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I see twenty references to books or articles on the wikipedia page for hypergamy. I guess they are all hushed up.


Hypergamy (colloquially referred to as "marrying up") is a term used in social science for the act or practice of a person marrying another of higher caste or social status than themselves.

Hypergamy appears to have very little to do with claims of 80% of primate males not procreating. A very simple way of having men in heterosexual relationships in an predominantly monogamous culture on average have more income and education then the woman, is to have an age gap. Then the man can have achieved higher education and have higher income, while essentially everybody still can end up married during their lifespan.

So what is going on with hypergamy then?

Today most people marry their approximate social equals, and in much of the world hypergamy is in slow decline: for example, it is becoming less common for women to marry older men.

Which should solve the temporary problems of mismatches in societies that are becoming more equal on gender but still have older customs about age and status gaps in marriages.

I didn't watch the whole video. After the introduction I thought that it was unlikely that he would reveal any startling new discoveries into demographical data.

by fjallstrom on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 01:38:40 PM EST
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