+  2022-09-19 11:59

“Cheap #Sex” is a great book by sociologist Mark #Regnerus to compliment @ProfDavidBuss’ “Evolution of Desire”. It describes the current personal and interpersonal #sexuality / gender relations state of affairs in the US.

The local trends and stats which do or will impact the rest of the planet via the American Soft Power carrier groups — their role models, #Hollywood films, PC games… and porn sites.

The book dispels such misconceptions as “men are afraid to commit”, “#feminism is totally great for women”, “the only side effect of the pill is weight gain” and explains the growing proportion of uncoupled, unsatisfied, lonely people of both genders unable to make a connection.

Other than a short physical one. But only for those that include #fit, rich, educated men taller than 182 cm.😉

Add #Tinder, #Instagram, #OnlyFans and female financial independence, and we obtain fierce female competition for a few good men, skewed market dynamics and the cheapening of sex, mentioned in the title.

The low cost and infinite access to a geographically unconstrained human online marketplace disincentivizes working on #relationships — it’s cheaper to “return your purchase after a 30-day trial” (dump / divorce) and choose the next candidate, or just masturbate alone.

Surrounded by immersive HD #porn of any shade of gray, cool sex toys and AI-driven robots. Meanwhile, the years go by, and our bodies remain optimized for a very different pattern of behaviors and time spans, whether you freeze your gametes or not.

Demand for antidepressants and assisted reproduction increases.

The book’s conclusions are grim, especially for most women and a huge part of men. The technology, ideology and market forces work in unison against any reconciliation, pairing or improvement.

And, I’m afraid, #Europe is to follow, at least the non-Islamic part of it.

Very readable, the text is supported by large surveys (US and international), author’s team in-person interviews at @UTAustin, publications of #evolutionary psychologists and #gender relations specialists… all referenced in a lengthy, but helpful, bibliography.

 +  2021-05-30 09:58

Cool. The upcoming European #Covid19 pass (Electronic Health Certificate HCERT) system — used to allow access to events of 1000+ people and intra-#Europe travel — is on GitHub for your scrutiny.…

 +  2021-03-06 01:59

Wow. And I thought I understood the #EU #VAT system in detail. 😮

Have you heard of the “margin VAT scheme” that applies to transactions of second-hand goods in #Europe? Sellers pay VAT on the _difference_ between the buying and selling price, instead of on the _totals_

No VAT is charged or deducted on the transaction itself.…

 +  2020-10-26 10:04

Let’s speed up the harmonized Unconditional Basic Income (#UBI) implementation throughout the entire #EuropeanUnion. 🇪🇺

A #Europe Citizens’ Initiative is collecting 1 million signatures.…

 +  2016-01-23 14:51

So, it’s 2016 and @Zappos_Service still does not ship to #Europe?! Unbelievable.

 +  2015-05-18 12:11

As long as each country in #Europe fights for its own #cinema industry, instead of uniting under a #EU flag, American hegemony will remain.

 +  2013-10-02 06:08

Is there a correlation between #film dubbing vs subtitles policy and foreign #language mastery in #Europe? You bet:…

 +  2011-07-21 23:00

One of the most accurate and honest articles on the #VC (venture capital) situation in #Europe today:… by @fDestin


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