This woman should have written to “Dear Economist”

From The Onion, "I’ve Got a Lot of Love to Barter":

Relationships are a two-way street, and you can’t expect to make them work unless you’re willing to get out there and risk being hurt. Took me a long time to learn that, but now that I’m ready to open my heart to another person, it’s only a matter of time before I find my soulmate. So look out, world, because I’ve got a whole lot of love to give to the first person who can match that love with a similar offer or its equivalent in luxury items, birthday and anniversary presents, or cash.

The writer is female; unlucky. Chapter three of "The Logic of Life" points out that women in most cities in the developed world open their bartering from a weak positiion because there are not enough men to go around.

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