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Global impact of the Gender Flip on Partnering Patterns


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As more women worldwide earn salaries that overtake those of their husbands and partners, family dynamics will change in regards to increased numbers of men becoming house husbands as well as growing numbers of women living independent lives visa finances and sexual choices.

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Global impact of the Gender Flip on Partnering Patterns

  1. 1. The Global Impact of the Gender Flip on Partnering Patterns Leanna Wolfe, PhD 4th International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Non-Monogamy February 14, 2015
  2. 2. Considerations: • Increasing numbers of women in Europe, the America’s and Asia are out-earning men • Marriage and partnering patterns have been and will continue to be affected • Male/Female Eroticism is up for grabs
  3. 3. Economics of the Gender Flip • 29% of American wives out-earn their husbands • By 2050 71% more college educated women than men • Similar patterns for South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, France, Chile, Ireland, Canada, Belgium and Norway • Hypergamy (women marrying up) is declining in the Western world • Marrying down more common in much of the Americas and Western Europe • 66% of births to single mothers in Iceland • 50% in Sweden • Not regarded as a social problem as in the U.S.
  4. 4. Asian Women • High incidence of early 30s women are single and unlikely to marry • 32% Japan • 37% Taiwan • 25% Hong Kong • Fertility rates at an all-time low • Taboo against unmarried childbearing • Asian women do want to marry, but… • Seek to marry men at their level or higher • High earning men prefer younger non-professional wives • Well-educated high earning women are out-migrating to Europe and the Americas
  5. 5. Globalization of Marriage • Mail Order Brides • South Korea • Importation of Thai and Vietnamese women • American men in Thailand • Sex Vacations • Marriage • Spain • Importation of rural Latin American women • Spanish women marrying N. European men
  6. 6. Women with Money… • Partnering Patterns Shifting • Monogamy Questioned • Heteronormative Marriage Optional • Polyamory • Poly Singles with Independent Lives • Queen Bees • Sex for Pleasure • Casual Sex • Sex parties, hook-ups • Sex Vacations • Caribbean Beach Boys • Yellow Cabs • Kink Sexualities • Lesbian and Bisexualities
  7. 7. Male Fall Out… • Independent Women No Longer Need Men for: • Provisioning • Insemination • Protection • No Need to Sort Out Cads from Lads • Peter Pans • Househusbands
  8. 8. The Uncomfortable Relationship Between Sex and Money • Victorian Sexual Expressions • Provider Husband with Compliant Wife • 1970s Divorce Wave • Prostitution • Gigolos • Dating…
  9. 9. Gone with the Wind…
  10. 10. Henpecked Men
  11. 11. The 1960s
  12. 12. 1970s
  13. 13. 1980s
  14. 14. 1990s
  15. 15. 2000s
  16. 16. Fifty Shades of Grey
  17. 17. What’s Being Traded Today? • What turns on today’s women? • Confident Men • What turns on today’s men?? • Compliant Women? • Independent Women? • Internet Porn?