A couple of groups have had their status raised substantially (primarily by the reduction of their status penalty) within society within my memory. One such group is blacks and another is the non-neurotypical/geek/nerd group. Does either group act grateful that society has reduced substantially the status hit (in the case of the latter), or effectively given a bonus (in the case of the former) to its social standing?
Obviously the answer is no. It's kind of funny honestly, even a group with a high fraction of non-neurotypicals is still pretty collectively short on gratitude. But perhaps there's more to it than this. Think about it---what's the killer app of high status?
Yes, it makes men treat you a bit more deferentially, but, the big deal is that it, in the immortal words of Londo, makes women 'come to find you attractive'.
If we look at what a geek with poor neurotypical emulation got back in the early 60s in terms of the SMP/MMP, versus today, what do we see?
Well, we see that he might have been able to boost his standing from the 40th percentile to perhaps as high as the 70th---solid 'Greater Beta' territory in Roissy's taxonomy, or high Delta in Vox's.
But the incredible increase in obesity from then to now swallowed up all of his gains. The women his present day version gets now are no hotter than the ones his 60s counterpart got back then, despite lots of effective social climbing through the 'emancipation of the geek'.
The black guy is more or less in the same boat---perhaps even more so given that black women in the US have even higher obesity rates than do white women. Not only that, the black man's lowered social status back then relative to society as a whole hurt him a lot less, because he effectively had a separate, parallel, and captive SMP/MMP. As a rule, barring a few exceptions, he didn't have to compete with white guys for the best looking black women. There's a bit more blurring of that market now, but honestly not a whole lot more, especially in the MMP.
Are groups annoyed because they've gotten a promotion that seems purely nominal---like a job promotion that doesn't carry any meaningful raise?
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