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New chart reveals that women still “marry up”–despite decades of feminist hectoring

February 16, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Mr. Big: Still the guy the gals want to be dependent on

Hmm, turns out that women really do “marry up”–they choose husbands whose socioeconomic status at the very least mirrors, but preferably exceeds their own.

That’s the lesson to be learned from Bloomberg News‘s just-released “Who Marries Whom” interactive chart, using data from the 3.5 million households surveyed in the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey. Bloomberg reporters Adam Pearce and Dorothy Gambrell write:

“High-earning women (doctors, lawyers) tend to pair up with their economic equals, while middle- and lower-tier women often marry up. In other words, female CEOs tend to marry other CEOs; male CEOs are OK marrying their secretaries.”

This is interesting because it comports with evolutionary psychologists’ theory of “hypergamy”–that women instinctively tend to seek mates with higher financial resources than their own so as to assure that their offspring will be provided for. It’s a theory that has been supported by experiments indicating that women find men of higher social status more attractive than lower-status men, but feminists hate it.

Here’s an example: a 2015 article by The New Republic‘s Elizabeth Breunig titled “Pick-Up Artists and Pro-Family Conservatives Agree: Women Only Marry for Money.” Breunig writes:

“There are infinite varieties of misogyny on the Internet. Arguably the most visible type of digital woman-hating emanates from the pick-up artist movement, something between a sociopathic self-help theory and an ersatz philosophy….

“In fact, the idea that marriage is such a financial lifejacket for women that they must be forced into via the threat of poverty lest they revert to nasty instincts is somewhat typical of the pro-family right.”

In other words, the only thing worse than a dastardly pick-up artist is a conservative who believes that the traditional family is a healthy social arrangement.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen
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