Gendering the self in online dating discourse markers
According to this Pew Research (2016) study dating app users report experiencing high levels of harassment, and particularly on the most popular apps.
Moreover, unsurprisingly, women are being harassed much more than men.
Women who openly seek casual sexual experiences through hook ups must deal with “slut shaming” and attacks on their characters and reputations from people of all genders.
Women modify their profiles and communication to minimize this kind of aggressive communication.
This leaves some wondering whether the site welcomes or would be a safe space for racialized users or if online dating is mainly for White people.
Racialized youth we have connected with also express concerns with what’s been going on with communities of colour and racism in North America right now.
Consequently, she created a revolutionary new dating app - Bumble.57% of women respondents said they’d been harassed while using dating apps versus only 21% of male respondents, not to mention users who’s identities intersect with systems of oppression.Young people want us to know that contrary to the idea that cyberviolence facilitated by dating apps is less harmful than physical violence, the social and emotional harm caused by online violence is real and substantial, and can lead to further, physical harm.Recent research by the Consumers Research (2016) provides compelling evidence regarding the prevalence of violence linked to the use of dating apps.Being a woman or other marginalized gender on online dating apps exposes communities to specific and targeted online misogyny that far exceeds mere impoliteness or disrespect.