Sexual economics theory
Sexual Economics Theory or SET is a field in academia which evaluates everyday human sexuality as comprised of buyers and sellers. The principle claim of SET is that female sexuality has a higher price than male sexuality.
A central aspect of SET is that men desire certainty about paternity, hence women do not only sell sex, but the promise of faithfulness. Conversely, men can sell their resources as women have evolved to desire them due to their high dependence on men during human evolution.
Founding academic texts[edit | edit source]
The 'founding academic texts' of SET are Cultural Suppression of Female Sexuality by Roy F. Baumeister and Jean M. Twenge 2002, and Sexual Economics: Sex as Female Resource for Social Exchange in Heterosexual Interactions, by Roy F. Baumeister and Kathleen D. Vohs 2004.
"Political bias" and "Commodifying women"[edit | edit source]
While not taking direct inspiration, SET holds the same basic principle about sexual relations as the earlier Marxist book Women As Sex Vendors - or, Why Women Are Conservative (Being a View of the Economic - Status of Woman). This contradicts narratives in the blogosphere about SET being a 'capitalist' framework for viewing sexual relations. It is fairly politically neutral as it is an attempt at being observational rather than prescriptive.
Incel Wiki[edit | edit source]
A lot of this wiki borrows from SET or accidentally reaches the same conclusions. Particularly language about the principle of least interest, female monopoly on sex, men desiring sex more than women, female self-commodification, female demand of wealth for sex, and female incitement of each others hypergamy to raise the price of sex in a pussy cartel.
References[edit | edit source]
- Baumeister, R. F., Reynolds, T., Winegard, B., & Vohs, K. D. (2017). Competing for love: Applying sexual economics theory to mating contests. Journal of Economic Psychology, 63, 230–241. [Abstract]
See Also[edit | edit source]
- Roy Baumeister
- Briffault's law
- Pussy cartel
- Supply side sexual economics
- Demand side sexual economics
- Women As Sex Vendors (book)