One in three people have experienced racial discrimination, unsolicited fetishization or micro-aggression during online dating, according to a survey.
Fetishization is a sexual fascination with a part of someone’s identity that is not inherently sexual, like race.
The most affected were men and women of Métis descent, with 42% saying they had experienced this during online dating.
Among women only, objectification was experienced by 50% of Métis women, 33% of black women and 35% of Asian women.
Only 11% of white women said they had experienced it.
For men, nearly a quarter of each ethnicity covered by the survey – black, mixed race, Chinese, Arab – had undergone unsolicited fetishization.
But the highest for all ethnicities was for Asian men, with 50% agreeing.
The research was based on an online survey of 1,004 UK adults conducted on behalf of the dating app Bumble.
He also revealed that just over half of people do not have a clear understanding of what fetishization is when it comes to identities such as race, body type or occupation.
However, a third of those polled said they had reassessed their approach to race and equality in their relationships.
Bumble said it uses automated backups to detect comments and images of hate speech, symbols and harassment and repeat offenders and be removed from the app.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-16 01:42:00