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Sexy, Feminist & Romantic: A New and Improved Look at Feminism

Old-schoolers may still be hanging onto their views that feminists are unattractive, sexually disinclined, usually single or lesbian, and about as romantic as an old pair of socks. Not so say researchers from Rutgers University, whose study shows the opposite to be true. 

Through laboratory and online surveys the researchers inquired into men’s and women’s perception of their own feminism and its link to relationship health. They measured overall relationship quality, agreement on gender equality, relationship stability and sexual satisfaction.

Comforting results revealed that women involved with a feminist partner had a healthier heterosexual relationship. Men with feminist partners reported a more stable relationship and greater sexual satisfaction. Researchers concluded that feminism does not kill romance and that feminist stereotypes appear to be inaccurate and unfounded.

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