Why race is not a sexual preference

While some may consider desire to be a harmless preference, like all taste, preferences are learned.

In other words, the kinds of people you’re attracted to isn’t etched in your DNA. Nor is it a part of your sexual identity. Instead, it’s linked to the subtle ways the society has influenced us, the way we’ve been socialised into accepting certain aesthetics over the others.

If you do feel you’re particularly attracted to one race, or not attracted to another, you can’t easily change that, but you can be critical of it. Analyse the ways in which colonialism, exotification, fetishisation and white supremacy have conditioned your sexual preferences. If nothing else, we need to be honest with ourselves.

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