Most of the messages I received, although they were lame and unattractive in nature, were simple enough and were mere introductions.
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In fact, I don’t think anyone even noticed when I changed my race from “black” to “other ethnicity” and then again to “mixed.” I think this can be mainly attributed to the fact that most of these men assumed my ethnicity to be black already.
Ironically, the people who did ask me about my ethnicity were the non-white ones.
I guess my white suitors just assumed I was black based my profile pictures and thought nothing of how I actually identified myself.
When I created my account, I stayed as true to myself as possible.
I included my real interest, my love of gummy bears, and my lack of income. Initially I received over 115 messages, 75 “Meet Me’s” and 30 “Favorite” request.
The overwhelming majority of my “suitors” were white.
I had a handful of Blacks, Hispanics, and Indian men and their ages ranged from 19 to 51.
“I Loves Me Sum Chocolate:” The Perception of the Black Female By: Ogechukwu Uwanaka From the big booty, loud mouth, ghetto-fabulous woman to the overly sexualized, suggestive, and flirtatious female, black women are continuously negatively stereotyped in today’s society; their image being propagated in a deprecating manner and projected in today’s media.
Doing this “experiment” made me realize how real and prevalent these stereotypes are in people’s minds.
It was almost surreal to realize that this is the way that people actually visualized another group of people.
Moreover, the bluntness and candor with which they wrote and articulated these stereotypes was flabbergasting.