Help me remember an article I read long ago!
March 31, 2012 9:32 AM Subscribe
Help me remember the NYTimes
(?) article I read about the relationship between gender ratios and sexual dynamics on college campuses!
posted by UniversityNomad to society & culture (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is a long shot, but I've seen Ask Metafilter work miracles on this front before, so I'm going to try it. I'm desperately trying to remember an article I came across a while back - I don't remember how far back, but possibly several years. It probably was in the New York Times (given that that's the paper I usually read), but may well have been elsewhere.
Essentially, the article was an examination of the relationship between gender ratios and sexual dynamics on college campuses. I believe it was either looking at one college which used to be all-female but had recently gone coed, or maybe it was looking at the fact that the majority of college students are female now. In any case, it explored how this shifted the power dynamics, sexually, among students. Because they drastically outnumbered their male counterparts, female students felt obliged to compete with each other for male attention, by fitting themselves into a stereotypical male fantasy frame: this generally resulted in more casual sex and fewer relationships, and the relationships that formed often took on a quality that many of them would not ordinarily have consented to (e.g. open relationships). I may not be remembering it exactly, but those are my best recollections. Anyone have any help? Please? I'd be so grateful, as I'm really desperate to find it in order to reference it.