By Asia Grace. February 19, am Updated February 21, am. The authors of a new book are arguing for race-blind dating apps — and the removal of filters for race and ethnicity.

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Dating apps and websites have become the most popular way Americans meet new people and the only way to do so during the pandemic. Yet, for many Black Americans, these apps never fulfill their promises. Despite hours of scrolling, clicking, swiping, or answering personality questions, they often find that they are as isolated on these apps as they were in a bar or at a party. The only difference is that they now have to serve their own drink. The green dot on the screen indicates that they are online, but their profiles appear invisible to everyone else.

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One writer explores how ethnic filters on dating apps have become revolutionary for some women of colour who feel vulnerable online.

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The dating world is complex in your mid-twenties. I personally enjoy meeting potential partners in real life rather than on dating apps.

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But I found out about a function that revolutionised my online dating experience — Hinge allows users to specify their preference in ethnicity and race. After filtering my choices, I was pleasantly surprised ukrainian girls for dating how many Black men I saw as I scrolled through after it had been so hard to find them before.

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I liked being able to see people who looked like me and it made the whole experience more comfortable. I eventually went on a date with one man and reconnected with someone else I met years ago who I ultimately started seeing. Tomi, ladies seeking sex steilacoom year-old Black woman from Hertfordshire, grew up in predominantly white areas and explains that her experience of dating has been influenced by this kind of doubt.

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Research from Facebook dating app, Are You Interestedfound that Black women responded most highly to Black men, while men of all races responded the least frequently to Black women. I fear being fetishised.

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This dynamic that Kayla experienced is birthed from a problematic stereotype usually connected to sex. Black women are frequently hypersexualised.

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Ironically, this is a downside of having ethnicity filters casual but discreet hookup apps as it allows people who have a racial fetish to easily seek out ethnic minority women whilst dating online. As a feminist, my priority when dating is finding out where whoever I connect with stands on issues that affect women. But for my fellow Black women who do want to date online, they should be able to do this while feeling safe interacting with whoever they match with.

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