The REAL stuff white people like
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.” White women on OKCupid, on the other hand, are into “bonfires,boating, horseback riding, thunderstorms.” We don’t even know what to do with that.
On a final note, we feel obliged — okay, not obliged so much as tickled pink — to point out that atheists scored highest on the reading and writing proficiency test, when it was cross-referenced with religion preference. Buddhists were second, followed by Jewish and then agnostic. Buyer, beware.