She complains about a recent boyfriend, an electrician whom she had been dating for about six months, whose phone started ringing late at night. Pressed, he said he didn't realise the relationship was meant to be exclusive.
The skewed sex ratio “puts black women in an awful spot,” says Audrey Chapman, a relationship counsellor and the author of several books with titles such as “Getting Good Loving”.
These factors must surely have had something to do with the decline of marriage.
Mr Charles and Mr Luoh controlled for crime rates, as a proxy for social dysfunction, and found that it made no difference to their results.
They concluded that “higher male imprisonment has lowered the likelihood that women marry…and caused a shift in the gains from marriage away from women and towards men.” Learning and earning Similar problems afflict working-class whites, but they are more concentrated among blacks. The collapse of the traditional family has made black Americans far poorer and lonelier than they would otherwise have been. In 2007 only 11% of US-born black women aged 30-44 without a high school diploma had a working spouse, according to the Pew Research Centre.
IMAGINE that the world consists of 20 men and 20 women, all of them heterosexual and in search of a mate.
Since the numbers are even, everyone can find a partner. You might not think this would make much difference. Somehow or other, she “steals” a man from one of her fellow women.
But jail is a big part of the problem, argue Kerwin Kofi Charles, now at the University of Chicago, and Ming Ching Luoh of National Taiwan University.