While some people seemed to appreciate us tackling a topic that affects so many, others were quick to dismiss it as racist and unnecessary. One night in Sydney, I was a little taken by a year-old woman in a gay bar. She looked at me expectantly. Also you would be charged with murder. The Pew survey reported that one-third of respondents said they had a family member married to someone of another race or ethnic group. As the education and income gaps between racial and ethnic groups shrank, so did the social distance between them. This demographic change has other effects:
I was neither impressed nor unimpressed.
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So I said nothing. She was a chatty and congenial Aussie, with a distinctive no-bullshit edge. He said it probably has to do with the male emphasis on the physical. One prime reason is that the population is becoming increasingly diverse—culturally, ethnically, and racially. And, as sociologist Dan Lichter points out, the biggest increase appears to be within minority groups. The likelihood of choosing a marriage partner of another race or ethnic group is also influenced by the available pool of people of the appropriate age and with a similar educational background, because most people marry someone close in age and educational level. Unions between Asians and whites are also very sex-selective, with most marriages occurring between white men and Asian women.