What Is Love? II- In The Sexual Marketplace, What Are You Buying?

Roissy talks about the marriage market in China-

http://roissy.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/chinese-women-toughest-girls-to-game/

Ferdinand Bardimu responds and claims original credit-

http://www.inmalafide.com/2010/06/23/practical-sexual-economics/

Can an alpha without assets get married in China? I doubt it. The solution for the woman- and the one quoted does not seem to be burdened much by morality- is to marry the beta with the good job and the big apartment and have sex with the alpha.

I think Advocatus Diaboli has the last and best word though-

http://dissention.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/self-inflicted-problems-1/

In the West women are pedestalized; in China they aren’t pedestalized but they are in short supply. As AD points out this is not the case in most of the world- they are neither pedestalized nor is short supply, they are just people who like men enjoy sex and companionship.

And yet as FB points out men funnel a great deal of money to women through dates, engagement rings, weddings, houses in the suburbs, furniture- the list goes on. How is it they can demand, and get such things?

This requires a detailed explanation in itself but let me answer briefly. In “A Farewell To Alms” Gregory Clark talks about how various societies limited the population to avoid starvation. In Europe this was accomplished by restrictions on marriage, but there were no such restrictions in China, so it was accomplished by infanticide. Then as now boys were more valued so more female infants were killed. China has always had more men than women so the gender imbalance people now note with such concern has always been there. In previous times the best way for a man to get wealth, power, and women was to pass the civil service exam and become a government official. Being a nerd was good! And if the Chinese have a reputation for being nerds, well, the entire country was a nerd breeding ground for centuries so it’s not surprising. But we are not Chinese so this is of little practical interest to us.

No such thing existed in England. If you didn’t inherit an estate and you wanted to have a family you had to have some kind of economic success, as an independent farmer, businessman or tradesman. If you were successful you might have a large family, while a poor laborer would have few or none.

While China was breeding exam acers England was breeding entrepreneurs, which Clark credits with preparing the country to start the Industrial Revolution. A certain kind of people were taking over England, and eventually much of the world. But who were, or are these people? And why should you, my horny and impatient friend, give a rat’s ass? Clark also shows there is nothing so valuable as knowledge, so be patient and I will explain.

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3 Responses to What Is Love? II- In The Sexual Marketplace, What Are You Buying?

  1. Sheila Tone says:

    “And yet as FB points out men funnel a great deal of money to women through dates, engagement rings, weddings, houses in the suburbs, furniture- the list goes on. How is it they can demand, and get such things?”

    This goes to the married couple, not the woman separately. The man is expected to support the family — and the woman wisely demands that he prove ability to do so. This is a country that suffered mass starvation a few decades ago, so it’s very sensible for a woman to demand proof that if she has a man’s children, they’ll be comfortably provided for.

    Make up your minds, guys. Should we value dependable beta providers, or shouldn’t we?

    Also, I think those civil service jobs weren’t meritocratic, but rewards for knowing the right people and being a good Communist.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This goes to the married couple, not the woman separately.

    Most men would be content to live a college dorm-like existence if it weren’t for their wives’ demands.

    The man is expected to support the family — and the woman wisely demands that he prove ability to do so.

    This only applies if children are involved. In all other cases, what’s to stop the wife from contributing her fair share in this modern feminized world?

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