Thursday, October 30, 2008

ads

i was bored at work yesterday and decided to peruse through Yahoo "personals", just for fun. i think it's interesting and fun to see who in my age group is desperate enough to use that service, and also who i may recognize. so i set the search options for male, 33-45 years old, african-american, portland-vicinity. i was shocked but no, not really that shocked at the prospects that came up.

the most interesting thing to me was that most of these black men lived in the outskirts, such as beaverton, tigard, and aloha. i didn't know there were that many black men living out there...but i guess with the gentrifying white yuppies taking over the inner northeast, there aren't a lot of choices left except for the outskirts for some blacks.

i also noticed that the prospects- about 108 of them, were pretty pathetic looking. i mean, i realize that not every black man in the portland area does yahoo personals, but the ones who do do it look pretty raggedy(sorry!). most of them were physically unattractive looking. a lot of them had pseudo-names like "sly" or "slick cat". some of them looked like thugs. one of them had a tag line that read: 'when i love, i love with my whole heart and when i hate, it's forever'. what the hell!!?? the rest of the tags lines from the other men weren't much better.

i looked at the ads objectively, like, if i were "looking", who i'd pick. not a ONE. they all basically looked raggedy. i know, i know, you can't judge a book by it's cover. but when people place those ads, the "cover" is what they're banking on.

my impression of those guys was that they were definitely the picked-over leftovers. although i didn't peruse the white guy ads, but i'd venture to guess it was the same deal. it made me really glad that i am married and NOT in the dating scene looking for a black man. i'd be pretty depressed if i were.

10 comments:

Kat said...

I think if someone is going to put their face on the internet. They should definitely look their best especially a person is looking for dates. I know that looks aren't everything but appearances often make the first impression. Alot of folks just don't know to properly present themselves anymore.

mendegirl said...

um, well there isn't a whole lot interesting on the personals in any shade in Portland. And most of them who place ads(black, white, asian) specifically do not want to date black women. So you as a black woman get the dregs of the dregs of all races in Portland. I stumbled on a couple of white male friends profiles and both of them only exclude black women from their dating pool. "any" body type was fine but not brown skin. Having known them for YEARS I found that shocking.

Personal ads tend to be overwhlmingly non-black unless you go to a website that targets that population.

I don't think is this one you could stick on black folks. And you're not attracted to black men very often anyway so it seems weird that you would do that search instead of searching for white men.

dnsayer3 said...

Oh my goodness yes. It doesn't matter if you are in Portland or not. Me and my girlfriends do the same thing, although happily married, it is always a trip to read the ads of these guys. "...long walks, looking for my princess, looking to settle down." or the other mess. If you are looking for a princess baby you'd better read a fairy tale or some Shakespeare.

Anonymous said...

I think the profiles on Yahoo are particularly weak. Match, or Salon seem to be better

WithOxygen said...

what does it matter??? I think if you are raggedy, you are no matter what ethnic group you belong to! I have seen some nasty looking guys from all races! is the point of the blog mediocre looking guys in your area or just black guys! I dont like a dirty looking man no matter what! My husband is white and very good looking, but sometimes when we make a quick run into twon, I have to remind him from time to time that we are going in public , so put some effort in your appearance I am sure others would look at my husband and say the same thing!! but I love him.

jcanguy said...

I wouldn't be shocked to find black men living in the outskirts, thats where the majority of good jobs are think of beaverton, think Nike, Intel etc. I live in West Linn, and I'm happy about. The only time I'm in NE is to get my haircut.

Aly Cat 121 said...

I think if anyone wants a better selection, those are typically the dating services you have to pay in order to join. Kinda like "you get what you pay for."

Anonymous said...

May want to think twice before making a generalization as to why black people live in the outskirts of Portland. Have you ever considered that we may live out here because we want to live close to our jobs at the corporations that are in the suburbs? You know, Portland is not the center of the world and is only 10-20 miles away. Open your eyes.

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