Dating sites are even worse that I’d expected April 19, 2011Posted by Summerspeaker in Feminism, Queer politics, Technology.
Inspired by a discussion on RevLeft, I decided to check out OkCupid. The site immediately demands a binary gender identification. It gives you a grand total of six gender and sexuality options: female/straight, female/gay, female/bisexual, male/straight, male/gay, and male/bisexual. Talk about squishing folks into boxes! This makes Jaron Lanier’s critique of the reductionism in social networking resonate more with me, though of course ey hardly mentions gender and sexuality. This piece by ~My-God-Issa-Girl seems appropriate. The worthwhile aim of connecting people for emotional and sexual relationships simultaneously reinforces dominant conceptions, annihilates complexity to produce marketable statistics, and excludes folks at the margins like myself. Hence my skepticism about the freeing powers of digital communications systems.