Mencap is calling on the dating website OkCupid to remove a “deeply offensive question” and apologise to people with a learning disability for the offence caused.
When users sign up to the dating website they are asked a series of screening questions to help match them to other people with similar answers.
One of the questions, Mencap says, is offensive and discriminatory to people with a learning disability and others. The site asks: “Would the world be a better place if people with a low IQs were not allowed to reproduce?”
Petitioning for change
Ciara Lawrence, a Mencap campaigner who has a learning disability, has started an online petition calling on OkCupid to remove the question and apologise.
“I am very upset that OkCupid could ask a question about whether people with a learning disability should be allowed to have children,” said Mencap spokesperson Amy Clarke, who has a learning disability.
“This is not OK. It is shocking and offensive. By asking the question, they are making it seem like it is OK to say yes, which it is not.
“If they had asked the same question about people of different races or sexuality there would be outrage and it should be the same for people with a learning disability.
OKCupid said that its questions range from “mundane to provocative” in an attempt to help potential matches understand the interests and values of other users.
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