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Man tries dating online as a woman, quits almost immediately

Posted by Karyn Polewaczyk  January 15, 2014 09:15 AM

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This story sort of blew up the Internet yesterday: a guy—nay, Reddit user—decided he wanted to prove how "easy" women have it when it comes to online dating. So, he set up a fake profile (I'm presuming on OKCupid, given the username in the accompanying thread), where he posed as a lady. After he was bombarded with the standard hype that real women who date online have to deal with—sexually aggressive come-ons; angry men who flip a switch upon dismissal; creeps, in general—almost immediately, he quit. After two hours.

As he put it,

"I figured I would get some weird messages here and there, but what I got was an onslaught of people who were, within minutes of saying hello, saying things that made me as a dude who spends most of his time on 4chan uneasy," he wrote about his experience. "I ended up deleting my profile at the end of 2 hours and kind of went about the rest of my night with a very bad taste in my mouth. I came away thinking that women have it so much harder than guys do when it comes to that kind of stuff."

Cue the smug nods and/or smirks from the ladies who are like, "Child, please," and this gem from Destiny's Child, because love is a battlefield, etc.

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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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