Singletons looking for a date online pretend to be more politically progressive to attract new partners, in a new trend called wokefishing.
The term, coined by writer Serena Smith in an article before Vice, is an amalgamation of ‘catfishing’ in which a person pretends to be someone else online and ‘wakes up’, describing someone who is socially aware and alert to injustice in the world.
Smith, from Leeds, claims she was a victim of wok fishing herself, as her former partner had lured her into believing the pair had the same beliefs, but revealed his true self when she decided to go vegan and sent her condescending lyrics with derogatory language.
In one case, a woman of Arab origin found herself in a relationship with a man who discussed his disgust at the ‘whiteness of his education’ and wanted South England to be more diverse, only to discover later that he was a member of neo-Nazi groups .
Singletons looking to date online pretend to be more politically progressive to attract new partners, in a new trend called wokefishing (stock iamge picture)
“He introduced me to his family friends as’ ‘his dirty Arab girlfriend’ and passed it on as a joke.”
“He said before meeting me that he didn’t want to marry a non-white person because he thought – quote -” mixed race kids were impure, “Hannah, 19, told the online magazine.
What is wok fishing?
Serena describes’ wokefishing ‘as a term used when:’ people pose as progressive political views to entangle potential partners.
“A wokfish may initially present itself as a protest-seeking, sex-positive, anti-racist, intersectional feminist who drinks ethically-produced oat milk and has read Audre Lorde’s back catalog twice.”
She adds that in reality they are the opposite.
In another incident, a man with the pseudonym Tom told Vice that he went on dates when he and his partner talked about diversifying the school curriculum, only to hear him use racist comments later.
Earlier this year, FEMAIL reported the story of one a young black woman from Arizona revealed that she was shocked to discover that the white man she had been dating for months wrote racist reports about her to his friends.
Tatum Patrice, 21, recently spent time with the man playing music from his phone when she discovered the group chat he had with friends.
Scrolling through their posts, she found out that he was talking about calling her the N word, said his grandfather would have been her ‘property’ and declared ‘f *** black women’ – all encouraging his friends.
Tatum shared the disturbing racist messages on Twitter on May 27 after taking several screen grabs.
She explained, “So I’ve been talking to this white man for a few months now. I gave everything to this man [for real]… find out he’s been racist all the time. That’s how he talks about me to his friends.
“I can’t make this up. I – I have no words … “she wrote.
The man, addressed as Graeme by one of the other members of the group text, wrote: ‘Sorry sorry, but I have another black girl … and every time she says something stupid like f ***, I want to give her the One word lol. Is that bad? Or is she just playing her part?
Tatum Patrice, 21, says she was shocked to discover that the white man she had been dating for months wrote racist reports about her to his friends
Graeme said his grandfather would have ‘owned’ her, and both he and his friend wrote ‘f *** black women’
The man named Graeme kept referring to her as ‘this black girl’ and said he wanted to call her the N word – and his friends encouraged him
“This will stay between all of us,” he added. “I really want to call this girl the n-word and let her leave … is that wrong? I swear. ‘
A friend named Colton demands it and writes, “You call her so lmao when she plays the part, she can’t get mad when you say it.”
Although many studies show that comparable political positions for a partner are important to most people, ‘wok fishing’ seems to be a modern phenomenon.
Smith said recent protests over the murder of George Floyd have placed greater emphasis on individual responsibility to stand up to oppression.
She said this has led people to deliberately seek out partners with the same political beliefs, morals and values, but at the same time lead to an increase in ‘adapting people to get around this’.
A survey conducted by eHarmony last year found that political divisions led to the breakdown of 2.7 million UK relations after general 2016.
Tory MP Jon Bercow is married to Sally Bercow, who is campaigning for Labor (left together). Samantha Cameron previously revealed that she ‘sometimes voted green’ despite being married to a conservative prime minister (right together)
Brexit had a similar impact; the ‘leave’ vote led to 1.6 million Brits breaking up with their partner or failing to book things on a date.
Last year, YouGov surveyed 2,380 people who found that more than one in ten (11 percent) survivors would describe themselves as ‘very upset’ if their descendants had a Brexiteer, while another 28 percent said they would be ‘slightly upset’ .
The survey also found that a third of Labor supporters would be upset if their child married a conservative.