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Are Utah women getting plastic surgery to compete for men?

Essentially, the author argues that a gender imbalance in both Mormon and Jewish cultures has created a dating scenario where women have to compete for men. He cites the fact that in Utah, there are 150 Mormon women for every 100 Mormon men, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. The gender gap can be blamed on any number of factors, he says, including the fact that men generally have higher rates of apostasy.

The result? Men have all the power when it comes to courtship, and women are left competing for dates and wedding rings.

So far, I think the author has a point. The gender imbalance is obvious if you’ve ever walked into a singles ward, jokingly referred to as “meat markets” among LDS singles. My single female friends tell me how women have to work harder to get noticed, while men are able to sit back and be choosy. That’s a particularly hard pill to swallow in a religion where marriage and family are paramount, adding pressure on women.