One social science finding which I’ve wondered about over the past few years is the result that women care much more about the race of a potential mate than men do.
The fact that individuals tend to want to mate assortatively with those who share their characteristics is no surprise.
My friend scrolls through the photos of a man on Facebook.
He’s white, lives in a predominantly white neighborhood, and went to a predominantly white high school.
A variety of explanations for these differences have been proposed—such as differing access to education, two parent home family structure (70% of black children are born out of wedlock), high school dropout rates and experience of discrimination—and the topic is highly controversial.
When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, it became illegal for employers to discriminate based on race; After the passage of the act, the wage gap for minority groups narrowed, both in absolute difference with white wages and as a percentage of white wages, until the mid-1970s; at this time, progress for many racial minorities slowed, stopped, or reversed.
Asian workers' median wage was about 101 percent that of white workers.Interracial marriages in general have been rising exponentially since state bans on them were lifted in 1967 - but they haven't been rising at all evenly.A breakdown by race (self-identified) and gender turns up one glaring difference.This post is going to review some findings in a paper which attempts to both describe the differences in race preference for dating by race and across genders, and, why those differences might emerge the way that they do.The paper is Racial Preferences in Dating, Review of Economic Studies (click the link to download and read the whole thing yourself! Here’s the abstract: We examine racial preferences in dating.Stories about black women, marriage and interracial relationships have always generated controversy, strong opinions and stereotyped assumptions.Just this week Dr Laura took a call from a black female caller married to a white man who wanted to know how to handle ignorant and racist remarks from his family and neighbors.There is even a Tumblr blog that compiles messages from “creepy white guys with Asian fetishes.” Yellow fever was also depicted in Debbie Lum’s documentary, Seeking Asian Female, which takes a close look at relationships between white men and Asian women.So the real question is not whether white men have a preference for Asian women, but why? Some argue that it’s because Asian women are more docile, submissive, and tame than their raucous and outgoing Caucasian counterparts.Rather, what does surprise are a series of papers that show a very strong asymmetry in strength of preference between males and females.To be crass about it, an attractive warm body will do for a man, but women strongly prefer a body with the packaging of their own race!Schlessinger said "If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor don’t marry out of your race".The other day I got a comment from “Brenda” about my High-Achieving Black Women and Marriage: Not Choosing Or Not Chosen?Black and Hispanic workers are not only more likely to work in blue-collar or service jobs, but they tend to be concentrated in the lower-wage/skilled jobs, such as operators, fabricators, and laborers, rather than higher-paying precision production and craft jobs within those categories.