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After all, we each have only the 500-word text boxes and crappy jpegs and clever (not so clever) user names to show for ourselves. Maybe in this environment where we are safely sequestered behind screens, we can get past some of the lingering gender-based “rules” that dominate the “How to Catch a Man” playbooks of yore.
Maybe instead we can learn to treat each other as equal players of a very silly game that we all secretly take quite seriously. But it seems quite clear to me that we’re not there yet. I’m a feminist, sex-positive 21st century lady whose photos include me posing in a Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume.
Why can’t I apply this “equal investment” attitude to the getting of dates and not just the paying for dates?
In the realm of hetero courtship, tradition still reigns supreme.
The Internet could be the great democratizer, the great playing field-leveler.
You will march home to an empty inbox and the desire to spend another hour browsing and writing will start to fade.
***** You might think online dating would create some much-needed “fairness” between the sexes.
I write about gender on the Internet for crying out loud!