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Online Dating Study

AKIE BERMISS: We’re all very sensitive about what makes us attractive, aren’t we? As a pretty average looking guy (or less-than, depending who you ask!) I’ve always been pretty curious about what an attractive woman could possibly be seeing that would make her want to be with me. Especially with so many better-dressed, better-shaped, better-acting candidates available. I suppose there are all sorts of prickly issues there if you’re talking about male attractiveness in our patriarchal society with a heteronormative bias. Nevertheless, I manage to find admirers somehow. Yet a recent article on Jezebel.com has me reconsidering what I may or may not have been doing right. The article uses female pictures on a popular online dating sight to create an algorithm that correlates levels of beauty to levels of interest from men. And the results are kind of weird.

ZOË RICE: Good gracious, OK Cupid Blog. Do you know how long it took for me to be able to look at a photo of myself and think, “Hey, that’s cute”? “Cute” was that lofty goal throughout my adolescent years and even my blossoming early 20′s. And then I got there. I got to cute! And now you’re telling me that’s not good enough? OK Cupid, are you trying to make us all neurotic freaks?
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Feminism Today

EMILY SAIDEL: The difficulty with writing about feminism and feminists and assigning people into relevant categories is that feminism itself is an overloaded word. Merriam Webster offers this as the first definition: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. A single line makes it seem simple. Feminism is about equality of the sexes. However, trying to combine political, economic and social theories of feminism under one movement umbrella complicates the issue of individual identification. Politics, economics, and social agendas do not always agree.

AKIE BERMISS: I simply want to say that I am a great supporter of feminism. I have been for many years. I was raised by feminists and I aspire toward the practice of gender equality in the things I do. If I slip here and there and call women “chicks” it is not from a desire to do wrong willfully, but from inarticulateness of subconscious chauvinism. Don’t we all suffer, in some form or another, from the institutional prejudices of our civilization? Even a front-lines feminist is bound to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous conditioning. We are surrounded by the anti-feminine. We still harbor a nostalgia for the simplicity of the days when, as Archie and Edith sang it: Girls were girls, and men were men. Its hard to change things from the base of the column. But, indeed, the skew often stems from a crooked foundation.

LAURA ROBERTS: If Sarah Palin’s a feminist, then I’m the Queen of England. I think we can all agree that I am not the Queen of England, and therefore, on the grounds of logical reasoning, Sarah Palin is also no feminist. But why does this matter?
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JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: To use the terminology of my colleague, Akie Bermiss, I am indeed a grown-ass woman. And I’m one who doesn’t allow herself to get too hung up on the semantics of gender-descriptive words because, if I did, I’d become severely depressed. I get pretty bummed out about our society’s reliance on both patriarchy and heteronormativity, and gender descriptors are steeped in both of those traditions. Continue reading

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