The New York Post published a controversial article about women and the price of sex. The writer said that because of a shortage of marriageable men, intense competition from fellow women and the recent phenomenon of porn, withholding sex to get commitment from a man, and marriage itself, are decreasing in America. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/cheap_dates_EnfcHi7NwBAkD3RYMUWv6I
Eric S. Raymond of the internet blog Armed and Dangerous noted that " before 1960, the price of sex was held fairly high by fear of pregnancy and social stigmatization. Then came The Pill; fear of pregnancy receded and social stigmatization of unwed birth effectively collapsed with it." http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=3768 This technological advancement coincided with the transition from the oppressive patriarchal marriage model, which dictated rigid roles that each partner would fulfill, regardless of romantic feelings, to the enlightened companionate marriage model, which emphasized men and women as co-equals. Whereas a patriarchal husband merely had to "bring home the bacon" and his wife attend to her considerable duties to satisfy the letter of the marriage, companionate unions required such ethereal notions as "intimacy, companionship, someone to understand us and be a soul mate." The result was the weakening of commitment between men and women once the ephemeral high of a relationship fades.