We all have our dating preferences. Everyone has a “type”. Which is actually a good thing. Think about it. If you fancied every man or woman you met, how would you be able to get into a relationship and remain faithful? And if we all had the same “type”, we would all be pursuing the same minority of people. So the fact that we all have preferences, is actually pretty great.
Yet for some reason, sometimes if you express a dating preference… people fly off the handle. One of these is transgender vlogger Riley J. Dennis.
In response, firstly, let’s take a look at what discrimination actually means:
Is it really “unjust” or “prejudicial” treatment if I don’t want to date someone? They may be disappointed initially, but ultimately that’s my choice, and you can’t control who you’re attracted to. Also, how arrogant would you have to be to think that if you don’t fancy someone their experience is equivalent to say, the victim of a hate crime? But anyway, let’s go through her points one by one.
Your race doesn’t define who you are as a person, and shouldn’t matter when it comes to friendship or employment. But when it comes to attraction, race is one of the main things you notice when you look at someone, so it kind of does matter. I wouldn’t personally have an issue dating a black guy, but I know other people who aren’t racist, and have nothing against black people… but just don’t find them attractive. I know others who are exclusively attracted to black people. There’s a big difference between simply finding one race more attractive than another, and wanting to bring back Apartheid.
This is a tricky one, as as much as I respect that gender dysphoria is a legitimate thing, I think I’d find it hard to be attracted to a trans person. I like masculine men and if I had to date a women, I’d date feminine women, so if someone was somewhere in between biologically I don’t think I could be attracted to them (although never say never). Again, I have nothing against transgender people, I’m just not sure I’d date one (however there are certainly people out there who would). Riley says genitals don’t matter. Again, for friendship, they don’t. But if you have to have sex with them, it kind of does matter, because it affects what kind of sex you can have. People are more than their genitals, but for a sexual partner, they’re an important part.
I’m not sure why weight is included in the same video as race, gender and disability, as weight can easily be lost, but you can’t, for example, switch from black to white. But either way, weight matters when it comes to attraction. In the video, Riley says “If you find someone attractive and really enjoy spending time with them, there’s no reason why their weight should be a factor”. But that’s the key: finding someone attractive. Weight is one of the major things we notice when we look at someone, so saying it doesn’t play a part in whether you find someone attractive is ridiculous. Some people may not be attracted to fat people, but others have a preference for bigger people. Either way, it’s just personal taste.
Disabilities come in a broad range. Some disabilities you wouldn’t even notice, others are very obvious, and therefore may or may not affect your attraction towards them. Again, that’s not to say people have anything against those people, they just may not find them attractive. Another thing to bear in mind is that some disabilities require a lot of care and looking after, which not everyone has the ability or is willing to do.
So in conclusion, instead of being criticized, we should embrace our dating preferences, as otherwise the dating market would collapse. A preference may seem unfair, but ultimately these are things we have no control over, and for every person that isn’t attracted to you, there will be someone else who is. No-one is “universally unattractive”, the same way that no-one is “universally attractive”. Even with Taylor Swift’s squad, where you have to be at least a 9 to gain membership, I’ve met people who just don’t see the appeal. So live and let live, and one day, you’ll find someone who’s preference is you.