For years I have been one puzzled by one observation, when it comes to the men I know in my profession (economics professors): The rating that students give them on the website www.ratemyprofessors.com as to whether they are hot (or not) has little correlation with own my personal assessment of their hotness.
Month: October 2010 (Page 1 of 2)
When I was a kid, my sister and I liked to belt out the words to a popular jingle (with lots of hip swinging for emphasis): “I can bring home the bacon! Fry it up in a Pan! And Never, never, never let you forget you’re a man! ‘Cause I’m a woman!” At the time it, to us at least, it was an anthem for female power, which happens to be the current topic of the Big Think’s current series.
I wonder how many Americans were sitting in church yesterday thinking about porn. After all, about one in three internet users in the U.S. visit a porn site every month—and of those who do, the average number of visits is about two per week. According to the National Election survey (2004), 68% of Americans believe that the Bible is the literal word of God with about 40% reporting regular church attendance. So, are Americans polarized into two groups, churchgoers and porn watchers? Or do churchgoers also watch online porn?
It is widely known that the income gap between the rich and the poor in North America over the past 30 years has evolved from a narrow crack to a yawning fissure. You may be tempted to think that this is only problem for the poor—and that those who have seen their incomes climb have suffered no adverse effects as a result of the divide. New research (incidentally by one of my favourite economists, Robert Frank) shows that rising inequality is driving up the divorce rate and it isn’t poverty that is the culprit; it is the constant pursuit of keeping up with your neighbours.
I love the Bonobos, those crazy little apes. You know what I like best about them? Just like us, those little guys like to have sex all the time. I am not kidding; living in the primal horde is like having been 20 years old in the 1970s. Unlike other ape species, female bonobos engage in sex even when they are not fertile. They do it just for fun. They even like girl-ape on girl-ape action from time to time.
The very first post on Dollars and Sex asked the question: “Do Women Really Value Income Over Looks in a Mate?” The research we talked about in that post also addresses the issue of interracial dating, so I thought it would be interesting to return to that paper again and ask a new question: Do women value ethnicity over income in a mate?
It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, where I live, and for a change of pace I drove up Prince Edward Island to see the musical “Hairspray” at the Charlottetown Festival. As you may already know, Hairspray is set in 1962 and takes a rather cheerful look at segregation in the world of entertainment. At the end of the play, we are left with the sense that a new era of integration has begun—the birth of which is personified in the relationship blossoming between two of the main characters, a white woman and a black man.
According to a new, nationally representative, dataset released this weeka gap has emerged between the races in the U.S. It’s not an income, education, or a marriage gap—it’s a condom gap. Black Americans use condoms during vaginal intercourse significantly more than white Americans. This encouraging news on condom use might suggest hopes for a reversal in the trend in which black Americans have had a much higher prevalence of STIs than the rest of the population. Right now the evidence is preliminary, but with such a rich dataset available economists should be able to determine the factors that contribute to this difference in condom use behaviour between racial groups.