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The REAL Stuff White People Like

Fri, Sep 17, 2010

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Stuff White Men Like, according to 526K OKCupid profiles

StuffWhitePeopleLike (TED Conference? World Cup? Picking their own fruit? Genius!) is one of our favorite blogs in the universe — seriously, it ranks right up there with FAILblog, even if it’s a bit of a one-note joke (but every time we leave it be for a few months, we go back and are reminded of its utter brilliance). Anyway, the dating site OKCupid, on its surprisingly fascinating OKTrends blog, decided to throw caution (not to mention fears of pandering to racist stereotypes) to the wind and examine the real stuff white people like… as well as the stuff that Asians, blacks, and Latinos like. They did this simply by parsing the data on all the personal ads in their system. The concept is both clever as well as a little bit stomach-turning.¬†There’s plenty here to make you feel like a racist douchebag just for reading it — like, black people are 20 times more likely than everyone else to mention¬†soul food in their ads, whereas white people are more likely to rave about Diet Coke. Also, if you have to be a white man, there’s plenty here to make you feel like a plain old douchebag. As the blogger puts it,”The mind of the white man is the world’s greatest sausagefest. Unless you’re counting¬†Queens of the Stone Age, there is not even one vaguely feminine thing on his list, and as far as broad categories go we have: sweaty guitar rock, bro-on-bro comedies, things with engines, and dystopias.”

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