Marina Adshade

Economist, Writer, and Speaker | Women, sex, love, and work

Tag: interracial marriage

A Few Thoughts on Interracial Marriage

This week’s Pew Center report finding that the rate of interracial marriage in the US continues to rise garnered very little attention presumably because we are all familiar with this trend. I thought, however, it was worth mentioning some points within that report that we should be talking about.

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Want to Find a Husband? Go to School, Don’t Bleach Your Skin

What do Asian men and African American women have in common? Both are searching for love in very competitive marriage markets and, according to market forecasters, individuals in these groups are driving the growth in global demand for skin lightening creams.

Coincidence? I think not.

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How can parents ensure their children don’t marry outside their ethnicity?

A woman recently shared with me the secret to finding a husband. She told me to write a list of qualities that my ideal man would have and tape it to my fridge. That’s it. And while it sounds too simple to be effective, she assured me that it worked well for her. Just one week after putting her list on the fridge she opened her front door to find her ideal mate standing on her doorstep. A year later they married and are now happy as two peas in a pod.

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Does Size Really Matter in Interethnic Marriage?

My friends think it odd that when it comes to looking for a man I don’t really care about finding one who is tall. Sure, I understand that there is a biological incentive for women to find a tall mate. But since my current survival does not depend on having a man who can scale a cliff face in pursuit of an antelope on my behalf, I am perfectly happy to consider dating shorter men. I also understand that when removing a constraint on a system (such as “I will only date a man who is at least X feet tall”) the outcome must be at least as efficient, so it’s not possible for me to be worse off by making this decision. Call it Le Chatelier’s principle as applied to dating and marriage.

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Why There Aren’t More Interracial Couples

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.

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