Grindr Guy: “What are you looking for”
Me: “Friends, Fun, whatever goes”
Grindr Guy: “Can you host?”
Me: “No, sorry”
Grindr Guy: “You can come over?”
Me: “Can we meet first somewhere for a drink?”
Grindr Guy: “Why don’t you just come over, and we can fuck”
Me: “I would prefer to meet somewhere first”
Grindr Guy: “Why don’t you want to come over?”
Me: “Because I’ve never met you, and I don’t feel comfortable with that. That’s kind of where I set my boundaries.”
Grindr Guy: “Boundaries? Why? Are you scared I’m going to rape you?”
Adjusting to dating life after a (tumultuous) long term relationship has had it’s added stresses with the advent of these dating apps; which did not exist the last time I was single.
Time and time again, I come across (gay, cis) guys who outright refuse to respect boundaries, and to be blunt – it’s really fucked up.
By all means, be upfront about what you are looking for – I’d much rather have all of this (honest) information laid out in front of me before we meet/hook up, but when someone puts down a boundary of where they feel safe, why is it that some gay guys think it’s okay to push around it?
Guys – we have some serious work to do.
We know, as gay guys, that the hurt that homophobia and heteronormativity has in society is rooted in the power that it has. Decades of gay, queer, trans*, black, women and feminist organizing has fought to challenge the way that power is exercised in it’s various forms to hurt, oppress, and subjugate “The Other”. Challenging the way that power is accessed, and used to hurt people is at the heart of how we can truly be free.
But how many of us gay, guys are navigating this toxic dating community, and aren’t saying anything?
In love and solidarity,