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— from <http://www.world-science.net/othernews/071015_feminist.htm>:
“Popular stereotypes of feminists as unattractive and sexually unappealing are wrong—in fact feminism may improve romantic relationships, a new
The findings, by Laurie Rudman and Julie Phelan of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., appear this week in the research journal Sex Roles.
Rudman and Phelan surveyed 242 American college students and 289 older adults. They examined people’s perception of their own feminism
and its link to relationship health, measured by a combination of overall relationship quality, agreement about gender equality, relationship stability
and sexual satisfaction.
Feminism was linked to healthier heterosexual relationships for women, they found, while men with feminist partners reported more stable
relationships and greater sexual satisfaction.
The findings provided no evidence for the notion that females who champion women’s rights are likelier to be single or lesbian than others,
Rudman and Phelan added. Indeed, they found that feminist women were more likely to be in a heterosexual romantic relationship than non-feminist
Unfortunately, it seems like homosexual women and their relationships and experiences were ignored by this study. I tried to find a companion study finding that non-heterosexual feminist women report greater relationship satisfaction and better sex lives when partner(s) are feminists, but it seems like such a study has not been attempted. Hmmm.