And that goes beyond just dating

Dating based on race

Denton isn't getting all judgy on you - he just wants you to take a moment this Valentine's Day to consider why you are attracted to some people and not others. Years of crass jokes about Asian men and tasteless pop culture portrayals of them have followed. While we hope to help daters look beyond appearance and connect on a deeper level, there is an evident trend showing that race is a factor for many individuals, and in a consistent way. The biases shown in this data tell us about how individuals in our society factor in race when interacting with other individuals. The models who represent beauty are almost exclusively white, both male and female.

Unfortunately the data reveal winners and losers. Namely, they tell us what we value.

While the data focused on straight users, Jason says he could relate. All non-black men penalized black women. Similarly, Asian men fell at the bottom of the preference list for most women. Racism in dating preferences is a legitimate problem. One interesting thing is to compare what you see above with what those same users have told us about their racial attitudes.

Asian men today are often depicted as less masculine and less desirable than white men. After growing up in the mostly white town of Fort Collins, Colo.

Asian men today are often

The answer has to do with both our Eurocentric beauty standards and a long, historical campaign of othering and debasing minorities for their appearance. And both black men and black women got the lowest response rates for their respective genders. Here is a quick article detailing the different forms that racism can take. Calling someone out for any form of racism is a remarkably quick way to see tempers flare.

After growing up

While this data is specific to daters, it is in line with trends within our society as a whole. One explanation is that we naively think that imposing rules on firms only hurts those abstract entities, not the people associated with them.

It's that kind of fetishisation that perpetuates a stereotype that we're something to be desired. By and large, the majority of people view racism as violent or pointedly malicious acts, like calling someone the N-word or supporting Jim Crow laws. This article folds in person-to-person interactions, what one individual human being thinks of another. He credits part of his success with making bold statements about his values in his profile.

Firms are full of people, including employees, customers, suppliers, and investors, any of which might care about the race of folks they must deal, mingle, associate, etc. Of course its racism, if anything is. The obvious reason to allow mate racism is that people better enjoy mating when they better like their mates, and people think they care about the race of their mates.