Of course, everyone on the Internet took this in without even blinking, accepting that people are complex and varied in their desires and understanding that attraction is a complicated beast. To judge by the collective outrage over the episode, you would’ve thought that Dunham had murdered Ned Stark while dressed as Hitler and simultaneously shooting kittens out of a cannon that was also on fire.(credit: Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com)" src=" width="333" height="500" srcset=" sizes="(max-width: 333px) 100vw, 333px" / Now, late to the party as I may be, I have to say that this does bring up the ever-popular topic of whether it’s possible to date someone who is “out of your league”.However, Townsend (1989) surveyed medical students regarding their perception of how the availability of marriage partners changed as their educational careers advanced.Eighty-five percent of the women indicated that "As my status increases, my pool of acceptable partners decreases" (p. In contrast, 90% of men felt that "As my status increases, my pool of acceptable partners increases" (p. Saint-Paul (2008) argued that, based on mathematical models, human female hypergamy occurs because women have greater lost mating opportunity costs from monogamous mating (given their slower reproductive rate and limited window of fertility), and thus must be compensated for this cost of marriage.But can you predict how such mismatched couples fare in real life?Chances are, at some point you have met a couple and said to yourself, “How did he end up with her? ” As tactless as it may sound, no one wants to marry someone “beneath” them. So while I may be a little behind the pop-culture curve, there are certain issues that I find fascinating from an outsider’s perspective.
Social learning theorists, however, say women value men with high earning capacity because women's own ability to earn is constrained by their disadvantaged status in a male-dominated society.And in modern times, power is usually associated with financial resources.In cross-class marriages, one partner will usually have more money, therefore more options and, almost inevitably, more power in the relationship.This imbalance of power may not have been problematic in times when marriage was not supposed to be a relationship between equals – in patriarchal societies, it was accepted that the male partner would wield more sexual, economic and political sway over the female partner in all institutions ranging from law, medicine, governance to family and marriage.Likewise in matrilineal societies, a husband submitted to living with his wife’s family and adapting himself to the ways of the established household.