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"I feel like there is room, honestly, to say, 'I have a preference for somebody who looks like this.' And if that person happens to be of a certain race, it's hard to blame somebody for that," Curtis says."But on the other hand, you have to wonder: If racism weren't so ingrained in our culture, would they have those preferences?Rudder wrote that user data showed that most men on the site rated black women as less attractive than women of other races and ethnicities.Similarly, Asian men fell at the bottom of the preference list for most women. "It was like an unfulfilled validation, if that makes sense.
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" Jason says he faced it and thought about it quite a bit.
So he wasn't surprised when he read a blog post from Ok Cupid co-founder Christian Rudder in 2014 about race and attraction.
Other dating experts have pointed to such stereotypes and lack of multiracial representation in the media as part of the likely reason that plenty of online daters have had discouraging experiences based on their race.
Melissa Hobley, Ok Cupid's chief marketing officer, says the site has learned from social scientists about other reasons that people's dating preferences come off as racist, including the fact that they often reflect IRL — in real life — norms.