Asian men, black men and black women got the worst ratings, while Asian women and Latina women fared the best.Here's the chart of users' preferences from 2009: And here's the chart from 2014: As you can see, the biases stayed pretty consistent between 20. The results here are pretty much the same as data taken from other dating sites.In a somewhat similar vein, one of Ok Cupid’s questions reads as follows: “Would you strongly prefer to go out with someone of your own skin color/racial background?” I was struck by the not inconsiderable number of people who answered “yes”—including some people I know “in real life,” many of whom are hilariously self-righteous about their enlightened political views.But online, with my attempt to find both men and women, my sexuality became fair game."Contact" on online dating websites is not always a glorious act of crossing the interracial divide.Let's think past the statistics and focus on the narratives. The ad that did not specify my race drew a small number of responses, all from educated white men.It's not that fetishization doesn't happen offline, or that all interracial interactions on Ok Cupid are automatically based on it.
My Anglo features may be why I often get a pass from being treated like a fetish. : "I’ve heard several men say that they want to sleep with a black girl just to 'have' her. Sleep with an Arab girl because it feels dirty and forbidden.And no, preferring to date someone of a particular race isn't in itself racist."Beauty is a cultural idea as much as a physical one, and the standard is of course set by the dominant culture," Rudder writes.A few weeks ago, Ok Cupid, the popular “freemium” dating service, started offering its paid subscribers a very cool new tool.Rather than just sort through potential dates by using familiar filters like age and height, you could use the answers Ok Cupid members gave to various questions, such as “Do you like to watch sports on television?that many Ok Cupid users still stick to approaching people of their own race.And if Person A is approached by Person B, who is a of a different racial group, Person A is more likely to later on approach someone of Person B's racial group.Though these algorithms can be cleverly gamed, the basic idea that answering questions honestly will allow you to find people who share your sensibilities, goals, and quirks makes intuitive sense.For example, OKCupid asked, “Would you date someone shorter than you?Rudder looked at millions of OKCupid interactions between 20, involving more than 25 million people, and charted out the racial and gender preferences he found.To do this, he studied how people rated potential dates in Quick Match, a feature that shows you profiles one at a time and asks you to rate them on a scale of one to five or skip them.