Is This Craigslist Ad Discriminatory? Describes Man Looking For ‘Quality Asian’ Date Based On Ethnicity Scoring System
June 21, 2013 12:40 AM EST
It’s no secret that people have certain “types” when dating, but one San Francisco man has taken to extreme measures to find his next boyfriend. In a Craigslist ad, the 37-year-old creates a score sheet of sorts to measure compatibility with a future mate he calls a “quality Asian.”
“I am an Asian (Chinese American), thirty-seven y/o, 5'11" tall, 155, young looking with fit and smooth built,” the man writes. “I would like to meet someone who also values what our heritage has to offer and, at the same time, can express himself in the context of Western culture.”
The June 12 post, which places a high value on factors such as Chinese ethnicity, socioeconomic status and whether the person is a home owner, has received attention for appearing discriminatory. But the man contends he is being fair to both parties.
“For those of you who would accuse me of discrimination, it is not. It's personal preference. It's not your worthiness being judged here, our compatibility is.”
Instead of using the traditional “litmus test” to evaluate a potential date, he says that he created a “comprehensive approach” with his scoring system. “You don't have to meet any one or two criteria, but you have to be overall reaching a certain level of compatibility from my experience.”
Ethnicity plays a major role on the man’s checklist.
The candidate receives 20 points if they are “ethnic Chinese, ethnic Chinese from Singapore, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese.” But, if they are “ethnic Indian” they receive 10 demerit points. Mixed race potentials receive 20 demerit points.
The person’s profession, looks and past relationships are heavily critiqued.
Body modifications like piercings and tattoos or coming from divorced parents receive 6 demerit points each. If the person works in fine arts, music, or any other liberal arts profession, they receive 8 and 5 demerit points respectively.
Major pluses include having a long term relationship with an Asian person (15 points), going to college (15 points) and being a registered Republican (7 points).
The man asks any potential date who receives 35 points to contact him. As personal details surrounding his profession, socioeconomic status and family history – the man remains vague pointing to hobbies like hiking, traveling and classical music.
This isn’t the first Craigslist ad to be deemed discriminatory. Back in 2011, a post for a yard sale welcomed anyone “except LGBT people, illegal immigrants, and muslims.”
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