Discrimination on dating sites
Generally, most users on OKC — and by extension, other sites — “swipe left” on black women and Asian men the most.
That data matches Tinder’s data exactly.’s findings, Jack Linshi explained OKC’s 1 to 5 scale and how different racial groups of women rated Asian men.
(It’s important to note that these subjects are dense enough to fill whole libraries, so further reading elsewhere is encouraged.) European colonists who orchestrated the African slave trade created caricatures, such as the Jezebel and the Sapphire, in order to further dehumanize and stereotype black women.
Because of their strength and enslavement, black slaves were paradoxically fetishized by white masters who were both abhorred and allured by black women and their sexuality.
Black women and Asian men make up two demographics that have been long stigmatized as not-ideal sexual and romantic partners. It’s that the app compiles data on the quick preferences, and prejudices, of millions around the world, exposing an uncomfortable and racist reality.
By distilling dates down to a profile picture and a swipe, Tinder encourages users to act on their knee-jerk reactions, and that lightning fast process lights up corners of our minds we haven’t fully grappled with as a society.
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“The fact that black women face struggles with perception every day can often mean that the constant fight seems normal,” writes Ferguson.
“It became clear that these women were resigned to their fate.