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In addition to these new notifications, Scruff will no longer show ethnicity by default.
Only members who include data about their own ethnicity will see ethnicity metadata on other profiles.
Furthermore, we value our role in bringing together a diverse and caring group of men who are ultimately seeking community and love.
The time has come for us to take a moment, shine a light on the consequences of racial words, and encourage a broader conversation.
Ageism is a problem in our community, as are body- and slut-shaming, and discrimination based on HIV status.
Discrimination is also a global phenomenon, not just confined to the U. In the coming quarters, we plan on taking steps to expand our knowledge of LGBTQ discrimination and mores globally.
“Stereotypical images of masculinity and femininity shape dating choices and continue to be perpetuated in the mass media,” says Feliciano, sociology and Chicano/Latino studies assistant professor.
“The hyper-feminine image of Asian American women contrasts greatly with that of Asian men, who are often portrayed as asexual.” In comparison, the image of the strong African American woman is at odds with idealized notions of submissive and frail women.
People who never would have genuinely considered race as a factor in employment, friendships, neighbors, or other areas are now being asked to question the racial components of their sexual and dating preferences.
Ethnicity was one of about a dozen such fields that constituted a complete profile. As of our latest release, Scruff has started sending in-app messaging to profiles in the United States with racial language in their descriptions.
At no time was a statement of ethnicity ever required to use Scruff. The messaging looks like this: We hope to increase the awareness of and conversation about issues of race and discrimination on our app and in the community at large.
White men preferred Asian and Latino dating partners to African Americans; white women were more likely to exclude Asian men.
According to Feliciano, negative portrayals of African American women and Asian men in popular culture could contribute to these preferences.