Inequality in Relationships Takes a Toll on Women
Power imbalances occur in most relationships. According to a recent study, when it comes to young heterosexual couples, having less power in the relationship takes a greater toll on women than men. Results of the study suggest that gender equality has not yet been truly attained.
Relationships that develop in young adulthood, and the quality of these experiences, can affect lifelong relationships. For the study, participants entered information about their past relationships—text, audio files, images, etc.—into a digital, open-ended, online calendar. This information was then used to provide perspective on how past relationships affect other parts of their lives.
According to researchers, most young men who have less power in a relationship aren’t affected negatively by it—they don’t necessarily view that relationship as less intimate or stable than others, perhaps because they are still protected somewhat by a society of male privilege. For young women, however, having less power in a relationship is often associated with reduced intimacy and stability, and an increased risk of abuse.
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