*Sold Out* 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


Dec 9

Yin-Yang, Stress, & the Western Mind

Taught by Darryl Aiken-Afam
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Dec 11

The Production of Nature

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Dec 12

Public Philosophy: How, Why, and for Whom?

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

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Dec 18

Transforming Police into Jedi Peacebuilders

Taught by Brad Heckman
7:30 p.m. at Work Heights - Kinetic

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Dec 18

Past, Present, & Infinity: The Decay of 2019

Taught by Olio Happy Hour
7:30 p.m. at Nowhere Studios

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Dec 19

The Art of Dying, The Act of Grieving

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Work Heights - Electric

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Dec 20

Dec 29

Utopia

Taught by Patricia Kim
3 p.m. at Living Room

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Jan 21

Decolonizing the Heart & Mind

Taught by Kim Nguyen
7:30 p.m. at Work Heights - Electric

Sign Up - $35


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