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When Rhonda Lynn Way was in her 50s and on the dating scene for the first time since she was 21, she had no idea where to start.

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This result is somewhat reminiscent of the famous study done by Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan, which found that employers who place want were less likely to respond to s from people with African-American sounding names. Black people who are going to a site like OKcupid are generally black people who, with some exceptions, are open to interracial dating.

Stormfront excluded, there aren't many "WhiteSingles" websites or "EliteIvory" dating sites.

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It looks shocking when you compare it to black people on the site. That's because all the black men who don't want to date white women are on the African American Dating Network or Blacksinglesconnection.

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Or rather, they write them back far less often than they should. They go to soulsingles. It seems that OkCupid doesn't match couples where the match would be inconsistent with an explicit racial preference of a user. In many cases, their response rate is one and a half times the average, and, overall, black women reply about a quarter more often that other women.

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So these racial disparities persist even after excluding users who have stated an explicit racial preference Ayres finds this depressing, and laments that black women have "an uphill battle. There's been a lot of talk over the past few months over the dating prospects for black women.

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But these tales of black female woe are becoming grating, not because black women don't have their share of struggle, but because of the lack of agency runs that through them all, this sense that black women, are there to be acted upon, to wait by the phone.

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And, evidently, we've learned nothing. Whether it's due to talkativeness, loneliness, or a sense of plain decency, black women are by far the most likely to respond to a first contact attempt. Or if they're truly high post, they go to EliteNoire. I don't write this to be dismissive of the struggles black women face on the dating scene, or all women, for that matter.

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So the game is rigged--on OKcupid you have many white men who have no interest in dating black women, but very few black men with no interest in dating white women. There simply is no real white corollary.

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But it's also an unfair comparison because, again, most of the black people opposed to interracial dating aren't on OKCupid. The Atlantic Crossword. Besides the occasional dip, I've tried to stay clear as I think this is the kind of conversation where there's a lot of condemnation and very little exploration. Men don't write black women back.

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Dig the sensuous piano riffs and candelabra. But in some ways the OkCupid result is even more depressing than the racial disparities found in employment.

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There's a lot of data and conclusions up there, but for our purposes, I want to focus on the conclusions about black women:. But the same isn't true of white people on OKcupid. The remnants of white supremacy are not just economic, they are cultural. Look, I deeply suspect that, on a national level, there are an unfortunate of people who think black women are less attractive then women of other races.

One instance of claimed exploration is this study done back in October by the dating site OKCupid in which they mined their data to see how race and gender affected your chances at the site.

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Black women reply the most, yet get by far the fewest replies. At the Times' Freakonomics blog, Ian Ayres looked at the data and offered his observations:. In Subscribe. I also think that's less true today then it was twenty years ago.

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Note that there is Jdatethough. This has other implications for white people. One ificant problem is that, as any black person will tell you, when black folks date online they don't go to OKcupid. They go to blacksingles. We've been here before.

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But that said, I think that people passing this data around need to be really careful about using this study to draw inferences about the dating world of black women. OKCupid reports a relatively high rate of white people who don't want to date interracially. Essentially every race--including other blacks--singles them out for the cold shoulder. There's almost an objectifying quality to the whole discussion.