Empirically testing these and other similar hypotheses requires dynamic data on sex and contraception use over time. I was told by the elders that when the White men entered a Black man's cabin, the Black man was made to leave the cabin or was made to stay and watch. We focus on the beginning of the transition to adulthood, from age 18 or 19 through age 20 or 21, which spans a particularly important period of the life course. That creates, in simple terms, a shortage. This notion is supported by an empirical study of young black women who themselves said that gender imbalance was a reason they tolerated refusal to use condoms and nonmonogamous sexual behavior in their male partners Ferguson et al. None of the men on one matchmaking database was willing to date a black woman In the hands of a bespoke matchmaking service, which spent hours eliciting intimate details about her personality, interests and views on relationships, a good deal of time-wasting would be stripped away. This research capability is important because sex and contraceptive use vary substantially across other sociodemographic factors e. Recommend Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Consensual sex occurred between white women and black men, not with regularity but often enough not to be considered rare or unthinkable. Hodes has not written a book on miscegenation; she excludes both South Carolina and Louisiana from her study, for example, because both states recognized an intermediate class between black and white. One anecdotal example of this is my friend Yvonne. Nonetheless, scholarly convention still holds that a strict and strictly enforced color line, prompted in part by a fear of black male sexuality, was part of the social and legal baggage of slavery.