Study Blames Hypergamy for Low Marriage Rate

hypergamyI’m going to comment on the article Why Are Marriage Rates Down? Study Blames Lack Of ‘Economically-Attractive’ Men. I’ve rarely seen an article that so clearly shows the hypergamous nature of most women today.

Marriage rates have steadily declined over the past few decades, and now researchers from Cornell University are offering up a possible explanation: there just aren’t as many economically-attractive men for unmarried women to meet as there used to be.

Women don’t want to marry men who aren’t “economically attractive”.

Previous studies had attempted to answer why marriage rates are on the decline, but most focused solely on gender ratio discrepancies as opposed to looking into the specific socioeconomic characteristics that make a particular man and woman a good match.

A man is a good match due to his socioeconomic status.

First, the study’s authors examined data collected on recent marriages between 2007-2012 and 2013-2017, gathered as part of the American Community Survey’s cumulative 5-year marriage statistics. That data was used to estimate the financial and sociodemographic characteristics of unmarried women’s potential husbands by creating economic profiles that resembled real husbands who had married comparable women. These potential husband estimates were then compared to actual population data on unmarried men across national, state, and local locations.

What is meant by “comparable women”? I would assume that this refers to women with comparable socioeconomic status.

Researchers found that these estimated potential “dream” husbands had an average income about 58% higher than the actual unmarried men currently available to unmarried women. These synthetic husbands were also 30% more likely to be employed than real single men and 19% more likely to have a college degree.

So the average man available to an unmarried woman makes 58% less than the average man actually married by similar women. Since the mean income in the US is $30000/year, and to make $50000 you have to be in the top 30%, this means average women are looking at only three men in ten as desirable mates. Put a different way, women are looking at only 60% of the men who are more successfully financially than they are.

It was also observed that many racial and ethnic minorities, specifically African American women, seem to be dealing with especially low numbers of economically attractive potential mates. Additionally, women on both the low end and high end of the socioeconomic spectrum face a harder time finding an economically compatible mate.

On the lower end of the spectrum, women achieve a bump in economic status due to welfare programs, but it doesn’t come with an equivalent boost in social status. Women on the high end are chasing a very tiny “long tail” of very wealthy men.

“Most American women hope to marry but current shortages of marriageable men–men with a stable job and a good income–make this increasingly difficult, especially in the current gig economy of unstable low-paying service jobs,” explains lead author Dr. Daniel T. Lichter of Cornell University, in a media release. “Marriage is still based on love, but it also is fundamentally an economic transaction. Many young men today have little to bring to the marriage bargain, especially as young women’s educational levels on average now exceed their male suitors.”

You heard the doctor: men who don’t make a “good income” are not “marriageable”. He then makes a whopper of an oxymoronical statement: marriage is based on love, but it’s fundamentally an economic transaction. Unless the love he is referring to is the love of money, this statement makes no sense. You heard it here: If you don’t bring money, you have “little to bring”.

It’s amazing to see red pill wisdom openly proclaimed in the media, though I’m sure the story will be spun as it get’s picked up by the big name outlets. Any man who reads this and is at all familiar with the MGTOW movement will see that this study confirms one of their core arguments. Unfortunately for women, while they are the gatekeeper of sexual relationships, men are the gatekeepers of the “marriage bargain”. The old adage that men only care about one thing seems to be true of women as well, though in both cases, this is a gross generalization.

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2 Responses to Study Blames Hypergamy for Low Marriage Rate

  1. Opting out says:

    If any North American man wants to find true value in a woman as a partner for life, I am afraid that the North American woman is to be avoided (exceptions of course are there), and one should look for a more conservative woman from (eastern) Asia. That of course comes with a sacrifice, because as a man you would have to give up your life here, as it would not be fair to expect the woman to leave her family at the other side of the world. Interesting though, I happen to know two men, who have just done that. (Thailand and Philipines). I am very confident that there are more men from the West who have made that move. Drastic, but no longer an exception. Thanks for your article.

  2. Pingback: Men and Women Smeared as Red Pill | Jim's Jumbler

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