Sex, Women and TV: Based on the real sex research of Virginia Johnson and William Masters, the show extensively explores the science of sexuality—and female sexuality especially. In an early episode, Virginia explains to William why a woman might fake an orgasm. The researchers go on to study topics ranging from female masturbation to the merits of the clitoris versus the G-Spot.
Now, in a recent study published in the journal Demography, a team of researchers looked at earnings and parenting patterns over time among married Swedish couples and found that registered partnership is important to both—but for different reasons. The researchers looked at and followed Swedish couples who entered into registered partnerships sometime between —the year Sweden approved registered partnerships of same-sex couples—through They also analyzed data from to get a glimpse of life before official partnership. The 1, couples in the study— lesbian and gay couples—were entering their first unions and were between the ages of 20 and The authors analyzed demographic data—including annual earnings from the couples, the differences between the earnings of people in the couple and the number of children in each union—for same-sex couples and compared the results to , heterosexual couples. Swedish law dictates that married couples can only adopt jointly, thereby making it impossible for one partner to adopt without the other if the two partners are married. The authors found that gays and lesbians got married for very different reasons.