Marina Adshade

Economist, Writer, and Speaker | Women, sex, love, and work

Midlife Hits Us All. But It Hits Sex-Starved Singles Hardest

According to new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, decreasing life satisfaction over our thirties and into our forties is a nearly universal human experience. There is an antidote to all that unhappiness though: marriage. Multiple studies have shown that people who are married are able to stay much more cheerful through these difficult middle years.

I have a theory about why we see this relationship: sex. Sex makes people happy. Young people have more sex than middle-aged people. And middle-aged people who are married have more sex than those who are single.

For more on this, see my latest in The Daily Beast.

Male Scientists Play ‘Hot or Not’ With Petraeus’ Mistress and Wife

Days after the media broke the scandal now known as the “Petraeus Affair” in 2012, professors at the University of Michigan projected pictures in their classrooms of General David Petraeus’ posing separately with his wife of 38 years and of his much younger lover, Paula Broadwell, and asked their students to rate statements like: “I don’t blame General Petraeus for having an affair”, “General Petraeus was a victim of his circumstances”, and “It is unrealistic to expect powerful men to remain faithful.” 

What first appeared as a questionable classroom exercise reemerged last week as an academic article that wants us to believe that there is an evolutionary argument to be made for sympathizing with powerful men who have affairs with younger women.

I see this as part of a disturbing trend in evolutionary psychology away from trying to simply describe how humans do behave toward making a case for how humans should behave.

You can see my article on that at The Daily Beast.

Does Marriage Really Make Us Healthier and Happier?

On October 25th I organised an event sponsored by the Women’s Health Research Cluster and Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia, titled, “Happy Ever After: How marriage impacts our health and happiness.”  I will post the entire event when the audio becomes available, but in the meantime, my talk is available at The Institute of Family Studies published my talk here:

https://ifstudies.org/blog/does-marriage-really-make-us-healthier-and-happier

More or Less: Why are Lesbians More Likely to Divorce than Gay Men?

BBC’s More or Less wanted to know why 74% of the same sex divorces in the UK are in marriages between two women. I don’t have the complete answer to this question – there is a very serious lack of data. But I have some theories I was happy to share with Tim Harford. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/w3cswk2w

How Sex Robots Could Revolutionize Marriage—for the Better

Slate has published an abridged version of my chapter from Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications. You can read that here!

 

The Next Hundred Years

We asked researchers to transport themselves into the future.
Here’s what Dr. Marina Adshade from the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC had to say.

“My sense today is that we are slowly moving towards a build-your-own-marriage system, in which there is no universal concept of what is a marriage.”

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Will marriages become short term contracts? An interview with Economist Marina Adshade (in Polish)

I spoke with the Polish newspaper Forsal earlier the month about my work on the economics of sex and love. I have included the cover of the Polish version of my book, just for fun.

You can see this interview here.

 

Sex and Love 2.0

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How will the rise of robots affect modern marriage?

New parents need flexible workplaces. Did the budget deliver?

The most important step toward solving the problem of gender inequality is not, as many believe, creating a society in which women behave more like men but rather a society in which men behave more like women. The new parental-leave policies announced in yesterday’s federal budget may give Canadian men a much-needed nudge in that direction, but it won’t undo the annoyingly persistent belief that raising children is woman’s work.

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