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Treena Orchard has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for research studies. When love, lust and all things in between come calling, dating apps appear to be the only way to meet new people and experience romance in Drawing upon my personal experiences and academic insights about sexuality, gender and power, this article explores what happens when dating apps fail on their promises.

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Being a tech LudditeI never dreamed of using a dating app. However, when other options were exhausted, I found myself selecting photos and summarizing myself in a user profile.

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I chose Bumble because it was rumoured to have more professional men than other apps and I was intrigued by its ature de where women ask men out. I had no intention of writing about my socio-sexual experiences, but as soon as I started my Bumble journey the words began to flow.

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Writing helped me cope with the bizarre things I encountered, and my anthropological insights told me that my observations were unique as well as timely. But what is Bumble all about?

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What does it reveal about feminism and gender in contemporary dating culture? It was very serendipitous.

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However, a honeybee hive is less about sisterhood and more about gendered inequity. Just as female worker bees do the heavy lifting as they care for larvae and their hexagon lair, Bumble women perform the initial dating labour by extending invitation after invitation to potential matches. Bumble men, much like male bees, largely sit and wait for their invites to come. In my five months on Bumble, I created unique opening lines, each of which involved not just work but also a leap of faith.

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Will he respond? Will this one like me?

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Putting myself out there repeatedly made me feel vulnerable, not empowered. Sure, there was some short-lived excitement, but much of my time was spent wondering if they would respond.

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Like the attractive guy with the prickly arms because he shaved them who twirled me around in my dining room but could barely tie his shoes up because his pants were so tight. My digital dating journey was not the effective, empowering experience I hoped for. The women-taking-charge-for-themselves model assumes that we live in a girl-power bubble.

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This creates tensions between users. I learned the hard way that despite our feminist advances, many men are still not comfortable waiting to be asked out. These insights not only shocked me; they impaired my ability to have meaningful dating experiences on Bumble.

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My Bumble experiences reflect the same unfortunate truth, as do other studies about the complex relationship between gender and power relations on dating apps. Using a feminist dating app in a patriarchal world is messy, but also fascinating for what it reveals about sexuality, gender and power in the digital dating universe.

Bumble needs a serious upgrade it if truly wants to empower women and make room for men en route to more meaningful dating experiences.

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Bumble might also consider having users answer questions about gender equity and feminism before matches are generated. This could make digital dating experiences less of a bell jar and more of an equitable mess. The app could add a forum where users can share their various Bumble experiences in ways that encourage safe, engaged dating-related communication. This means having the courage to act on our desires as they surface in the grocery story, the art gallery, or at the subway stop.

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It can be terrifying but also much more exciting than swiping right. Go for it!

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