Race and Racism: Sexual Racism
November 7, 2013
Ontario holds the most racially diverse population in Canada. It is part of the beauty living in Ontario when we have opportunities to celebrate one’s own ethnic and cultural root while embracing each other’s.
The Male Call Canada (2013) sample closely matches the demographic make-up of Canada. While the vast majority (89.4%) of participants identified as North American or European, 3.6% identified as Aboriginal.
On the other hand, as gay, bi, and trans men, we have learned from our lived experiences that the diversity does not exist without tensions- racism encountered in our daily interactions with one and other within the communities.
“NO WAY!? I have friends who are white, black, Latino and Asian. There is no racism.”
Undoubtedly, we have occasions where we all mingle well. However, when it comes to be more intimate connections, exclusion based only on one’s skin colour and/or racial background exists. These days, social/sexual networking online or via apps has explicitly made “race” matter- we need to check the box to indicate our race, and people would put what race they are NOT into or INTO.
“What a life it is if we cannot simply tell our preference!?”
By all means, people have preference. Yet, in a public space, like websites and apps, the use of negative languages to indicate our “exclusive” preference would have impacts on how others feel about their own race being unwanted- a trait that cannot be changed. Meanwhile, saying our liking for one specific race over another in order to appeal our “type” may be an indication of stereotyping, eroticizing or fetishizing certain characters, sexual roles and body features of men of other races.
Here is some local work that reflects the issues and attempts to address:
David Brennan’s (University of Toronto) Imagine Men’s Health Study
Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP)’s “Brown n Proud” campaign
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