I’ve made claims from time to time that promiscuity exacts great tolls from society. There’s been a great deal of research, as well as observation, of the various detrimental physical and psychological effects of promiscuous sexual behavior, which may differ between the sexes.
However, there’s been little written on the economic effects of promiscuity. My claim last summer that there are substantial costs to society associated with sluthood evoked great derisive chortles from Jaclyn Friedman.
In my recent post What a Slut Is, I promised a follow up - What a Slut Costs. I began with a Google search, which revealed disappointingly little in the way of noteworthy analysis. So I’ve put together an original flowchart to illustrate the concept. I haven’t attached dollar numbers to specific effects, though I hope to do so in future. In the meantime, I’ve used a $-$$$$$ system to generally indicate where costs occur.
In general, direct costs associated with promiscuity may be found in the following areas:
- Healthcare: Medicaid/Obamacare
- Insurance Premiums
- Corporate benefit costs
- Public Sector Legal Costs: police, attorneys, court system
- Private Sector Legal Fees
- More divorce: less efficient spending and saving
There are also enormous indirect costs, including decreased productivity and a labor shortfall due to declining birth rates. Things would have to get considerably worse to reach a point of economic stagnation due to promiscuity in the U.S., but this is the path we are currently traveling.
Please note that costs vary considerably by socioeconomic status. The left side of the chart is more closely associated with low SES, the right side with high SES.
I’m not an economist; this is really more of an exercise in common sense, as well as a work in progress.
Your thoughts? What did I miss?