Every few weeks or so, there is a piece published in some major left-leaning publication denouncing the racism of racial dating “preferences.” The titles are always eerily similar: “‘No Blacks’ Is Not a Sexual Preference. ) More recently, this trend has extended past the realm of race and into conversations around dating and other social categories: “Can Having Genital Preferences for Dating Mean You’re Anti-Trans?” - Though the titles in the latter cases are usually a bit more inquisitive, there remains a not so subtle “you” highlighting to whom the piece is directed.
"People of color who do go on sites and get this attention, they get messages that people are attracted to [them] simply because of their racial features that they view as exotic or something that's different and new — that they can be treated more like objects." Many of the gay men of color who spoke to Mic described how they felt being exoticized or expected to adhere to certain limitations of what their race or ethnicity might entail.What’s the difference between having a “type” and fetishisation?And how does it feel when you’re constantly approached sexually and romantically because of your race? “I have a real thing for Oriental women.” “I’ve always wanted to have sex with an Asian.” “I travelled to Vietnam a few years ago. ” When I was 25, following a major breakup, I dipped my toes into the pool of online dating for the first time.Sexual racism is defined as any form of racial prejudice within dating or any sexual relationship or encounter.The two argued that although many people believe stating they do not date a specific race is just a personal preference, it is actually a form of sexual racism.