Attraction or Fetish? Exploring Racial Trends in Dating

Tassneen Bashir

Dating and marriage trends show an increase in interracial relationships over many decades. However, different patterns in these interracial relationships warrant a deeper look. Statistics demonstrate an unnerving consistency between our social hierarchies and interactions on dating apps. Are our racial dating preferences simply that? Or do they reveal a deeper level of bias shaping who we consider desirable and attractive? Can we choose who we love? How does race, homophobia, sexism, classism, and ableism impact how we see our own attractiveness and desirability? 


This Olio traces the history of interracial relationships in the US. It also addresses how western imperialism has impacted attractiveness and desirability in the Global South.

Let’s dive deep into attraction, fetishization, and explore how we can be actively anti-racist, even in the bedroom.


*This Olio will take place in a West Village apartment. Address will be emailed upon RSVP*




Location: Living Room

Address will be shared with attendees.

Living Room Salons take place in a Think Olio member's apartment to provide an intimate learning environment. We'll email you the exact address upon rsvp.




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Other upcoming Olios


Oct 15

Olio Seminar | Kafka will Ruin Your Life and Make You Laugh About it

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Strong Rope Brewery

Sign Up - $60

Oct 22

The Fear of Leisure

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

Sign Up - $15

Oct 23

Eros: The Geometry of Desire

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Moon Rise Studio

Sign Up - $15

Oct 27

Olio Breakfast Club | Frankenstein: Who is the Monster?

Taught by Patricia Kim
1 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

Sign Up - $15

Oct 30

Olio Workshop | Modern Anxiety and Ancient Healing Arts

Taught by Darryl Aiken-Afam
7:30 p.m. at St John's Episcopal Church

Sign Up - $125

Nov 4

Olio Fiction Workshop | Challenging the Received Boundaries of Genre

Taught by Kat Rejsek
7 p.m. at Little Roy // Flatbush

Sign Up - $175

Nov 15

Do You Have Kids? The Politics of Motherhood

Taught by Ifeoma Ike
7:30 p.m. at The William Vale Hotel

Sign Up - $15

Nov 22

Anti-Education

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


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