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What's he really like? You don't need an app to tell you

Posted by Karyn Polewaczyk  November 21, 2013 02:20 PM

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What’s he really like? You could find out for yourself.

But don’t tell that to the subscribers of Lulu, a new app that let’s women anonymously rank their male counterparts for the benefit of other curious (and, perhaps, co-dependent) women.

The app, which is linked to a user’s Facebook account, operates using a preset series of questions and hashtags linked to each man’s Lulu profile. Depending upon the answers provided (#RespectsWomen and #BigFeet are among the myriad of options), a man receives a score on a scale of 1-10, which is then posted to his profile—a profile, it seems, he might not be aware of, since women have the option to sign up their “friends” without permission—for other women to use as a judgment call.

Because according to Erin Foster, who was interviewed by the New York Times,

“Dating without a reference is the scariest thing you can do. Meeting someone out in the world when you’re not in school or don’t work with each other or have mutual friends — you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into.”

“Scariest.” Right.

I have so many issues with Lulu, beginning with the fact that it refers to women as “girls” (though according to the site, a woman as young as 17 is eligible to sign up, so technically, I guess that’s on point). I don’t like that it operates based on fear, instead of encouraging people to take chances on each other—the very activity that helps you get to know other people to begin with. And I’m particularly bothered by the anonymous nature of the site; as I pointed out above, a man might have no idea he’s even on Lulu unless a kindred spirit fills him in—and even then, he has to request to have his information removed.

If you really want to know what someone’s like, hang out with them. Talk to them. See if there’s chemistry. Then again, if you’re the kind of person whose opinion is heavily influenced by other people, then #HashtagAway.

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Karyn Polewaczyk lives and writes in Boston, and believes that heading out into that good night, like any adventure, begins with the first step. Let's Go Out is a conversation about dating and nightlife in our notoriously chilly city, with first-hand tips from the trenches. Karyn's writing, which focuses largely on women's lifestyle topics, has appeared in the Weekly Dig, Jezebel, xoJane, Northshore Magazine and, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @KarynPolewaczyk.

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