Male non-black users "applied a penalty to black women." A follow-up study in 2014 indicated that users had become no more-open minded than they used to be; if anything the racial bias had intensified. what are we really talking about when we talk about racial bias in online dating?We're talking about the conflation of race with tired tropes about masculinity, femininity, class, and real people reduced to exotic caricatures. " that encourages and excuses our implicit and explicit biases.We're talking about perceptual junk that gets in the way of seeing another person as an individual worthy of the same respect we would hope others would give us.
In each case, the stereotypes being perceived are never about the individual, but a projected expectation based on media portrayals and other falsehoods.From Puccini's Madama Butterfly to Miley's cornrows, pop culture's worship of the exotic is as ubiquitous as it is downright creepy. I like clear, direct communication.) "I like pretty Chinese women." (Sorry, buddy...As an Asian woman, I can spot the Asian hunters miles away. I'm not Chinese, either.) The comedian Jenny Yang has a brilliant sketch about "Yellow Fever" that lets me know I'm not alone.Long before "White Privilege" was a Macklemore song, it was (and continues to be) a social reality with tendrils extending into virtually all facets of our society.Some of its manifestations are a matter of life and death; others are subtle annoyances known as "microaggressions" which can build up and contribute to a general sense of not feeling safe or comfortable in a world that was never designed with us in mind.
As good as it might feel for those with white privilege to pretend we live in a "post-racial" society, one has only to give most dating sites the most cursory of glances to shut down this notion altogether.The biases and snap judgments that permeate our society are amplified through technology, and the swipe-to-reject models of popular dating sites can be utterly frustrating for people of color, because judgments based on photos are highly susceptible to the stereotypes and implicit biases that come into play when viewing photos of strangers.One response to the micro-aggressions experienced on swipe-to-reject dating apps is the proliferation of racially-specific apps like Black People Meet, Asian People Meet, Latino People Meet, Native American Dating (and just to keep things driven-snow-pure, Where White People Meet).While these sites can seem to offer safe spaces for people looking to exclusively date people with shared cultural identities, the need for separate, race-siloed spaces to feel safe strikes me as outdated.And yet, can you really blame marginalized people for seeking out safety and comfort?In 2009, Ok Cupid released a "Race Report." According to their heteronormative data, women using their site "penalized" (their word) Asian and black men.