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Hypergamy is the practice of dating or marrying someone of a higher social status than oneself. Hypergamy is usually associated with women. Some sociologists believe that harems formerly existed because of female hypergamy. Some analysts also believe that people have twice as many female ancestors as male ancestors because of female hypergamy.[1]

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  1. Esteve, Albert, Joan García‐Román, and Iñaki Permanyer. "The gender‐gap reversal in education and its effect on union formation: The end of hypergamy?." Population and Development Review 38.3 (2012): 535-546.