Sex Roles

, Volume 79, Issue 7–8, pp 409–420 | Cite as

More Property, Better Sex? The Relationship Between Property Ownership and Sexual Satisfaction Among Married Vietnamese Women

  • Trang Thu DoEmail author
  • Hong Thu Khuat
  • Anh Thi Van Nguyen
Original Article


Since the first sexuality research in Vietnam was conducted in the late 1980s, scholarship on this field has proliferated and the topic is now less of a taboo in public discourse. Nevertheless, little is known about the area of sexual satisfaction as well as factors determining a satisfying sexual life for Vietnamese women. Using data from 2783 married women collected from a national survey, we explore the relationships among their sexual satisfaction, socio-demographic factors, and sexual experiences with a focus on their association with ownership of property. Results demonstrated that income, ethnicity, living region, frequency of sex, and sexual experience had a strong relationship with a satisfying sexual life for married women. Additionally, we found that property ownership was a strong predictor of sexual satisfaction: Women who had a savings or bank account in their own name as well as held ownership over their housing or residential land had higher odds of feeling more sexually satisfied. The present study is an important step toward follow-up research that should delve deeper into the field of human subjective sexual well-being not only from the health point of view, but also through a social and cultural lens. The study also has useful implications for those working on sexual health rights as well as for practitioners of women’s rights in development programs and projects that aim to empower women through altering traditional discourses and practices over women’s role in property ownership.


Sexual satisfaction Sexuality Sexual health Sexual well-being Property ownership Women rights Property rights 



We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Kim Wells for his careful reading and editorial suggestions for our paper.


The survey Social Determinants of Gender Inequality in Vietnam completed in 2015 was made possible with funding support from the Australian Government, Ford Foundation and Oxfam Novib.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Trang Thu Do
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hong Thu Khuat
    • 1
  • Anh Thi Van Nguyen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Social Development StudiesHanoiVietnam

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