Racist dating website
Ok Cupid's Ok Trends blog detailed the prevalence of racial prejudice on its own service back in 2009.
According to the site's internal stats, white males get the most responses to their messages than any other group, and that white, Asian and Hispanic women reply to non-white men less than a quarter of the time.
‘Yellow fever’ – a phenomenon whereby men (usually white) fetishise Asian women – is terrifyingly common, and in the age of online dating, your exotic dream girl is only a click away. This fetishisation often comes down to problematic stereotypes of Asian women: docile, subservient, sexually submissive but totally down to fuck.However people were more willing to reply to a user of a different race than they were to initiate contact.And right after they did so, for about a week, they were more likely to start a conversation with someone of another race.In the eyes of these men, we assume a monolithic identity.We’re both infantilised and sexualised – an accessory for the white man’s sexual and emotional satisfaction.
A new study of racism in Ok Cupid messaging finds a bit of hope in a sea of largely same-race interactions.