Is love colorblind? political orientation and interracial romantic desire

Paul W. Eastwick, Jennifer A. Richeson, Deborah Son, Eli J. Finkel

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Abstract

The present research examined the association of political orientation with ingroup favoritism in two live romantic contexts. In Study 1, White participants had sequential interactions with both a White and Black confederate and reported their romantic desire for each. In Study 2, both White and Black participants speed-dated multiple potential romantic partners and reported whether they would be interested in meeting each speed-dating partner again. In both studies, White participants' political conservatism positively predicted the strength of the ingroup-favoring bias: White conservatives were less likely than White liberals to desire Black (interracial) relative to White potential romantic partners. In contrast, Black participants' political conservatism negatively predicted the strength of the ingroup-favoring bias: Consistent with system-justification theory, Black conservatives were more likely than Black liberals to desire White (interracial) relative to Black potential romantic partners. Political orientation may be a key factor that influences the initiation of interracial romantic relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1258-1268
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume35
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attraction
  • Intergroup relations
  • Political orientation
  • Relationships
  • Speed-dating
  • System justification

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