I tell all my single girlfriends to give online dating a try. Why not. Backpage escorts nearest Florze? I say, what's the worst that could happen? You set up a profile, decide some cute photos, write something witty concerning the things that you just 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 find your preference in music refreshing," addled fools writing id fck u," and also a handful of age-appropriate, pleasant-looking guys 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, plunge out into the snow, meet a stranger, and following an hour of slightly stilted dialogue, he will grab the check. You'll try to divide it, however he'll pay, and you will stand to re-wrap yourself against the freezing wind. You will part ways, and you will likely, almost surely, begin again the following day with another Hey there..." message from the next challenger.
You might think online dating would create some much-needed equity" between the sexes. In the domain of hetero courtship, tradition still rules supreme. The Internet could be the great democratizer, the amazing playing field-leveler. After all, we each have only the 500-word text boxes and crappy jpegs and adroit (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 screens, we can get past some of the lingering sex-based rules" that predominate the How to Catch a Man" playbooks of yore. Perhaps instead we can learn to handle each other as equal players of a very silly game that we all secretly take quite seriously. Wouldn't that be fine?
But it seems quite clear to me that we are not there yet. I am partially to blame, and you also probably are too. I am a feminist, sex-positive 21st century lady whose pictures include me posing 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 function, the receiver of focus, the awaiter of messages. I go to my inbox and see who wants to talk to me and then I choose to whom I Will react. Sometimes I send a thanks but no thanks" to especially pleasant messages, but generally I am so overwhelmed by the new things to read and the new picks in front of me that I discount 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 really is not the behavior I would expect of a feminist, sex-positive 21st century lady. It is not behavior I am particularly proud of either. Why don't I write messages first? Why do not I reach out to the guys with the amusing handles and good taste in books, the ones who post graphics with goofy faces and like tacos nearly as much as I enjoy tacos? Why do I not answer politely to every message, even the ones I'm not interested in? Why do I alternate between playing the damsel and the playing the demanding entitled ahole? Because it is only so easy.
Ugh. I'm embarrassed to have written that. I wish the evidence pointed to something different, something egalitarian and modern, 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 do not have to, and so I do not make myself go through the chilling exercise of asking for consideration 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 us be real; that's really all it is) means the attention comes to me? This isn't how I need 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 landscape, while others chant it upwards as the Holy Grail for finding the love which 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 finest assortment of options, while affording them anonymity and being able to proceed at a speed they determine rather than being blindsided at a dinner party with the tried and oh so fake, "I am so glad you're both here. I've 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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