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In a few generations, that is. The Orthodox don't yet comprise one-in-ten American Jews, though they will soon and their representation will continue to increase from there. In many respects, non-Orthodox Jews view the Orthodox like liberal whites view white Trump supporters--as deplorables. Orthodox Jews voted for Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. But while the... Read More
The following graph shows why American men and women use dating sites and applications. Respondents were permitted to select as many reasons as they wanted to: Dating apps and websites probably aren't as debauched as you think they are, especially if you came of age before the internet swallowed up all social interactions. Not all... Read More
The empirical assessment of the validity of stereotypes--or the lack thereof--is the blog's raison d'etre, so let's reclinate towards the place we began. The following graph shows how much more likely men are to say they find "slimmer women" more attractive than "chubby women", how much more likely women are to say they find "taller... Read More
The blog's raison d'etre is to empirically assess the (in)validity of stereotypes. File this one in the valid drawer: Because expanding the definition of marriage from being a union between two members of opposite sexes to being a union between two people had nothing to do with redefining the the parameters and expectations of the... Read More
To the assertion: dfordoom responded: It's a good point, one the blog is fond of making. The leveling impulse still motivates many contemporary progressives, but it has been coopted and repurposed by the neo-liberal establishment for use in their relentless consolidation of cultural, political, financial, legal, and military power. And in an increasingly atomized world,... Read More
After the mop up operations were complete and the last incalcitrant resisters snuffed out in the Culture War battle over transgenderism, this blog suspected the next front in the siege on sexual mores would be against the presumption of at least serial monogamy. The celebration of open relationships is on the way! That doesn't look... Read More
Nearly one-quarter of young men at the horniest stage of life wander through a sexual desert: Men in their early twenties are having less sex than men in their sixties do. These zoomers aren't having less sex than those boomers did during the summer of love--they're having less sex as striplings than the boomers are... Read More
In this case conservatism isn't quite the progressivism of five years ago, but it is your parents' progressivism: American social conservatism has been about guns and abortions, little else. GSS variables used: PREMARSX, YEAR, POLVIEWS(1-3)(4)(5-7)
The following graph shows, by political orientation and over time, the ideal number of children GSS participants think a family should have and the actual number of children they do have: There are a lot of intersections on the graph that make it more challenging to follow than it should be. The light colors trace... Read More
The following graph shows net support for toughening (easing) the legal requirements for obtaining a divorce in the US over the past decade by intelligence bucket as measured by the Wordsum vocabulary test. To avoid racial confounding and language fluency issues, the analysis is restricted to non-Hispanic whites born in the US. Values are calculated... Read More
The following graph shows net support for toughening (easing) the legal requirements for obtaining a divorce in the US. Annual values are calculated by taking the percentages of respondents who think divorce should be made more difficult to obtain and subtracting from it the percentages of respondents who think it should be easier to obtain,... Read More
Single women were ridin' with Biden by a nearly 2-to-1 margin: The gap in net support between married women and unmarried women was a staggering 31 points. The difference between married and unmarried men was 20 points. Across both sexes, the marriage gap in net support was 28 points. The gender gap was a more... Read More
With dfordoom's questions as impetus, the percentages of those living with a significant other who are not married to said significant other follow. Residual values represent the percentages of people living with a significant other and married. This thus excludes people who live alone be they single or otherwise. Dfordoom does specify the figures should... Read More
Filtering through the archives, it looks as though it has been over a decade since we've put together posts on rates of extramarital sex by ethnicity, and those were presented in a clunky table rather than in graphical format. You've come far Ness, so it's time to rectify that infidelity to the reader: GSS variables... Read More
The sex recession among young adults today relative to the young adults of the past is a consequence of the decline in the institution of marriage. The following table shows, by the decade the question was asked, the percentages of married and unmarried people between the ages of 18-29 who reported not having had sex... Read More
Talha, in reaction to changes over time among whites and by partisan affiliation for the favoring of close relatives marrying whites: The sample sizes are too small to break out non-white groups by year, so the following graph shows the percentages of people who favor and who oppose a close relative marrying a member of... Read More
Here's another example of modern conservatism being little more than liberalism from ten--or in this case, six--years ago. The following graph shows the percentages of non-Hispanic whites, by partisan affiliation, who said they either "strongly favor" or "favor" a "close relative marrying a white person" over time: The arrested decline among white Democrats since the... Read More
The percentages of married women, by sexual orientation, who report having had sex with someone other than a spouse while married: If the survey asked about pansexuals, maybe the extramarital rate would crack 50%. What kind of man would marry a woman he couldn't, even as an Adonis doppelganger, fully satisfy? Sexual standards are inherently... Read More
The following graph shows enthusiasm* for the potential of having a close relative marry a white person, a black person, a Hispanic person, and an Asian person. Responses, by race of the respondents, are shown along the horizontal axis. The marital enthusiasm they have for a close relative marrying a person of each race is... Read More
The percentage of men under the age of 30 who report not having had sex in at least a year came in at 28% in 2018, the highest figure ever recorded in that age range since the survey first began asking about sexual frequency in the late eighties (N = 2,818). From 1989 through 2012,... Read More
As the kids might say, we'll just leave this right here: For contemporary relevance and to avoid racial and sexual orientation confounding, responses are restricted to non-Hispanic whites from 2000 onward who have not engaged in same-sex relations. Incels don't do too well. Celibate women, more of whom are likely to be voluntarily so (volcels?),... Read More
From a GSS question that was asked in 2002 and 2012, mean number of children among non-Hispanic white married couples between the ages of 35-60 by whether the husband or wife earns more: The differences are fairly modest but a victory for traditionalism is a victory for traditionalism and since I ran the numbers they... Read More
Rosie writes: The GSS routinely asks respondents what the ideal number of children to have is. The survey also asks respondents how many children they actually have. The following graph shows women's responses, by educational attainment, to the ideal number of children for a woman to have and the number of children those women have... Read More
Joe Sobran famously quipped "in their mating and migratory habits, liberals are indistinguishable from members of the Ku Klux Klan." That observation, astute for its time, is covered in dust and growing moldy. The percentages of whites, by age, who have a non-white spouse or partner: Just 1-in-20 young white Republicans are flirting with the... Read More
Continuing on with the question of whether blacks understand questions about political orientation or if their offered responses approach randomness, the mean number of biological children for those aged at least 30 at the time of participation in the GSS. For contemporary relevance all responses are from 2000 onward: There is roughly a half-a-child gap... Read More
Not just behaviorally, but morally as well. From Reuters-Ipsos, the percentages who do not say it is important "for your friends and family to be faithful to their spouses": Respondents are not just talking about themselves, they're describing their broader social circles. Same-sex marriage was from the beginning about tearing down the pair-bonded nuclear family... Read More
The marriage gap is not merely a disguised age gap. To the contrary, the younger the cohort, the more pronounced the marriage gap. Married people of all ages vote quite similarly: The increasing aversion to marriage--some of it a consequence of generational neoteny, with millennials refusing to grow up, and some of it a consequence... Read More
Imagine supporting the civil rights movement and all its ructions, affirmative action at the expense of your own posterity, an ever-expanding welfare state transferring an ever-increasing amount of resources from you and your posterity to them and theirs, the cultural poz, miscegenation in every other media ad, the stifling intellectual oppression of political correctness, the... Read More
Sexbots are already destroying civilization and we don't even have sexbots yet. From Trends, searches for "MGTOW" (men going their own way) and "how to get a girlfriend" in the US over the last five years: Graphical representation by state: The fundamental question of the 21st century is whether or not the West has the... Read More
The average (mean) number of biological children women have by the total number of men they have had sex with since turning eighteen. To avoid racial confounding, results are restricted to non-Hispanic white women. For contemporary relevance, all responses are from the year 2000 onward. To allow family formation to have occurred, responses are restricted... Read More
The civic nationalists want to believe it. A part of me would like to believe it, too. I've mostly shed that part of myself over the last couple of years as it has become obvious that Trump's Authentic American (whites and blacks) vs Fake American (invaders) paradigm isn't going to materialize, but I'm a pragmatist.... Read More
Vox Day, in the context of an interview about sexual promiscuity and the damage it does to children: The following graph shows the percentages of people who have ever cheated on a spouse while married, by their belief (or lack thereof) in God. Responses are from 2000 onward and are restricted to non-Hispanic whites (N... Read More
Using data from the CDC for 2016, Cicerone calculated total fertility rates (TFR) by state and by race for US: Look at the black figures for Maine and Minnesota. Somalis and other Wakandans are doing what Americans won't do--replicate themselves. Utah and North Dakota are above replacement for whites. South Dakota, Idaho, Nebraska, Hawaii, Alaska,... Read More
Dan comments: One of the consequences of modern contraception is the historically unprecedented decoupling of fornication and procreation. More of the former no longer means more of the latter. To the contrary, there is an inverse correlation between notch count and fertility (once the number of partners reaches one, of course!), a trend that is... Read More
I've remarked before how pleasantly surprising it was to find that the 2016 iteration of the GSS asked interviewers to assess the physical attractiveness of survey respondents they interviewed. Here is to hoping it is being repeated in the Current Year as we speak (the 2018 data is now being gathered). The following graph shows... Read More
- Gab Fam man BooksmartBaller wondered about differences in region (presumably among whites) with regards to how they feel about blacks. In 2002, the GSS asked respondents how "warm" or "cool" they felt towards multiple groups, including blacks. The higher the score, the cooler (ie less trusting of and more hostile towards) a region's whites... Read More
++Addition++Heartiste has a lot to add. --- In response to GSS data showing that criminals get more tail than those who follow the law do, Jig Bohnson wonders if it is merely a consequence of people at the bottom of society in general both rutting more and ending up in the slammer more: The question... Read More
++Addition++Heartiste has a lot to add. --- Previously unbeknownst to me, in 2012 the GSS asked respondents if they "have ever spent any time in prison or jail". Among men, the mean and median numbers of lifetime female sexual partners by whether or not they've done time (N = 642): Okay, but there's obviously a... Read More
He is seriously misleading at best: Charitably, "often" isn't intended to be synonymous with "tend to", "usually", or any other word or phrase that indicates liberals are more likely to live 'family values' than conservatives do. Instead, Kristof is taken to be merely stating the bland and obvious fact that there are some liberals who... Read More
There isn't much difference in conceptions of ideal parental arrangements for families with young children by race or sex, but what about by age? The following graph shows perceived optimal family arrangements by generational cohorts, organized into three categories--father as breadwinner and mother as caregiver (father FT and mother PT/home), mother as breadwinner and father... Read More
To conclude this brief foray into frolicking, the following table shows the mean number of sexual partners of the orientation's desired sex in adulthood, by sexual orientation: Nearly one-quarter of gay men report having 50 or more sexual partners. They're living the lifestyle portrayed at pride parades and in so doing are driving the average... Read More
The following table shows the median number of sexual partners in adulthood respondents report having had, by sexual orientation and by the sex of those partners: The stereotypes for gays and straights hold. Sperm is cheap, and gay men put a lot of it into a lot of orifices. Reliably male orifices. A figure 'only'... Read More
Responding to the post on family breadwinning and caregiving arrangements, William Foster writes: Something this obviously in accordance with nature and at odds with feminism--but I repeat myself--holds strongly across sexes. The following table shows the net desirability score for the six possible arrangements, computed by taking the percentage of respondents saying a given setup... Read More
A theme revisited frequently here over the years is that the mildly 'dysgenic' trend occurring in the US is more strongly tied to educational attainment than to intelligence directly. TFR isn't the whole story. When the ball gets rolling matters, too. The shorter the time between generations, the more descendants the initial progenitor will have... Read More
Responding to the apparently quite mild contemporary dysgenic trend among whites, Sid writes: The GSS inquires about the age of parents at the time of the birth of their first child. It will likely come as a surprise to no one reading this that Sid is correct. The following table shows, by intelligence*, the mean... Read More
The percentages of non-Hispanic white men and women, by level of marital fidelity, who report having experienced poor mental health--defined as "stress, depression, and problems with emotions"--in the month prior to being surveyed. All responses are from 2002 onward (N = 4,677): The gap, at 6.7 points, between men who cheat and those who don't... Read More
In response to GSS data showing a positive correlation between marriage and mental health, commenter Marlborough County writes: That's quite reasonable, and he's correct about the link between social class and marriage and thus also between social class and mental health. To the contrary, mo' money does not appear to lead to mo' problems, at... Read More
Women murdering men is close to three times as common as women murdering other women is: I stumbled across this while looking for cross-referenced offender and victim data from the latest iteration of the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. The latest year the figures on sex are cross-referenced (that I could find--the report is not intuitively... Read More
The percentages of people, by sex and number of biological children, who report having experienced poor mental health--defined as "stress, depression, and problems with emotions"--in the month prior to being surveyed. To avoid racial confounding, only non-Hispanic whites are considered. All responses are from 2002 onward (N = 6,961): Whatever the cause and effect may... Read More
The percentages of people, by sex and marital status, who report having experienced poor mental health--defined as "stress, depression, and problems with emotions"--in the month prior to being surveyed. To avoid racial confounding, only non-Hispanic whites are considered. All responses are from 2002 onward (N = 6,521): Eat, anxiety meds, pray, anxiety meds, love. GSS... Read More