Thursday, February 22, 2007

New trend: brainy women more likely to get married

Via Sullivan, we have this from
In fact, educated women nationwide now have a better chance of marrying, especially at an older age, than other women. In a historic reversal of past trends - one that is good news for young girls who like to use big words - college graduates and high-earning women are now more likely to marry than women with less education and lower earnings, although they are older when they do so. Even women with PhDs no longer face a "success penalty" in their nuptial prospects. It might feel that way in their 20s, when women with advanced degrees marry at a lower rate than other women the same age. But by their 30s, women with advanced degrees catch up, marrying at a higher rate than their same-aged counterparts with less education.
And apparently they (along with their husbands) have better sex lives, too:
According to sociologist Virginia Rutter of Framingham State College, surveys show that educated couples engage in more variety in their sex lives. They are, for example, more likely to participate in oral sex, and educated women are more likely to receive oral sex as well as perform it.
Finally, an untrumpable justification for higher education: You are more likely to get oral sex. Of course, who knows which way the arrows of causality are pointing: maybe it's easier to finish a degree when you're getting oral sex. Or maybe both education and oral sex are caused by some outside factor.

It's nice to see some data countering the stereotype of the brainy/powerful woman who can't find marital/sexual satisfaction. It looks like progress is being made.


Anonymous Sarah said...

I wish I had known this in 5th grade when the other kids were teasing me. I could have scoffed at them, "I'll have better marriage prospects and a better sex life!" So there.

8:15 PM, February 22, 2007  

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