The Wednesday Weigh-In: Online Dating Edition

Online dating: inspiring hilarious stock images since the '90's.

Online dating. It’s far from an unexplored topic in the feminist blogosphere. We’ve talked before about some of the dangers of online dating.  And over at GOOD, Jill Fillipovic had a brilliant piece about how two years of online dating taught her to spot red flags in potential suitors. (Clue number one: “I’m a nice guy.”)

But it seems with every passing day, online dating is becoming more and more normalized. Exhibit A: as a single 20-something living in New York City, a good chunk of my friends are engaged with online dating in some way (most through OKCupid).  Exhibit B: a hilarious new weekly Buzzfeed column “An(n)als of Online Dating” that purports to “show the best of the worst internet dating has to offer” by tackling subjects like “Men On The Internet Who Would Like To Have Your Babies” and “Online Dating’s Icky “Yellow Fever” Fetishists“.

So given the ubiquity of the art form, this week’s weigh in centers on dating and the internet. Tell me, readers:

What do you think about online dating? Are you into it? Are you scared of it? Are you confused as to why we still give it its own category, apart from other kinds of dating?

Share your thoughts, success stories, recommendations, and tales of horror in the comments below.

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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