Race and dating violence
The way we identify and sexualise our bodies is constantly evolving, whether this is a violent process or not is subjective.Although many people assume that they will never have to face being in an abusive relationship, one in three teen relationships involves violence.Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture.Is this selection process of race just reflecting ones own sexual desire transforming race into a new kind of fetish, or is it just a form of racism made available and acceptable through the virtual space?In the video above, Buzz Feed has documented the reaction of people of differing races to this reception of race in online dating.As such, this may indicate that as a society we are becoming more accepting of racial diversity by fetishizing race and associating it with sexual attraction.
Selecting a partner to have sex with just because they fulfil the racial, sexual desire of the other, race is being established as a sexualised fantasy.
The authors determine if the associations between family violence (corporal punishment, violence against the child with the intention of harm, and witnessing violence between parents) and adolescent dating violence vary by subgroups based on race, socioeconomic status, and family structure.
This study is guided by the theoretical propositions of Rowe, Vazsonyi, and Flannery (1994) related to examining subgroup differences and similarities in developmental processes.
Many would consider this to be racism because I actively ignored that person due to their race.
Now, if you relocate this scenario onto a virtual space where I block a black person on grindr because I do not find black people attractive, many would regard this as just sexual preference, not racism.