Results indicated that willingness to date intra-racially was generally high and that willingness to date inter-racially was lower and influenced by racial social status.
Because men evidenced an overall high willingness to date inter-racially, women’s willingness to out-date provided a more accurate depiction of racial social status and exchange.
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On these “consensually-ranked” traits, people seem to aspire to partners who rank more highly than themselves. The stereotypical example of that is known in sociology as a “beauty-status exchange”—an attractive person marries a wealthy or otherwise powerful person, and both win.
It’s the classic story of an elderly polymath-billionaire who has sustained damning burns to the face who marries a swimsuit model who can’t find Paris on a map but really wants to go there, because it’s romantic.
It creates this self-affirming circle where we never even stop to ask if we perceive the man as good-looking.
We just say she’s good-looking, he’s high status—and she’s good-looking in part because the couple is high-status."“Assuming that the importance of beauty and status is gendered may cause researchers to overlook men’s attractiveness and women’s socioeconomic resources,” Eli Finkel, a psychologist at Northwestern University, told “Scientists are humans, too,” Finkel claimed, “and we can be inadvertently blinded by beliefs about how the world works.
What appears to be an exchange of beauty for socioeconomic status is often actually not an exchange, Mc Clintock wrote, but a series of matched virtues.