Why do more women prefer same-race spouses?

Posted by Ria, 05 Jan 11

same race coupleMuch as black women have been said to be the least likely group to date interracially, most surveys claim that generally, women of all races are less likely than men to date or marry outside their race. But for some reason (I plan to go with stereotypical), more focus has been put on Black women and their reluctance to be in interracial unions.

If the surveys on racial preferences are true, that (compared to men) women of all races exhibit stronger same-race dating preferences, does this mean... women are more concerned about the cultural implications and complications that arise from dating and marrying interracially? Or maybe the results of the survey are so because more men are interested in flings making the race insignificant in such cases.

What are your thoughts on women’s racial preferences in dating? And if you agree with the results, what factors might influence a woman to pay less attention to the race of the mate? Looks? Money? Exposure? …

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  1.   kissime says:
    Posted: 16 Jan 11

    *Familiarity *Conformity *Loyalty *Attraction *Fear *Love

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  2.   NOPLAYER says:
    Posted: 16 Jan 11

    If you look at the statistics, women and men both tend to marry someone from their ethnic group, so this cuts across racial and gender lines It seems majority of people would rather marry someone from their own ethnic group, if you travel to other countries you see more people from the same ethnic group together than you do mixed couples. If you go to the far east or to Africa you'll find they take it a step further, they not only marry within the racial group but the tend to stay within their own clan. There's a certain comfort that comes from being with someone that you share a history, a cultural experience and a cultural indentity with, that cant be found with someone from outside your group, regardless of how much you may love eachother. Just my 2cents

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    • nafahamu says:
      Posted: 21 Jan 11

      I have to disagree a little on this one. Having lived in Kenya and also traveled around the continent quite a bit, Africans on the whole embrace interracial relationships more than any other culture. Tribal relationships, especially in East Africa, are extremely mixed. Yes they do make fun of each other, just like Americans may poke fun at Canadians and English poke fun at the French and vice versa, but that's just natural. But I'm constantly hearing the slogan ONE Kenya, which shows their commitment to embrace each other. I'm originally from the UK and there is a vast amount of interracial relationships here and no one bats an eyelid, or maybe I'm too busy to notice. I'm not saying there aren't problems but it seems less of an issue. In about 100 years we'll all be a mix of something, trying to save your race is pointless. You're not doing anyone any favours. It's also been scientifically confirmed in a recent study that child born of a mixed race couple tend to be more intelligent and less susceptible to illnesses. I believe it has something to do with the further away from your own backyard you go in DNA terms the better. Maybe one for future discussion though :) Might not be true though but it certainly follows Darwin's theory.

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  3.   Oppsattract says:
    Posted: 15 Jan 11

    Black women are already hyper-sensitive to being another notch on a man's bedpost, in spite of the so-called sexual liberation and freedom claimed; so the fear of being used for novelty sex by a white man just seeking an interracial experience is all-the-more disconcerting.

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  4.   irishadam says:
    Posted: 13 Jan 11

    Attempting to find all the differences between all the races in the world is a stress on all that venture to decode it. We are all here for a reason, white, black, latino, asian, islanders, the biological differences in relation to percentages is mere to none. I am a white man who has been attracted to black women my entire life, I do find all women attractive none the less, but personally there is nothing more beautifull in this world, to me, than a black woman. Life is only a trip that is very abrupt, it may end tomorrow. In my heart I know that love, laughter, and smiles is what will exclude regret when the final day comes. If you take the time to worry about the people who look down upon interracial couples, than you need to be counscious of all the time your losing making the one you love happy.

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  5.   edna says:
    Posted: 11 Jan 11

    I don't even like the question of this topic. Can anyone answer this question? WHY DO BIRD WITH THE SAME FEATHERS FLYS TOGETHER? @kissime i am one of the people that gave you point.

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  6.   edna says:
    Posted: 11 Jan 11

    @ sweet063 i have red and commented on different topics. But each topic i red, there is always this word wroten AFRICAN AMERICA WOMEN....AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN. As if the hole problem in the word are concetrated on you people only. Let me FLASH you peoples MEMORY that there are this people AFRICAN EUROPEAN, AFRICAN AFRICA,......ETC on the surface of the word. And they are on this site. And they are faceing the same reality of life like you people. WITHOUT AN OFFENCE.

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  7.   Sweeeet063 says:
    Posted: 10 Jan 11

    A lot of women are discouraged when it comes to dating outside of their race, making marrying outside of their race next to impossible. I personally remember more than one occasion where I was criticized for liking the white boy that lived a cross the street from me. I felt bad because it was frowned upon and I saw that as a foreshadow of what an interracial relationship would be like. Eventually I figured I was just going to continue to let the thoughts of the small minded people around me hinder my progress as a human being or decide to do what the hell I wanted to make myself happy. And that's how I feel :) African American women in general are often told that they aren't even desired by men outside of their race... which is a point blank lie. It takes a big person to venture out into the world of the unknown.

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  8.   dicedealer says:
    Posted: 09 Jan 11

    i think a lot of ppl r afraid of anything iterracial because of how others look at them n what might be said or cultural reasons but i have learned were not that different there r a lot of similarities ppl need 2 have an open mind

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  9.   Sexxy09 says:
    Posted: 09 Jan 11

    I was just having this conversation with a friend. Most of my friends will not date outside of their race, because of cultual issues, finances, or maybe kids. What I have found since dating outside of my race is that if a white man has kids from a previous marriage from his own race, he has money, or his family has money.More than likely because of these reasons, he may not want a serious relationship with a black women. I tell women be wise about dating outside your race, and be open to it.

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  10.   kissime says:
    Posted: 08 Jan 11

    Why do more women prefer same-race spouses? I don't know & I don't care...I'm sure they have their reasons.

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  11.   julius says:
    Posted: 07 Jan 11

    I dont think it just black men i think it is men in gereral

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  12.   Cynamyn82 says:
    Posted: 06 Jan 11

    I think the women are waaay more concerned about it than men are. Most of my black female friends are VERY reluctant to date or marry outside of the race. I am the only one in my clique who finds white and other non-black men attractive. They don't force me to go for black men and I don't force them to go interracial. We respect the preferences of one another. I have noticed that black men do not place as much emphasis on racial and cultural differences as much as most black women do.

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