So last week I joined another dating website. I figure that I need to try all avenues before truly giving up on ever finding a partner. So, I filled out my profile, writing about my passions, my activism, my writing. I filled out all of the categories. I put together a really great profile, if I do say so myself. Of course, I did add a few pictures, as I personally loathe it when someone has one grainy photo of himself.
Imagine my surprise when almost every single message I received was about my looks. And they weren’t even clever openers. For example:
TypicalGuy1 (not his real screen name): You look gorgeous.
Me: That’s because I am. Anything else in my profile catch your attention?
TypicalGuy1: To be honest your shirt that has your country’s flag.
Me: Ok…anything else you READ in my profile not related to my pictures catch your attention?
TypicalGuy1: Why? Do I have a quiz?
Me: Well, if the only thing that prompted you to contact me was my looks, then I’m not interested. I have more to offer than my looks.
I have yet to hear back from him.
WHY? Why is it that with everything I have to offer, my looks are what drive men to contact me? Oh, I know, initially something has to prompt you to want to talk to someone, but I would hope that after my looks, reading my profile and seeing all that I do would be more of an incentive to want to talk to me. What I really want to say when a guy tells me “you’re so hot” or “wow you’re gorgeous” is “yea, I know.” Because I do know. I am not being conceited. I know I have good looks. And enough people have said it that over the years I’ve started believing it. But that is NOT what I want to be known for.
The other thing that annoys me are the questions about my virginity. Why is it that every single guy just HAS TO ask that within five minutes of conversation? Are we really that regressive that we still judge women by their sexuality? Why does it matter either way? When I bring these points up after being asked, I am told to “calm down” and that I am “overreacting.” Overreacting? Did I ask about your sexual status? Did I try and judge you solely by something that neither is your business nor your right to know?
So here I thought this dating site would be different. Here I thought that I would be able to find some men who were more enlightened. Not to say I haven’t has some decent guys message me. I have. Or I have, somewhat. So many are getting smarter, and will mask their misogyny by pretending to be interested in me, but then once we exchange numbers, turn it all around. Thank God for being able to block numbers.
Lastly are the Muslim guys who will flat out judge me for being on this site. Um, hello- you are as well! Why is ok for you and not me? For example:
TypicalGuy2: Why are you on here? (yes, his opening line)
Me: For the same reason as you, I suppose.
TypicalGuy2: Isn’t that inappropriate for someone like you?
Me: How so? I’m just trying to meet someone.
TypicalGuy2: Well, I’m just looking out for you, I don’t think it’s right.
Me: I don’t need you to lookout for me, I can take care of myself.
TypicalGuy2: So you’re being a bitch to me and I’m trying to help you. Nice.
Me: This conversation is over.
TypicalGuy2: Why? Because I was trying to be nice and you’re a bitch? That’s the thanks I get?
Me: Conversation is over.
He continues to message me, until I finally block and report him. As if I need harassment on top of his judgement. Seriously, what is wrong with you men?
Bottom line: using any online dating site leaves you to be disappointed. People are rarely who they say they are, their pictures are usually not current (or even of them), and every guy feels like a big man behind the screen- meaning he will harass, berate, or judge you if you reject his lame advances. You might ask why I continue to torture myself, and the answer is simple: it’s hard for me to meet people, regardless of all the traveling I do. It’s nice to be able to talk to someone and get to know them, and even meet up once we are both comfortable.
And, if nothing else, all these experiences make for a good blog post. So for now, I will continue to put myself out there, hoping that someday all my efforts and patience will pay off.