Racial preferences in the dating world

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And whether underlying that attraction, or lack thereof, lurks some kind of prejudice?According to Christian Rudder, co-founder of Ok Cupid, the pattern has stayed pretty stable through the boom in online dating, from 2009 to 2014."Ok Cupid users are certainly no more open-minded than they used to be.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: In Australia, dating site RSVP does an annual study to gauge attitudes to dating. It showed while four out of five people said they would date outside our own race, only half actually had. It's a bit more complex than that, according to Denton Callandar from the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.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 "I have a couple of good male friends of mine who joke about it."Emma said there's also a fetishisation of Asian woman that's uncomfortable."You'll have costumes for sale with a very tight, very short cheongsam - which is a Chinese dress complete with hair chopsticks.“I’ve gotten quite a few comments from other black women noting similar experiences to me and the other women I mention in the article on the large sites. As for others, it’s easy to keep yourself in the dark about racism and bias when you are part of the majority, and I seem to have shone a bit of light about this in those spaces.”As Roderique alluded, there are incredibly complex social reasons behind racial preferences and stereotyping in dating. Sofi Papamarko is the founder of Friend of a Friend Matchmaking.Systemic racism continues to oppress and “other” people of colour and interracial romantic relationships were taboo — even illegal — until shamefully recently in our history. Reach her at facebook.com/sofipapamarko The Toronto Star and thestar.com, each property of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, One Yonge Street, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5E 1E6. Please contact us or see our privacy policy for more information.

He surveyed nearly 2,000 men across Australia asking them to rank how attractive or unattractive they found particular racial groups. The least were Asian, Indian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders."That to me represents really compelling evidence that this is not a matter of preference because if this was a matter of preference you would expect a degree of randomness," he said.

So are you racist if you aren’t open to dating everyone?

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?

“I’m open to dating women of all backgrounds,” he tells me.

“Except for black women.”“I’ve just never been attracted to Asian men,” she says. Unfortunately, the vast majority of singles I’ve worked with have clear racial preferences and biases when it comes to dating.

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