Dollars and Sex

Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love
by Dr. Marina Adshade

Reading through the contents of the book Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love by Dr. Marina Adshade brings me a realistic point of view on how the majority are perceiving relationships these days.

As a marketing professional who have been exposed to economics and had the chance to teach it too, I agree with the points of the book, objectively. But on the touch points, there are subjective fields to consider as well and thus, I know it varies from one person to another.

Herein below are the points of the author and my views as we go along:

In many societies, liberal views on female sexuality have led to more freedom.

Philippines, I think, is starting to be one of those societies. Our values are conservative and female are expected to be homemakers. But as we rise and go around industrialization and adopting how other society does it, we become more open and accepting on how female can be like. There’s equality for each and everyone. Morale is still very much valued and applauded; thus, we still go around maintaining that. What I’m just saying is we just become more open-minded.

Today’s educated and independent women are more promiscuous than those of previous generations and there’s an interesting economic explanation. The women today can afford to be promiscuous.  

Subjectively speaking, some might see this as a decline in morality yet objectively, it is not. There are a lot of things to consider and there will be debates about this. Nonetheless, the respect of the society to each and everyone has been very uplifting. Women today are more educated and independent than the women of generations ago – objectively comparing. Their status can afford their doings and they are their own subject of things.

One good example I could think is Mocha Uson. There are bashers around and I personally don’t applaud her that much but my view has something to do with how she is at the present and not how she was in her past. She was a sexy dancer, sexier than we could all imagine and has an image of being promiscuous; yet she has changed the way how people shall look at her. She has gone to be a blogger whose concern is more on the ‘improvement’ of the society and a lot more with her personal advocacy. Her purpose has been considered bigger.

Since the average educated woman earns much more now than she would have a generation ago, she is in a position to raise a child on her own if she so desires. 

Being a single mother is no longer a big issue and thus there are laws protecting them now. A single mother can raise her child on her own because she is educated and therefore can land jobs that can sustain herself and her child. Not only that single mother today are well-educated but they are sure considered mentally and emotionally strong to maintain and uphold proudly being a single mother. She’s equipped with her own virtue, values and resources. With that being said, women today are better able to cope with difficulties that often accompany an unexpected pregnancy.

There were points regarding marriages, divorces, relationships and the like. By which, all reflect that more than love, relationships are merely decisions by two parties to make it work. I know a lot of people who have cheated on, and to an extent, cheated. There were reasons behind it, but as I have observed those reasons were self-centered and haven’t reviewed thoroughly. Regardless of the reasons, it affects not only the mental and emotional state of the so-called family but of the economic and civil statutes we have in the society.

Men and women have considered equal and independent; and as we go on towards this generation, open-mindedness and new cultural perceptions will inevitably prevail.

Author: shainnehostalero

Shainne Hostalero, MDC is a social entrepreneur (owner and founder of Happy Shift PH), a communication scholar, and a writer.

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