Race and dating online

It sounds as if she’s condemning other people for their sexual preferences in that respect.

There are many comments to make about this, but let’s start with this one: apparently, there’s something of a no-win situation being erected from the get go.

As Jenny puts it we “fetishize Asian women while devaluing blacks”.

Now tone doesn’t come across well through text-based communications at time, but neither “fetishize” nor “devalue” sound as if they have a particularly positive connotation to me.

To give you a sense for the data (and so you don’t have to click back and forth between links), here’s the breakdown of the response rates for people who are interested. When it comes to the highest positive response rate, most women, regardless of their race, appear to favor white men, whereas most men, again, regardless of their race, tend to favor Asian women.

In terms of the lowest response rate, women appeared to shun black men, whereas men tended to shun black women. Jenny, using what I can only assume is that same “high-powered sociological lens” I’ve encountered before, concludes that this clearly demonstrates that race matters, and serves to counter accusations that we are living in a color-blind, post-racial world.

In her article, Jenny discusses some data released from a Facebook-based dating app that figures out which people are interested in which other people on some sexual or romantic level.

Most men, if you polled them, would overwhelming respond to women on dating websites, and not other men; women would likely do the reserve.

This does not mean, however, that men (or women) “devalue” other men (or women).

In fact, she doesn’t seem to offer any explanation whatsoever for these patterns of responses.

If I had to, I would guess that her explanation, if simplified somewhat, would reduce to “racism did it”, but it’s hard to tell.

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As one of my colleagues recently posed the question, “” The issue of discrimination is one I’ve discussed before, considering why discrimination on the basis of standardized test scores is deemed to be appropriate, whereas discrimination of the basis of obesity is often not.

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  1. For the record, I am a single, Reform Jew who grew up in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Pittsburgh and currently lives in Washington, D. I’m probably slightly more religious than the Jewish men Purcell described her boyfriends to be (I fast on Yom Kippur).