Long before "White Privilege" was a Macklemore song, it was (and continues to be) a social reality with tendrils extending into virtually all facets of our society.Some of its manifestations are a matter of life and death; others are subtle annoyances known as "microaggressions" which can build up and contribute to a general sense of not feeling safe or comfortable in a world that was never designed with us in mind.Making meaningful connections starts with seeing people as individuals, not "exceptions" to outdated stereotypes.At SIREN, there are no exceptions, just exceptional human beings.As good as it might feel for those with white privilege to pretend we live in a "post-racial" society, one has only to give most dating sites the most cursory of glances to shut down this notion altogether. However, have you ever taken an Implicit Association Test for racial bias? You might find the results surprising.) One response to the micro-aggressions experienced on swipe-to-reject dating apps is the proliferation of racially-specific apps like Black People Meet, Asian People Meet, Latino People Meet, Native American Dating (and just to keep things driven-snow-pure, Where White People Meet).
What I learned from carrying out an interview of a female and the interview of a male trying to dig into this intriguing subject was that using the Internet for dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons.Male non-black users "applied a penalty to black women." A follow-up study in 2014 indicated that users had become no more-open minded than they used to be; if anything the racial bias had intensified. what are we really talking about when we talk about racial bias in online dating?We're talking about the conflation of race with tired tropes about masculinity, femininity, class, and real people reduced to exotic caricatures. " that encourages and excuses our implicit and explicit biases.By the time of this interview, she had already given up and moved on, finally discovering her future husband while visiting old friends at her alma mater. Ryan (RD): What year did you sign up with an online dating website and how long did you keep your account? RD: What were the majority of messages that you received from guys like? I got some commenting on my picture telling me how “hot” I was…how “good” I looked.Anonymous Woman (AW): I can’t remember the exact year I signed up… Actually, now that I think about it, that was how most of the messages I got started.
We're talking about perceptual junk that gets in the way of seeing another person as an individual worthy of the same respect we would hope others would give us. There are few things unsexier than being told that you must not a valid ethnic person because you don't know how to do the thing that white people saw someone do in that one TV show. Microaggressions are real, and it's no one's job to pretend you're not a clueless boob when you persist in acting like one.) Race Devaluation I wish this wasn't even a thing to have to talk about, but race devaluation is the ugly, ugly flipside of race fetishization.