When dating, the plight of the black woman is like no other. This isn’t intended to diminish the challenges and obstacles of any other race of woman. This is also not written to attack the opposite sex. It’s written to bring awareness, understanding and empathy for a culture of women that has to overcome not only the unfavorable stigma attached to their pigment and the texture of their hair, but also, the negative character portrayal and barrage of stereotypical images of black women in the dating world.
Stereotypes of the Black Woman
To name a few:
- The black woman doesn’t care about her body.
- She doesn’t like her own hair.
- They do not listen to their man.
- The black woman is not marriage material
- Black women have bad attitudes
- Black women have negative attitudes
- They don’t get along with other women
- Black women hate white women
- The women are gold diggers
- She is always angry
- Black women are ghetto and ratchet
- She talks too much
- Black women are bitter and heart-broken
- They are lazy baby-makers
- Black women can’t keep a man
Of course, none of these insidious and damaging characterizations of black women are true. However, it is important for you to realize how these stereotypes (or any stereotype) impact the dating landscape and the overall psyche of a black woman.
Based on a study conducted in the winter of 1999 by Laura Green of Virginia Commonwealth University. Sambo, Jim Crow, The Savage, The Mammy, Aunt Jemima, Sapphire and Jezebel are major causalities that result in stereotypes centered around black people and black women. In addition, the stereotypes of black women go as far back as slavery days and have stalked black people like a specter and/or evolved into modern-day thought.
Negative Polls About Black Women
Black women are beauty personified. However, black women have been degraded since slavery. Even so, by their own men. In video poll conducted by Buzz Feed researchers, called, “Do You Have A Racial Preference…” 2.4 million heterosexual interactions from the app, “Are You Interested.,” were used to determine preference. Users were classified by their gender and race.
The study revealed:
- Black women are the least desirable among all women.
- Black men responded mostly to women of other races, even though black women were 3 times more likely to respond.
- Black women are the least replied-to group.
- Black women are also the most likely to respond when compared against other races of women.
- Black women respond 25% more than other women.
- A similar survey by OkCupid revealed that black women were the least replied-to group.
- 1 out of 2.9 men respond to black women
More on that OkCupid survey
Back in 2009, the basics of race and attraction looked like this:
—non-black men applied a penalty to black women
—while black men showed little racial preference either way
—all women preferred men of their own race
—but they otherwise penalized both Asian and black men
Here’s how the exact person-to-person statistics look: Focus on the Black men rating and then look at the Black women rating.
I gather a few things from these numbers.
- Black men are willing to seek love outside their own race willingly.
- Black women are not as willing to do so.
- Black men rate black women least desirable at -3%
- Black women rate black men, “most” desirable at 16%
Some things never change…
- Black men are still willing to seek love outside their own race willingly.
- Black women are less likely to do so than they were in 2009
- Black men rate black women least desirable at 1%. Which is a slight jump from 2009
- Black women rate black men, “most” desirable at 23%. Which is a 7% jump from 2009.
- Black women are the only race to rate black men, “positively.”
If your own men don’t find you desirable, there’s a huge problem with that. Do black men despise black women? Is this self-hate? I have a few theories on that. First, black men are the primary problem. Black women definitely have to take ownership in other areas, but not this one. Like a mango to an apple or a guava to grape, some black men consider women of other races, “exotic.” Exotic, meaning, “unique features,” Ironically, those same black men have babies by the very black women they consider, “less desirable.” These same black men leave said black woman with a male child that grows up with the same discontent for black women that the father had. It’s a vicious cycle, perpetuated by black men and continues to add to the negative stigma attached to black women.
What Do Black Women Think About Black Men?
Based on the above data, black women love and support black men. Black women were the only race of women to rate black men positively. Yet, black men rate black women as the least desirable. Is this a major causality for black women not getting married? Do their own men not find them attractive? These are questions that numbers alone cannot answer.
Black women are like greyhounds after a mechanical rabbit that received a head start. And the black man is the rabbit they want, that keeps running away. And no matter how fast the greyhound runs, it will never catch that rabbit.
That being said, based on conversations I’ve had with many black women, they adore and love their black men. They are loyal to their black men and prefer not to date outside their own race. The level of attraction just isn’t consistent for other races of men. Some black women would argue that their fellow sisters need to go outside their race to date and open up the possibilities.
If you give me 5 women that agree with that statement, I’ll give you 20 that don’t.
Numbers Do Lie
Or don’t they? I want to make one thing clear before it’s said, these numbers don’t apply to everyone. There is always an exception to each rule. However, the numbers are telling about what some black men feel about their own women. And if I was a man of another culture, and I was looking at these numbers? I’d think to myself, “If the black guys don’t want their own women, why would I?” “What’s wrong with her?” Not that anything is truly wrong, however, perception is reality to most people.
Consequently, when you have a percentage of your own men that do not find you attractive (personality, attitude, character) it leaves you starting the dating process at a deficit. How deflating is that for a black woman? A man will love your physique, but the rest of you, isn’t desirable to them. As a result, you will see some black men labeling and stereotyping their own women in public forums where the world can see. This happens all the time on blogs and social media.
Stay tuned for part 2 of “Dating and the Plight of the Black Woman.”