by Ashley Reese of The Gloss
Tumblr knows that I’m in an interracial relationship.
As I scroll through my dashboard, I’m regularly met with posts from blogs Tumblr wants me to follow. Most of them are blogs about interracial relationships, full of photos of happy mixed couples being happy and, er, mixed.
Good for them, but I’m really turned off by the enthusiasm and fetishization of interracial relationships. While each interracial coupling has its own special pace in side eye hell–white dudes who are all about getting an east Asian girl, black men who go for white women because black women are too difficult–for the purposes of this piece and personal experience, I’m going to focus specifically on interracial relationships between black women and white men.
If you check out the interracial or swirl hashtags on Instagram, you’ll stumble upon serious tackiness and serious thirst. For example, this meme gets a ton of play:
And here’s an example of the tags from these kinds of posts:
I obviously have no problem with relationships between black women and white men or else I wouldn’t be in one, but I have a lot of problems with the subculture that surrounds fans of this partnership.
When it comes to white men, the enthusiasm within swirl culture is so dependent on stereotypes, including the fetishization of black women’s bodies. It’s one thing for a black woman to say that “black girls do it better” as a playful, self-congratulatory approach to their sexuality; especially when black women are given little space to be honest, open, and empowered by their sexuality. They’re either reduced to pure sex objects or devoid of sex appeal entirely. But white men asserting that black women do it better is…
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How do you feel about the enthused fandom behind #teamswirl?
Ashley Reese is a writer for TheGloss. Read more articles from her Accidental Virgin series here.