Preference or Racist?

by Ycheng on Novembre 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:

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