Father phenotype in female dating preferences

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One social science finding which I’ve wondered about over the past few years is the result that women care much more about the race of a potential mate than men do.

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Females exhibit stronger racial preferences than males.

Rather, what does surprise are a series of papers that show a very strong asymmetry in strength of preference between males and females.

To be crass about it, an attractive warm body will do for a man, but women strongly prefer a body with the packaging of their own race!

They found in preliminary analysis that though females are much more strongly biased, males exhibit the same pattern of determinants.

Since you can read the whole working paper I’ll restate in plain language what they find re: determinants. Here are variables which predict same race preference: High proportion wish ban on interracial marriage in a region Areas where people would not want to be neighbors with another race Areas where there are large populations of other races Here are variables which predict less same race preference: Older Attractiveness, 1 standard deviation increase in attractiveness results in a 4 point decrease in same-race preference Variables which had no effect: Shared interests Cultural variables (books read, etc.) Income There are some comments on the robustness of their findings (N for blacks isn’t very large, etc.), but generally little else in the conclusion.

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