Preference or Racist?

by Ycheng on November 14, 2016 - 7:15am

In Denton Callander, Christy E. Newman and Martin Holt’s (2015) study talks about the sexual racism on social media in the LGBT community but more precisely at men that identify as gay or bisexual. They check if there was any correlation between the attitude towards sexual preference, multiculturalism, sexual racism, ethnicity, education degree and sexual identity. It was mentioned in the article that people who had a preference towards certain ethnicity or a “no dating rule” towards a certain ethnicity is considered as sexual racism. To test this theory out, they set out a survey in Australia where they ask participants to come and answer a few questions with a scaling system relating to their preference in a partner. Also a few other questions relating their attitude towards multiculturalism and their view on sexual racism. Turns out, their study shows people are aware of the presence of sexual racism but most of them are unbothered by such presence. Mainly because the majority of their sample size is White, the researchers has said that participant that white wasn’t as fond of the idea of multiculturalism and thought that sexual racism wasn’t a big issue, also it didn’t affect them per say. It was also mentioned in the research that some participant felt uncomfortable while finding a partner on the sites because of racial discrimination, such as “I won’t date (insert an ethnicity)”. In fact, those who was the most uncomfortable about sexual racism was people who are considered as minorities. However, more than half of the participant were fine on having inclusive, such as mentioning what they like, was accepted. From the surveys, people who tend to accept multiculturalism are less happy with sexual racism. In the article, they mentioned that because they were pro multiculturalism means the participant like diversity, which also means if someone say they don’t a certain ethnicity, they might know someone from that ethnicity and thinks it’s a horrible idea. Furthermore, it is mention in the text, people who are less positive about sexual racism are ashamed because they might be doing it and don’t want to be labeled as racist.

I think this article was insightful, it had countless proven statistics to back up their arguments. It had a good sample size, very clear reasoning. It even had an argument from another point of view. However, in the article, I realized there was a sense of defensive while explaining that it was mostly people that are considered as white who were less positively for sexual racism and multiculturalism. They provided 2 to 4 examples giving circumstances that remind us not all “white people” are like that. But shortly afterwards they group Asian people as being the less positively multiculturalism and Indian experience more sexual racism with lack of information. However, I might just a little too close to the subject since I considered myself as Asian, I expect that we get the same development while giving information. This has been a very interesting article that makes you think of your past relationship. Was I being “racist” without knowing, were you?




Callander, D., Newman, C. E., & Holt, M. (2015). Is sexual racism really racism? distinguishing attitudes toward sexual racism and generic racism among gay and bisexual men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(7), 1991-2000. doi:


To begin with, I think that I was drawn to this post because of the title. It was short and concise and it mentioned racism. Since my class is studying the reality of racism, I figured that it would be interesting to see how the post would unfold. I think that it is really insightful to think about how something that is so common to hear: “It’s not racist, it’s just my preference”, can be debated. I have often heard from my friends that they would not date a certain “race” because it does not fit into their ideal type. However, I think that this prejudice is based on racist stereotypes rather than what people try to pass off as preference. When you spoke about how someone would rule out dating an ethnicity because they know someone of said ethnicity, it reminds me of when we spoke about the generalization of a people based on their “race”. Simply being categorized as a certain “race” does not mean that everyone in that “race” is exactly the same in both personality and appearance. It is also interesting to note that people from visible minorities are the ones that are the most affected and enraged by the sexual racism. This meaning that the majority “race” group is not directly affected as much as their minority counterparts and thus, they do not notice the effects. Overall, I agree with your opinion on this subject.

When I first saw the title I automatically knew the article was going to address the issue of sexual preference (discrimination among partners). I think the issue is pretty interesting, and definitely something we should discuss. Actually, the post made me think about an issue that I had not considered before which is that “discrimination among partners” is more a question of sexual racism than simply a personal preference. To be honest, I had always seen this issue as only a matter of personal preference, and the article really made me look at it from a different angle. In fact, I found really interesting to learn that according to the study made in Australia (Callander, D., Newman, C.E. & Holt, 2015), almost every factors associated with men’s racist attitudes were related to their attitudes toward sexual racism. I think it shows very well how racism is still a part of our society, but simply in a more subtle way. In fact, when you said that those “preferences" are just like sexual racism, it made me think of the concept of “new racism” which is also known as “modern racism”. The new racism is a more subtle racism which is implicit, and often found in text messages, talks, or job interviews for example. In this case, it fits very well with the issue since sexual racism is really implicit. I think a lot of people also think that it is simply a question of preference since a lot of guys will talk about it very openly. After all, the way this post was clearly presenting the issue made me want to learn more, and read the original post.

This post gained my attention due to the title as well as the topic. The title was concise allowing me to evaluate the topic before even clicking on the post. While reading this post none of the data surprised me. The finding that people of ethnic minorities were more open to multiculturalism than most white individuals was and outcome I would have predicted. I would have also guessed that white individuals tend to be less bothered by sexual racism than minorities. I grew up in a predominately white town with a small population of minorities. After hearing what my peers had to say about their racial preferences it was clear to me that minorities are often a subject to sexual racism especially black women. I would often hear things such as “she is pretty for a black girl” (which assumes that black women are usually unattractive) or “I would never date a black girl.” One of the most disturbing things I have heard my peers state in more than one instance is the phrase “white is right.”. The general attitude towards black women that I have seen in my town is extremely discriminatory and in my opinion is racist rather than preference.

I found this post interesting because it's a topic not many people touch on. I wouldn't call it racism if the person just prefers a specific ethnicity. It depends on the reasons why a person prefers a certain ethnicity's over others. I know many Hispanic girls who prefer Latino guys mainly because it's a person they can relate to culturally and have similar upbringings and families. If a person chooses not to be with another person because of their ethnicity, as in they hate that specific ethnicity and they couldn't even consider being friends with someone with that specific ethnicity and makes remarks and act on it, then that's racist. It's different when it comes to the type of person you are attracted to. You can be friends with a black person and at the same time time not be attracted to him or her in that way and it wouldn't be racist. If you like peanut butter and aren't a fan of chocolate, is that racist? no it's just what attracts you, what you prefer.

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