I tell all my single girlfriends to give online dating a try. Why not. Backpage escorts nearest Stanger? I say, what's the worst that could happen? You set up a profile, pick some adorable photographs, write something witty regarding the things that you love (Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, Battlestar Galactica), list some books you like, 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," and also a handful of age-appropriate, nice-looking men who can string some sentences together and like to cook. With those, you'll send several messages back and forth before he invites you for a drink. You may put on some mascara, dive out into the snow, meet a stranger, and after an hour of somewhat stilted dialogue, he will catch the check. You will try and split it, however he will pay, and you would stand to re-wrap yourself against the frigid wind. You will part ways, and you will likely, almost surely, start again the next day with another Hey there..." message from the following competition.
You might think online dating would create some much-needed fairness" between the sexes. In the sphere of hetero courtship, tradition still rules supreme. The Internet might be the great democratizer, the amazing playing field-leveler. After all, we each have only the 500-word text boxes and crappy jpegs and clever (not too intelligent) user names to show for ourselves. Anyone can message anyone about anything. Maybe in this environment where we are safely sequestered behind screens, we can get past some of the lingering gender-established rules" that dominate the How to Find a Man" playbooks of yore. Maybe instead we can learn to treat each other as equal players of an extremely silly game that we all secretly take quite seriously. Wouldn't that be fine?
But it seems quite clear to me that we're not there yet. I'm partly to blame, and you also probably are too. I am a feminist, sex-positive 21st century lady whose pictures comprise me modeling 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 function, the receiver of attention, 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 react. Sometimes I send a thanks but no thanks" to particularly sweet messages, but usually I'm so overwhelmed by the new things to read and the new selections in front of me that I blow off those nice guys also. Basically, I act like an entitled jerk who can pull puppet strings and make OkCupid dance for me however I please.
This is not the behavior I'd expect of a feminist, sex-positive 21st century woman. It's not conduct I'm especially proud of either. Why do not I write messages first? Why do not I reach out to the guys with the amusing handles and great taste in books, the ones who post images 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'm not interested in? Why do I switch between playing the damsel and also the playing the demanding entitled ahole? As it's just so simple.
Ugh. I am embarrassed to have written that. I wish the evidence pointed to something else, something egalitarian and modern, but when I get real with my own online dating M.., it is the truth. I've sent messages to guys before, sure, but the ratio is modest. Ten to one? Twenty to one? Once in a blue moon? I don't have to, and so I don't make myself go through the scary exercise of asking for thought and possibly 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 account, and the sighing in disappointment when the fact of my sex (and let's be real; that's really all it's) means the attention comes to me? This is not how I want 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 landscape, while others chant it upwards as the Holy Grail for locating the love which makes your crotch tremble. Fine, Holy Grail is a ginormous stretch, however there are those in the dating world that affirm that online dating gives them the finest assortment of options, while affording them anonymity and being able to proceed at a pace they determine rather than being blindsided at a dinner party with the attempted and oh so fake, "I'm so glad you are both here. I have been dying to introduce the two of you!" Yeah right! That dinner party, happenstance assembly, was orchestrated so well it deserves a Tony Award. Any who...shall we move on?
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