March 6, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Relationship Diversities -- and how we handle them
Some of the diversities we will consider include Interracial, Intergenerational, Seriodiffering, International and Economically Disparate relationships.
Relationship Leader: Carlos Mangas
Icebreaker Leader: Ed Porter
When you think about men, what gets your attention? What makes your head turn? Is it a young fellow with a body drawn from a Michelangelo’s painting? Or, is it that deep look behind the square rim glasses reflecting ancient wisdom? Is it a mind archiving a vocabulary comparable to a Merriam-Webster’s dictionary? How does money enter into this equation of attraction and stability?
Intelligence, beauty, and money are interesting attributes in and of themselves, but our question in this session is not just about these attributes on a standalone basis; today we focus in comparisons. We focus in heterogeneity versus homogeneity. How do we compare to the people we date or with whom we are in a relationship? Are we as handsome as them? Do we share their values? Do they share our ethnicity? Are they as rich or poor as we?
Empirical research in the social sciences supports the claim that attributes such as physique, attractiveness, age, race, income, education, religion matter on the matching process in straight relationships. These differences also affect the stability, the permanence of these relationships. Unfortunately, our knowledge of how these differences play into gay relationships is significantly more limited, and that is why we consider this a theme worthy of discussion.
Optional- As part of this salon, we are conducting a survey examining these differences. If you're so inclined, please take the survey at the following link- http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ML6JMZY
We'll discuss the results at the salon. We are not keeping track of the identities of the individual survey takers and individual responses will be kept confidential.