I tell all my single girlfriends to give online dating a try. Why not. Backpage escorts near me Asinkaanumevatt? I say, what's the worst that could happen? You set up a profile, pick some adorable photos, write something witty concerning the things that you adore (Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, Battlestar Galactica), list some books you like, 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 discover your preference in music refreshing," addled idiots writing id fck u," and also a few of age-appropriate, pleasant-looking men who are able to string some sentences together and like to cook. With those, you'll send a few messages back and forth before he invites 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 dialogue, he will grab the check. You will attempt to split it, but he'll pay, and you may stand to re-wrap yourself against the icy wind. You will part ways, and you'll probably, almost certainly, begin again the next day with another Hey there..." message from the next challenger.
You might think online dating would create some much-needed fairness" between the genders. In the realm of hetero courtship, tradition still rules supreme. The Internet 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 adroit (not too smart) user names to show for ourselves. Anyone can message anyone about anything. Perhaps 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. Perhaps 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 fine?
But it appears quite clear to me that we're not there yet. I'm partly to blame, and also you probably are too. I am a feminist, sex-positive 21st century woman whose photographs comprise 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 function, the receiver of attention, the awaiter of messages. I go to my inbox and see who needs to talk to me and then I choose to whom I'll respond. Sometimes I send a thanks but no thanks" to particularly pleasant messages, but generally I'm so overwhelmed by the brand new things to read and the brand new selections in front of me that I ignore those nice guys too. Essentially, I act like an entitled jerk who can 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 lady. It's not behaviour I'm especially proud of either. Why do not I write messages first? Why don't I reach out to the dudes with the funny handles and great taste in books, the ones who post pictures with goofy faces and like tacos nearly as much as I like tacos? Why do I not answer politely to every 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? Because it is only so easy.
Ugh. I'm embarrassed to have written that. I wish the signs pointed to something else, something egalitarian and modern, but when I get real with my own online dating M.., it's the truth. I have sent messages to men before, sure, 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 scary exercise of asking for consideration and maybe being rejected or dismissed. Why would I put myself through the rollercoaster of the drafting, the editing, the sending, the waiting, the trusting, the checking account, and the sighing in disappointment when the fact of my gender (and let us be real; that's really all it is) means the focus 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 arena, while others chant it upwards as the Holy Grail for finding the love that makes your groin tremble. Okay, Holy Grail is a ginormous expanse, but there are those in the dating world that swear that online dating gives them the best assortment of possibilities, while affording them anonymity and having the ability to move at a pace they determine rather than being blindsided at a dinner party with the tried and oh so fake, "I am so happy 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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