Racism on gay dating sites
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User’s profiles are notorious for featuring laundry lists of turn-offs (“No blacks, fats, femmes, or asians!!! unsolicited-dick-pic app will launch its first anti-bullying initiative this month, called, appropriately enough, Kindr.
” “Sorry, not into blacks” and “Not big enough” are a choice few) and a few turn-ons (“Looking for an Equinox gym partner”). The specifics around Kindr are still opaque but Landen Zumwalt, head of communications at Grindr, promises a concerted effort to better police the app’s rampant racism and harmful behavior.
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It’s survival of the fittest—heavy emphasis on “fittest” —and the men who look like Gus Kenworthy/Colton Haynes/Matt Bomer are usually the ones at the top (or bottom, depending on their preference). I’m tired of it, my gay friends are tired of it, and even people who work at Grindr are tired of it. How users are reported and dealt with will become stronger, Zumwalt promised, and PSA campaigns featuring well-known LGBTQ figures, like recent contestant The Vixen, will run in-app to accompany the rollout.
The Vixen inadvertently became a powerful voice for drag queens of color when she spoke out against the unfair treatment she was receiving on the show.
“These apps us to have more and more surface level connections because then we will keep coming back,” Fager says. Their business feeds on newness and shallowness.”The pop-up ads on Grindr prove Fager’s point.
The app and its advertisers consciously exploit our love for unattainable (or shall we say, very timely and costly) bodies.