Increasing Saying "No, Thanks" Good book. It shows reasons why we have falling rates of marriage (and even greater rates of divorce). As women start to become more demanding of men, men turn away from women in pursuit of plesure that costs little to nothing in terms of emotional investments and high cost of divorce. No need to remind readers that men lose 50% of their property (real estate, cash, investments, etc) after divorce, plus add to this amount up to 18 years child support, including spousal support. So the costs of emotional investment can be staggering. And men are increasing saying "No, Thanks."
Date published: 2017-09-03