is closely associated with generic racist attitudes, which challenges the idea of racial attraction as solely a matter of personal preference.” As part of their research, Callander and his colleagues created a new eight-question survey to determine men’s attitudes toward racial preferences on online dating apps like Grindr.Respondents were asked whether or not they agreed with statements like “People who indicate a racial preference in their profile are not trying to offend anyone,” and “As long as people are polite about it, I see no problem in indicating a racial preference on my profile.” Remaining “neutral” was also an option.
Those who deploy these disclaimers defend themselves from accusations of “racism” by claiming that they merely have “preferences” for certain races over others. There is a reason, they insist, that men of color are most often pushed to the sexual wayside. Debates around “sexual racism,” as researchers have labeled it, are particularly heated within the gay community, although it is certainly a source of controversy in heterosexual circles as well.Wrote one gay blogger, “Don’t tell me I can’t have a preference! It is also an argument that could soon be settled by emerging sociological research.Russell first came up with the idea five months ago, while spending a sick day home from work.He and Jodie, his wife of four years, were fascinated by the commercials for dating websites such as “Black People Meet,” “Farmers Only,” “Christian Mingle,” and "LDS (Latter Day Saints) Singles" on daytime television.Sexual racism, it turns out, is probably just plain old racism disguised in the language of desire.“While it may feel like our desires are our own, in reality they are influenced heavily by social norms,” explained Callander.