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Old 02-05-2014, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Not sure how this is true considering it is very common for white males to be portrayed as either evil or bumbling, unfashionable, awkward idiots, and black and brown men as heroic, intelligent, level headed, etc.
What planet is this?

But more importantly. No matter how many nerdy, awkward, serial killer, psychopath white males there are, no one is going to assume all white men are like that. The ones that are are exceptions.

Heaven forbid someone black does something bad. They represent the entire race! And the people that you are calling "heroic" or whatever...they are considered the exceptions.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:57 AM
 
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You know.......

Perception is a fickle thing. I think "attractiveness" is fueled by perceptions of power--and vice versa. As our culture evolves into a more racially mixed culture, I bet that we will begin to value a wider range of what is attractive.

One thing I have noticed is this: clothing affects that perception of power/attractivness. If you see a white guy or a black guy walking around with their pants around the ankle, backwards hat, or hoodie--you are going to think low status/potential threat. Dress the same guys, white and black, in power suits, hello Taye Diggs/Dean Cain and not a blonde hair in between them.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:59 AM
 
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Not sure how this is true considering it is very common for white males to be portrayed as either evil or bumbling, unfashionable, awkward idiots, and black and brown men as heroic, intelligent, level headed, etc.
I think this is typically done for humor, as it is playing against type.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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why does it have to be about just white and black guys?

what about latinos, asians, indians, arabs, and other races? seems like most American women (especially white) want to pretend those races don't exist and tend to avoid them at all costs regardless of how westernized, well dressed, or hot the guy is.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:16 AM
 
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I think there is a difference between accepting that Denzel Washington is handsome or Halle Berry is gorgeous than accepting that the black guy or black woman you work with is "cute." The occasional celebrity is easy to say, "she's hot," But, when you see a black co-worker and think "she's cute," it changes things in your mind. It's a real person and not somebody in a movie or on TV that may or may not have professional makeup artists.

The same thing with other races, too. Sure, you can say Aishwarya Rai is gorgeous and most people won't disagree with you, but when the Indian women in the next row of cubicles is thought of as "cute", that is when things start to change in earnest, IMHO.

I think it's definitely becoming more common to think of people of different races as attractive, but I don't think everybody has gotten "over the hump" in terms of accepting your regular person of another race as cute/attractive. (Being that "cute" is a few steps down from "gorgeous" and more commonplace than the occasional stunner.)
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I have found people of a wide variety of groups attractive from a young age..... my preferences are pretty open, generally olive or darker with dark hair. But there are some occasionally, paler exceptions to my general preferences.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:32 AM
 
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Nope.
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Old 02-06-2014, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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"Do you believe as time goes by American society will start to consider attractive people from all races attractive?"

They do already.
Not by a long shot, at all. Casual/subtle forms of racism are still prevalent in our society. Areas with systemic racism don't help either.
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:19 PM
 
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They already do. Hot people are hot people.
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:37 PM
 
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I think there is a difference between accepting that Denzel Washington is handsome or Halle Berry is gorgeous than accepting that the black guy or black woman you work with is "cute." The occasional celebrity is easy to say, "she's hot," But, when you see a black co-worker and think "she's cute," it changes things in your mind. It's a real person and not somebody in a movie or on TV that may or may not have professional makeup artists.

The same thing with other races, too. Sure, you can say Aishwarya Rai is gorgeous and most people won't disagree with you, but when the Indian women in the next row of cubicles is thought of as "cute", that is when things start to change in earnest, IMHO.

I think it's definitely becoming more common to think of people of different races as attractive, but I don't think everybody has gotten "over the hump" in terms of accepting your regular person of another race as cute/attractive. (Being that "cute" is a few steps down from "gorgeous" and more commonplace than the occasional stunner.)
I think this has to do with where you live.

I grew up in the Northeast and my best friend was Indian. Beautiful--and the homecoming queen etc. Her being Indian was a non issue. Just an ethnicity, like everybody else's.

Fast forward--the live in Nashville now as her husband is a music executive. She is very exotic and "different" according to her neighbors. Still beautiful, still well liked just different.....

.....though in all fairness, my next door neighbor is blonde and cute as a button. She is from Texas where I am sure she was well liked. Here (NJ) people just think she's not that bright.
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