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2009-09-29
Your Race Affects Whether People Write You Back

Once again the interpretations are infuriating (sexual preference = racism), but the numbers are interesting.
  • Does this mean I'm sexist if I don't respond to guys that want to ask me out on a date?
  • Well, I exclusively date out of my race LOL.



  • well, um, not to stir up a whole can of worms here, but who is to say that sexual preference *isn't* racism? Or at least a whole lot like it, in many ways...

    Lets see here:

    Property 1: Based on logic in any way?
    Sexual preferences: Nope.
    Racist preferences: Nope.

    Property 2: Influenced by upbringing, societal programming, and other factors not under the individuals control?
    Sexual preferences: Pretty darned likely.
    Racist Preferences: Yep.

    Property 3: Can be overcome by analytical thinking, therapy (talk,exposure, etc)
    Racist Preferences: It happens occasionally.
    Sexual preferences: Fat chance.
    (Hmm. could sexual preference be *worse* than racism?)

    Just some food for thought here, don't jump to any deep conclusions.
    • I'm assuming that the percentage of people who would not respond to the most attractive person of the gender of their sexual preference on the planet , of any race, are statistically insignificant. I guess I need to think about that more, since it might invalidate the rest of this comment.

      Definitions by which sexual preference can be considered racism:

      Racism:
      1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
      No.
      2 : racial prejudice or discrimination

      Prejudice:
      2 a (1) : preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge b : an instance of such judgment or opinion c : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics
      No.

      Descrimination:
      1 a : the act of discriminating b : the process by which two stimuli differing in some aspect are responded to differently
      Yes.
      3 a : the act, practice, or an instance of discriminating categorically rather than individually b : prejudiced or prejudicial outlook, action, or treatment
      No.

      So the only set of definitions for which sexual preference which varies statistically significantly by race qualifies as racism is the one comparing two individual stimuli - two individual people. And I would say the definitions involving entire categories of people (races) are the ones that are generally intended with the use of the word "racism".

      Your use of the word "worse" is interesting. I feel very strongly that sexual preferences, as all feelings, cannot be bad, only the actions one takes based on them.

      Definitions from m-w.com.
  • The reply also might also correlate more to the readers reaction to the content of the message rather than their bias towards the race of the sender. I read many resumes, and the first thing I sort for is can the person write a sentence in English.
    • Yeah, in previous posts they showed that poor English was a good way to get no response. And I've wondered what the correlation is between poor English and race.
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