” or, my personal favorite, “Do you find British comedies entertaining?
” Questions are an important part of what makes Ok Cupid work.
In 1968, 73% of US citizens disapproved of the right to marry inter-racially, whereas this figure dropped to 17% by 2007, this illustrating the reduction in discriminatory attitudes towards interracial dating.
Irrespective of this, there still remains the issue of sexual racism in the online dating world, in that preferences appear to follow a racial hierarchy.
Sharing the basic premise, originating from the 'taboo' nature of interracial relations, individuals of other racial groups are classified as forbidden sexual objects; the result of a racial fetish.
This sexualised reductionism is, concurrently, a form of sexual racism.
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?
The questions raised by the preference across the board for whiteness are clearly far too complicated to be fully unpacked in under an hour. On Twitter, for example, I watched several people dismissing the results by making the case that living in the UK, where the vast majority of the population are white, it’s not unusual that white dominates on dating apps.
After all, to cut out potential white partners would be to cut out almost 80 per cent of the people out there.
These numbers reflect different people year-to-year. Together the charts fold in data from some 25 million accounts.