Encourages its users to divide the planet into those people who are and the ones that are perhaps not viable sexual items according to crude markers of identification – to think with regards to sexual ‘deal-breakers’ and ‘requirements’. By doing this, Grindr merely deepens the grooves that are discriminatory which our intimate desires currently move. But online dating sites – and particularly the abstracted interfaces of Tinder and Grindr, which distil attraction down seriously to the necessities: face, height, fat, age, competition, witty tagline – has perhaps taken what exactly is worst concerning the ongoing state of sex and institutionalised it on our displays.
A presupposition of ‘What the Flip? ’ is that this will be a peculiarly homosexual issue: that the homosexual male community is just too shallow, too body-fascist, too judgy.
The homosexual guys within my life state this kind of thing on a regular basis; each of them feel bad about any of it, perpetrators and victims alike (many see themselves as both). I’m unconvinced. Can we imagine predominantly straight dating apps like OKCupid or Tinder producing an internet series that encouraged the right ‘community’ to confront its sexual racism or fatphobia?