Race and dating online
Most men, if you polled them, would overwhelming respond to women on dating websites, and not other men; women would likely do the reserve.
This does not mean, however, that men (or women) “devalue” other men (or women).
It sounds as if she’s condemning other people for their sexual preferences in that respect.
There are many comments to make about this, but let’s start with this one: apparently, there’s something of a no-win situation being erected from the get go.
This is something that I imagine Jenny understands, but it likely slipped her mind in the midst of trying to make a point.
There are few examples to consider, but the first is by far the simplest.
By that, I mean that Jenny offers no potential alternative explanations through which we might understand the data.
Now I happen to think that race likely does matter to some extent when it comes to dating preferences, but the degree of that extent is anyone’s guess.
To see why I would say this only requires that one understands a very basic statistical concept: correlation does not equal causation.
This brings us to the second issue: mating decisions are often complex.
There are dozens of potential variables that people assess when choosing a mate—such as how much money they have, how much they weigh, how tall they are, their age, their relatedness to us, etc.—and the importance of these qualities also varies somewhat depending on the nature of the relationship (whether it is more short- or long-term, for instance).
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In fact, she doesn’t seem to offer any explanation whatsoever for these patterns of responses.