Thu
Sep 20 2012 9:19am

Speak for Yourself! Women Speak Less in Groups When Outnumbered by Men

In romance novels, the hero makes himself extra-sexy when he encourages the heroine to speak up for herself, or likes it that she does already. Perhaps we find it so attractive because, as the American Political Science Review finds in a new study, women who are outnumbered by men in a group are much less likely to say what they think. 

In fact, women speak 75 percent less than men in groups where they're outgendered.

Which romance novel's heroine is the best at speaking up for herself?

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4 comments
Myretta Robens
1. Myretta
Jessica Trent, future Marchioness of Dain, IMO (Lord of Scoundrels - Loretta Chase) although many of Loretta Chase's heroines are delightfully self-assured and outspoken.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
@Myretta, yes, I was (obviously!) thinking that a lot of Loretta Chase's heroines are very capable of speaking for themselves, even without the hero's urging.
Mary Beth Bass
5. marybeth
I love the way Lady Calpurnia Hartwell in Sarah MacLean's wonderful NINE RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE speaks for herself and becomes the best version of herself over the course of the story. She is one of my all time favorite heroines!
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