Racism in dating

07 Jan

The informal experiment led Roderique to a disheartening conclusion: "People aren't as open as perhaps they claim to be." Roderique joined CTV's Your Morning Wednesday, to share the details of her social experiment, which highlighted what she says are some of the underlying realities of the supposedly liberal-minded dating scene in Toronto.

"When you conduct interviews with people, they generally express that they are happy to date outside their race," she said.

We’re both infantilised and sexualised – an accessory for the white man’s sexual and emotional satisfaction.

They see us as a blank page, waiting for them to bring us alive on terms that are anything but our own. Karen, 26, didn’t list her race, or that she could speak Japanese, when she used Ok Cupid “to try and minimise my encounters with weebs”.

Put off and suspicious that her black skin had something to do with it, Roderique slapped her white friend's photo on the same dating profile, and watched as the messages came pouring in.

Then, she tried a photo of herself, digitally altered to make her appear Caucasian, and saw even more messages filling up her inbox.

If you think they’d respond better to pictures, attach a few tumblr and twitter memes to that outgoing message.The exclusion of races dissimilar to one's own is a main feature of sexual racism, however a reluctance to date inter-racially predominantly spans from the discriminatory views often possessed by those in society, as opposed to purely a same-race individual preference.Moreover, this racial discrimination also deviates into the form of the sexual dehumanisation of individuals of other racial identities.“It kinda worked,” she told me, “but in hindsight, it’s really fucked that I have to do so much to keep them away.” Kelly, 26, has been called racist for stating on her profile that she wasn’t interested in contact from those specifically seeking Asian women (WHAT THE???), while Tash, 28, went on a date with someone who “proudly” told her he only dated Asians, and then “got angry and aggressive” when she pulled him up on his objectification.