Starting from the assumption that humans can’t keep track of more than about 150 meaningful relationships, it follows that we rely upon abstractions to understand politics, cultures, and humanity in general. In the realm of describing human groups, these abstractions take the form of generalized composites better known as stereotypes. In general, when Americans think of “a black man” we imagine him as someone who enjoys rap music, because almost every black man an American will encounter has enjoyed rap music.
The way we act toward large groups is determined (entirely?) by the qualities embodied in their composite representations. Particularly, we may envision ourselves as being at peace with the composite or in conflict, and therefore imagine ourselves as fighting, hunting, enslaving, submitting, or fleeing. Group overlaps complicate these relations, so for example I may simultaneously see myself as fighting one group (Americans) while submitting to a subset (the upper class), or I may see myself as being stuck in conflict with one group (Star Trek fans) while being at peace with an overlapping group (Star Wars fans).
I expect there is an Elektra complex which, applied to the composite countryman, drives the majority of political behavior as described by the Pyrrhic Cycle.
The modern American female imagines her composite countryman is weak, effeminate, and unattractive and rebels against this “patriarchal” image’s expectations by dating minority men in order to infuriate him. As I understand it, this sort of rebellion is an ultimatum of sorts (or “shit test”). The patriarchal image is expected to react with a dominance display, therefore boosting his attractiveness, and if he fails to do this she will castrate and enslave him.
I’ll never forget the precise moment I chose to be gay. It was the endpoint in a process of rebellion against my white middle-class parents that climaxed with me smuggling a black drug dealer into my bedroom at 3 a.m. on a school night aged 15.
They have a word for this in America. Bratty young white girls who shack up with African Americans (preferably belonging to the criminal underclass) are known as coalburners. I’d previously lost my virginity in a fivesome with two boys and two girls. But that didn’t sufficiently scandalise my mother, so I decided to up my game. At the time, bringing home impoverished ethnic minorities felt like the ultimate desecration of my well-heeled, two-ponies-and-a-pool Home Counties rearing.
I’m Sooo Bored of Being Gay
It must be noted that this phenomenon is distinct from the cosmopolitan’s curse.
Because the Pyrrhic Cycle describes group and subgroup sociosexual success (adaptivity), the two axes of abstraction and fidelity must be understood in the context of sexuality.