I tell all my single girlfriends to give online dating a try. Why not. Backpage escorts nearest Magnolia? I say, what's the worst that could happen? You set up a profile, decide some adorable pictures, write something witty regarding the things which you adore (Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, Battlestar Galactica), list some books you enjoy, 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 discover your preference in music refreshing," addled fools writing id fck u," along with a handful of age-appropriate, nice-looking guys who can string some sentences together and enjoy to cook. With those, you will send a few messages back and forth before he encourages you for a drink. You will put on some mascara, dive out into the snow, meet a stranger, and following an hour of slightly stilted conversation, he will grab the check. You will attempt to divide it, but he'll pay, and you may stand to re-wrap yourself against the freezing wind. You'll part ways, and you'll probably, almost certainly, begin again the next day with another Hey there..." message from the next contender.
You might think online dating would create some much-needed fairness" between the genders. In the realm of hetero courtship, custom still rules supreme. The Web might be the great democratizer, the superb playing field-leveler. After all, we each have just the 500-word text boxes and crappy jpegs and clever (not so clever) user names to show for ourselves. Anyone can message anyone about anything. Perhaps in this environment where we're safely sequestered behind displays, we can get past some of the lingering gender-based rules" that predominate the How to Find a Man" playbooks of yore. Maybe instead we can learn to handle each other as equal players of an extremely silly game that we all secretly take quite seriously. Would not that be nice?
But it appears quite clear to me that we're not there yet. I am partly to blame, and also you probably are too. I am a feminist, sex-positive 21st century woman whose pictures include me posing in a Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume. I write about gender on the Internet 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 go to my inbox and see who wants to talk to me and then I decide to whom I'll respond. Sometimes I send a thanks but no thanks" to especially pleasant messages, but usually I am so overwhelmed by the new things to read and the brand new choices in front of me that I ignore those nice guys too. Basically, I act like an entitled jerk who will pull puppet strings and make OkCupid dancing for me however I please.
This isn't the behavior I'd expect of a feminist, sex-positive 21st century woman. It's not conduct I'm particularly proud of either. Why do not I write messages first? Why don't I reach out to the dudes with the comical handles and great taste in novels, the ones who post pictures with goofy faces and like tacos nearly as much as I enjoy tacos? Why do I not respond politely to each message, even the ones I am not interested in? Why do I alternate between playing the damsel and the playing the demanding entitled ahole? Since it is only so simple.
Ugh. I am embarrassed to have written that. I wish the signs pointed to something else, something egalitarian and contemporary, but when I get real with my own online dating M.., it is the truth. I've sent messages to men before, sure, but the ratio is modest. Ten to one? Twenty to one? Once in a blue moon? I actually don't have to, and so I do not make myself go through the frightful exercise of asking for thought and maybe being rejected or dismissed. Why would I place myself through the rollercoaster of the drafting, the editing, the sending, the waiting, the expecting, the checking, and the sighing in disappointment when the fact of my sex (and let's be real; that is actually all it is) means the attention comes to me? This isn't how I want this work, but I condone it with my inaction.
Which now brings us to choice/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 that makes your groin tremble. Okay, Holy Grail is a ginormous stretch, but 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 go at a pace they determine rather than being blindsided at a dinner party with the tried and oh so fake, "I'm so happy you are both here. I have 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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