Athlone McGinnis Athlone is a young man whose background gives him unique insight on sociological and cultural changes that are happening today. Recently, BuzzFeed writer Andrew Kaczynski commented about an interesting trend he observed with regard to data from the dating website OKCupid: My question is this: Modern society has come a long way with regard to discrimination and the fight against it. In the romantic context, this has led to a lot of interesting changes. Ethnic Boundaries Religious and cultural boundaries that once stood in the way of many romantic unions have now largely been broken down.
It was once quite difficult for a gentile to form a romantic relationship with a Jew in many parts of the developed world, with such unions coming under intense shaming and scrutiny from wider society invested in maintaining a separation between the two groups.
Today, such unions are fairly commonplace, and they are now often formed absent the kind of shame that was the norm during the adolescence of our grandparents.
Racial Boundaries Similarly, it was once quite difficult for those of African descent to form romantic relationships with non-blacks, especially those of European heritage.
The social pressure and shaming directed at those who participated in such unions was astronomical, and even the legal system in the United States was oriented to crush such relationships until just over 50 years ago.
Though such unions are still subject to a significant degree of negative social pressure, it is no longer politically acceptable in mainstream western discourse to throw vitriol at a black-white couple.
We leave consenting adults alone to make their own decisions, and we respect them. The same goes for other interracial unions. Unions between Hispanics and whites in the USA were once generally discouraged, but are now the most common inter-ethnic combination in the USA. Asians and whites mingle freely, as do Hispanics and African-Americans. Gender Boundaries Society has come a long way with regard to the treatment of same-sex couples and their relationships.
Gay men once had to live heavily closeted lives, even if they possessed large degrees of wealth or fame. The use of slurs designed to insult their preferences and their lifestyle was common in the mainstream media.
Gay men live their lives openly in the mainstream media in full view of the world. Mainstream television shows now feature homosexual couples and even go as far as to openly display gay sexual activity. Age Boundaries One may be led to wonder why it is that, despite all of the progress described above, it is somehow alright to shame older men who seek to date younger women. Their desire to date significantly younger women is described as a societal ill by some. He implies that this attraction that male adults feel for female adults really is a problem that should, ideally, be addressed and corrected.
Somehow, I do not believe that many of those who are most vocal in their opposition to older male-younger female unions would take kindly to either of those hypotheticals. Despite this, they remain vocal in their opposition and shaming of age-gap unions, as though those who maintain a desire for younger women have no real right to do so. But an older man who seeks to date a younger woman is somehow out-of-bounds?