2012 August 25 Saturday
Hypergamy In China Cutting Fertility Of High Ranking Women

In the United States you need to visit a pick-up artist blog (a very highly excellent one at that) in order to read realistic discussions of female hypergamy (basically, where women try to trade up and dump their lower status men). But in China social scientists consider hypergamy a serious problem to discuss.

One hurdle in finding a spouse is China’s long-standing tradition of hypergamy—or women marrying up, in terms of income and status. The older and more accomplished a Chinese woman is, the narrower her potential dating pool, explains professor Li Yinhe, who researches sex and relationships at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Even with millions more men than women overall in China—due to rampant abortions of female fetuses by couples hoping for a son—the prospects aren’t necessarily easier for women “at the top of the social pyramid.” As Yang says: “A-class women don’t match with B-class men.”

Why this is a problem: women who have the genes that enable them to do well in business and engineering (e.g. genes for higher IQ, conscientiousness, and drive) are least likely to reproduce. This does not bode well for the gene pool of future humans.

Western countries need more a more pragmatic social science elite that will study and discuss humans as they really are. Ideological feminism and ideological diversity worship are not doing us any favors.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 August 25 11:22 AM  Human Nature Attraction

Shawn said at August 25, 2012 1:16 PM:

"The older and more accomplished a Chinese woman is..."

Maybe the causation is reversed: older= less desirable; more accomplished=high T masculinity.

Mercer said at August 25, 2012 2:57 PM:

You don't have to read pickup blogs to know young women are doing better than men and are not interested in men who are below them - the same thing as China's "left over ladies". Kay Hymowitz and Hanna Rosin have both written about them in the mainstream press. In the intro to her upcoming book Rosin writes females are doing better in most colleges everywhere outside of Africa. See here:


Pratt said at August 25, 2012 3:42 PM:

NY Times Op-Ed from yesterday:

"Men, Who Needs Them?"


"With expanding reproductive choices, we can expect to see more women choose to reproduce without men entirely."

"[W]omen are both necessary and sufficient for reproduction, and men are neither. From the production of the first cell (egg) to the development of the fetus and the birth and breast-feeding of the child, fathers can be absent. They can be at work, at home, in prison or at war, living or dead."

"Ultimately the question is, does “mankind” really need men? With human cloning technology just around the corner and enough frozen sperm in the world to already populate many generations, perhaps we should perform a cost-benefit analysis."

HighEarner said at August 27, 2012 5:25 AM:

I am not sure this is correct. Yes there are a few late 30's single women in my profession. Yes, they are high earning, intelligent and all that but the reason the are single is not because they are unable to find a mate but because in each case they are not desirable - either fat, not beautiful, attractive but promiscuous. I mean I am looking for someone who is financially on the same footing but single women my age (29) or slightly older usually have some flaw. They are not worth it. I guess as they say where have all the good men gone - I think the same about women.

Wolf-Dog said at August 30, 2012 7:56 PM:

Randall Parker: "Why this is a problem: women who have the genes that enable them to do well in business and engineering (e.g. genes for higher IQ, conscientiousness, and drive) are least likely to reproduce. This does not bode well for the gene pool of future humans."

The negative effect that a small percentage of intelligent women reproduce, might be offset by the fact that the same elitist system would so heavily discriminate against unintelligent men that in the end a high percentage of such unintelligent men would be unable to father children, and thus the ratio of intelligent to unintelligent children might be conserved. It is not entirely true that all the intelligence genes are carried by women, some forms of mathematical ability are carried by women, but there are other forms of scientific ability that are also carried by male chromosomes.

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