Facebook When it comes to dating, do you have a type? Seriously, most of us have a preference or two, or three , but have you ever stopped to think why you're attracted to certain people and not others? And whether underlying that attraction, or lack thereof, lurks some kind of prejudice? What is your experience of race and dating? Share your story with us. US dating website OK Cupid crunched the data from some 25 million accounts from to on people's racial preferences. Women preferred men of their own race; But they were more likely to discount Asian and black men; All men, except latinos, preferenced Asian women over their own race; Non-black men were more likely to discount black women.
According to Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid, the pattern has stayed pretty stable through the boom in online dating, from to If anything, racial bias has intensified a bit," he wrote in his blog.
Christian said all the dating data he'd seen fits the same pattern: Black people and Asian men get short shrift. In , they surveyed nearly 4, Australians. It showed while four out of five people said they would date outside our own race, only half actually had.
But don't I just like who I like? While racial bias is "highly prevalent", Denton said his research showed that very few gay and bisexual men made that preference explicit in their online dating profiles - about four percent.
Supplied It generally manifests in more subtle ways, according to Denton, like not replying to a message from someone in the list of racial groups you don't fancy. When I interviewed men about their experiences with sexual racism, predominantly they discussed these very periphery, hard to see, hard to identify feelings of exclusion characterised their online experiences. He surveyed nearly 2, men across Australia asking them to rank how attractive or unattractive they found particular racial groups.
White people were rated the most attractive. Asian women fetishised Certain racial groups become associated with masculinity and some with femininity - Asian women fit into this category, according to Denton. Chinese-Australian woman Emma told Hack men assume she will be "quiet, shy and demure" - but she says she's anything but. I have known men to identify as suffering from 'yellow fever'," she said.
It's that kind of fetishisation that perpetuates a stereotype that we're something to be desired. In pornography, most of the actors are white. Denton isn't getting all judgy on you - he just wants you to take a moment this Valentine's Day to consider why you are attracted to some people and not others.