The XX Factor

A Surplus of Women Means Fewer Proposals and Shorter Skirts

A new study from the University of Michigan shows that in metropolitan areas where men are scarce, they are less likely to propose marriage and tend to spend more time playing the field. This is not even remotely surprising, but ScienceDaily reports that there are other societal effects when there is a surplus of women in a reigon:

For instance, studies have shown that when women outnumber men, hemlines actually rise, overall, as women to do more to physically attract men. Also, the rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births are higher, and interests in women’s rights increases. Surpluses of men tend to be associated with more conservative social norms and restricted roles for women.

Short skirts and women’s rights, or muumuus and marriage? The former somehow sounds more enticing.