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People are weird about race in the dating world, though, and despite wanting to come off as progressive and open-minded, many dating app users still have racial biases.
In 2009, showed that women of all races overwhelmingly wanted to date people of their own race, while non-black men didn't want to date black women and non-Asian women weren't interested in dating Asian men.
Regardless of gender, according to the book, whites are most preferred, while blacks are least preferred. Toss gender into the quotient, and the facts get even more uncomfortable: Asian men, black women, and black and Latino men are considered the least desirable in the dating market, but Asian and Latina women are seen as the most desirable—perhaps because of fetishization, Rudder suggested.
But Rudder's theory does not include a key, growing part of the American population: individuals who identify as multiracial.
When OKCupid crunched the numbers again in 2014, not much had changed: Though more people said they were , writer Anthony Berteaux wrote that many Grindr profiles in his area featured derogatory terms about race — for instance, referring to men of Indian or East Asian descent as "curry" and "rice." That type of racial fetishization applied doubly to people who identified as multiracial.