Fuck on chat - Discrimination on dating sites

In her article, Jenny discusses some data released from a Facebook-based dating app that figures out which people are interested in which other people on some sexual or romantic level.The data is labeled “unfortunate” in some respects, because there appear to be winners and losers, and those winners and losers seem to break down along racial lines.

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There are many comments to make about this, but let’s start with this one: apparently, there’s something of a no-win situation being erected from the get go.

When one group is preferred, it’s a “fetish”, whereas when they’re not preferred, they’re “devalued”.

So let’s turn our attention towards discrimination in the sexual realm today.

A recent post by Jenny Davis over at the Pacific Standard suggests that “Online dating shows us the cold, hard facts about race in America“.

Now tone doesn’t come across well through text-based communications at time, but neither “fetishize” nor “devalue” sound as if they have a particularly positive connotation to me.

It sounds as if she’s condemning other people for their sexual preferences in that respect.

If I were to state that, “I have no interest in hiring a black person to do this job”, I would receive more than a little condemnation for that view.

If I were to state instead that, “I have have no interesting in dating a black woman”, I would likely still receive some condemnation, but probably less than for the first statement.

By that, I mean that Jenny offers no potential alternative explanations through which we might understand the data.

In fact, she doesn’t seem to offer any explanation whatsoever for these patterns of responses.

Well, sort of, anyway; if she were being consistent (and who is?

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