Sadly, women don't rule the world. Far from it. Even getting to equal seems like an uphill battle in most countries. But sometimes, there are islands in the sphere of human interaction where women decide what happens.
Can that happen in dating? Yep. One situation where women certainly have bargaining power is when men outnumber women. A high ratio of men to women means men compete for women, and women can choose their mate.
There are several situations where we find a high gender ratio: some countries (here I mention China), some immigrant communities, college majors, social groups and others. Joshua Angrist and colleagues have studied a variety of immigrant communities in the U.S. and have found five outcomes in their relationships when women have the upper hand:
- There are more marriages. Groups where men outnumber women see their marriage rates go up, compared to groups with even gender ratios.
Bottom line: Bargaining power for women is a pretty good thing. For everyone.