I tell all my single girlfriends to give online dating a try. Why not. Backpage Escorts near me Hinton? I say, what is the worst that could happen? You set up a profile, pick some cute photographs, write something witty about the things which you love (Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, Battlestar Galactica), list some books you enjoy, and then sit back, kick your feet up, and wait for the messages to roll in. Your inbox will fill with notes from 19-year olds in the 'burbs, 40-somethings who find your taste in music refreshing," addled fools writing id fck u," as well as a few of age-appropriate, fine-looking men who are able to string some sentences together and like to cook. With those, you will send several messages back and forth before he encourages you for a drink. You may put on some mascara, drop out into the snow, meet a stranger, and after an hour of slightly stilted dialog, he'll grab the check. You'll try and split it, however he will pay, and you would stand to re-wrap yourself against the icy wind. You will part ways, and you will probably, almost certainly, begin again the following day with another Hey there..." message from the following contender.
You might think online dating would create some much-needed fairness" between the genders. In the realm of hetero courtship, tradition still reigns supreme. The Web could be the great democratizer, the great playing field-leveler. After all, we each have just the 500-word text boxes and crappy jpegs and smart (not so apt) user names to show for ourselves. Anyone can message anyone about anything. Perhaps in this environment where we're safely sequestered behind screens, we can get past some of the lingering sex-established rules" that predominate the How to Catch a Man" playbooks of yore. Perhaps instead we can learn to treat each other as equal players of a very silly game that we all secretly take quite seriously. Would not that be nice?
But it appears quite clear to me that we are not there yet. I am partially to blame, and you probably are too. I am a feminist, sex-positive 21st century lady whose photos contain me modeling in a Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume. I write about gender online for crying out loud! But every day, when I log into the dating site of my choice, I play the passive part, the receiver of focus, the awaiter of messages. I proceed to my inbox and see who needs to speak to me and then I choose to whom I'll respond. Occasionally I send a thanks but no thanks" to particularly pleasant messages, but usually I am so overwhelmed by the brand new things to read and the new choices in front of me that I discount those nice guys also. Fundamentally, I act like an entitled jerk who will pull puppet strings and make OkCupid dance for me however I please.
This is not the behaviour I'd expect of a feminist, sex-positive 21st century woman. It's not behaviour I'm particularly proud of either. Why do not I write messages first? Why do not I reach out to the dudes with the comical handles and good taste in novels, the ones who post pictures with goofy faces and like tacos almost as much as I like tacos? Why do I not reply politely to each message, even the ones I am not interested in? Why do I alternate between playing the damsel as well as the playing the demanding entitled ahole? Because it is only so simple.
Ugh. I'm embarrassed to have written that. I wish the signs pointed to something different, something egalitarian and contemporary, but when I get real with my own online dating M.., it's the truth. I have sent messages to guys before, certainly, but the ratio is small. Ten to one? Twenty to one? Once in a blue moon? I really don't have to, and so I do not make myself go through the chilling exercise of asking for thought and maybe being rejected or ignored. Why would I put myself through the rollercoaster of the drafting, the editing, the sending, the waiting, the trusting, the checking, and the sighing in disappointment when the fact of my gender (and let's be real; that's really all it's) means the attention comes to me? This is not how I need this work, but I condone it with my inaction.
Which now brings us to alternative/route #3 - online dating. Some consider this the last frontier before calling it quits on the dating scene, while others chant it upwards as the Holy Grail for finding the love which makes your crotch tremble. Ok, Holy Grail is a ginormous expanse, however there are those in the dating world that affirm that online dating gives them the finest variety of options, while affording them anonymity and having the ability to move at a pace they discover rather than being blindsided at a dinner party with the tried and oh so fake, "I am so happy you're both here. I've been dying to introduce the two of you!" Yeah right! That dinner party, happenstance meeting, was orchestrated so well it deserves a Tony Award. Any who...shall we move on?
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