Does New Dating Site Have Racist Agenda?

coupleWoman seeking tall, brown-haired, blue-eyed man with smaller than average nose and a strong jaw. According to a new dating website set to launch this month, thinks that's what I should be looking for in a mate. They apparently discovered what we all want in a partner: someone who looks like we do. I'm not so sure I'd make a handsome man, but "scientific evidence" says facial resemblance in couples is a phenomenon that can lead to a lifetime of happiness.

The website will be powered by facial recognition software and will compare faces in nine different points, then users can narrow down their matches based on values and personal style. At first I thought this was just some gimmick the new dating site was using to stand out, but now I'm wondering if this isn't a site determined to keep relationships within the same race.


The site makes no claims as such, and it's a certainty that faces from different races can look similar when the nine facial points are compared side by side, but it would be a scary concept if that was the site's undertone.

The New York Times Magazine reported on and used Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard as an example of a couple that looks similar. I kind of see it, but I think it's more remarkable how many "a"s they share in their names. Maybe that's a sign of eternal bliss: how many vowels you and your partner have in common.

I do think Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen look alike, Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow for sure look the same (although that didn't last, so theory busted?). Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher have similar jaws ... and Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise could be related.

I suppose I buy into the theory that we're attracted to people who look like us. Of course I don't think it's the only factor, and is by no means anything to base a relationship on, but I can understand that a spark might sooner ignite when we meet a face match than when we don't.

When I think about it, I dated a guy with similar looks to mine -- I used to attribute that to our meeting at a homogeneous university -- but maybe it had more to do with the fact that we're twinsies than the college's applicant pool. Well, it didn't work out, so ... maybe won't be as successful as I thought. We didn't have any vowels in common either -- should've been my warning sign.

What do you think of this dating site?

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