Em & Lo report from the Institute for Public Research that really nail shut the coffin on the misogynist fantasy that women innately "hypergamous" gold-diggers.
Is there any generation that doesn’t consider itself a watershed? We’re suckers for studies that prove we were born at a true turning point. Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research — a lefty, UK-based think tank — shows that “marrying up” is becoming a thing of the past, and the change really started with women born in the 1970s (hi!). While there has been a slight rise in the number of women who “marry down” (we prefer to think of it as a rise in the number of men seeking “aspirational marriages”), the most significant change is that more and more women are choosing to marry men of a similar social status, rather than trying to “bag a rich man,” as the classy saying goes. Sorry, Don Draper.
Amongst women born in 1958, for example, 38% married “well” — and please take those distancing quote-marks seriously! 23% married someone from a poorer background, and about a third married someone of similar status. Amongst women born in 1970, the number “marrying up” dropped by 5%, and 45% married someone of similar status. And for women born between 1976 and 1981, only 16% married a Don Draper.
Source: Today on EMandLO.com
Hmm... how 'bout that "hypergamy instinct" women are supposed to have evolved according to the usual evo-psycho suspects?
A 50% drop in the number of women "marrying up" and a corresponding increase in the number marrying across would require a heck of a lot of "evolution" in a single generation. On the other hand, if women were, like, people maybe it's something more like when when have the financial, economic, and political resources to marry who they want instead of who they have to you marry who they want!
Incidentally this is really, really good news for men and (some varieties of) men's rights activists who've correctly observed that men have been socially constructed to value ourselves only as innately unattractive, possibly unlovable "walking wallets."
In other words, this information further demonstrates how bogus the bogus Two Rules of Desire really are. Especially Rule #2.