You might think you have a type, but then fall in love with someone unexpectedly.
In this episode of we hear from people who only date those from different racial backgrounds to their own.
Fitter Families contestants at the 1924 Georgia State Fair in Savannah.
American eugenicists used state fairs as a venue for popular education, and judged “human stock” to select the most eugenically fit family in contests such as this one. Noncommercial, educational use only.) The early 1900s was an exciting time to study genetics.
Ideas such as these were at the core of the American eugenics movement, in which science got mixed up with racial dogma.
Among the results was the destruction of thousands of people’s ability to pass on their “defective” genes through forced sterilization surgeries, a practice that swept across the United States (see map above).
Although he had dated Caucasian women before, Mr Carrol told what attracted him to Asian women was the stereotype that they were better carers."I had this stereotype that they'll look after me better than a lesser woman would.
There is truth to it, I still believe it to be true," Mr Carrol said."She makes sure that I eat something, sometimes I have a tendency to go a long time without eating something. We openly acknowledge that we couldn't live without each other - the first time she said it it made me feel 10 feet tall.""The other side of the coin, men have some kind of idea that they [Asian women] can be bossed around and domineered and all that.They might take more than your average western woman, but you can't just walk over them."After about three months of chatting with Edelisa, and before they'd physically met, he proposed.Ian Stephen, senior lecturer from Macquarie University, says the the English naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin can offer some observations."When it comes to attraction there are a couple of different approaches – in the eye of the beholder, beauty defined by culture and what we see in the media, and then the evolutionary explanation," Stephen says."The latter sees attractiveness in a Darwinian way, so seeing attraction as a mechanism for choosing a healthy mate.Two different types of corn can be bred together to create a stronger variety.Two humans with no overlap in their genetic history are less likely to have genetic mutations."Mr Von Hippel says this is often why we find mixed race people attractive.She says she has always been someone who wanted to get married and have a family and feels the Korean men she's encountered are more "family-orientated"."Culturally in Australia, men are really taught to shun away from family life. In terms of their society, Korean men are more encouraged to have a family and children and that really struck me,” Ms Song says.