Gendering the self in online dating discourse markers

14-Dec-2017 23:03

A former dating app moderator that we spoke to reported that she witnessed a male dating app user admit to molesting a minor, but the dating app platform had no tools to flag or respond to the issue.Racialized youth we interact with note that dating apps’ marketing often showcases images of happy, White, heterosexual couples with little diversity.According to this Pew Research (2016) study dating app users report experiencing high levels of harassment, and particularly on the most popular apps.Moreover, unsurprisingly, women are being harassed much more than men.Instagram accounts like @byefelipe and @feminist_tinder (now deactivated) that are based in the US/Australia have been documenting instances of men turning aggressive, abusive and threatening when faced with rejection or disinterest from women on dating apps.

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Young people are harmed by acts of cyberviolence including abuses of trust, exposing details of their private life to the public, objectification of their bodies, removing their ability to control the lines of communication, and excluding them from social communication.

Young people note that men have the power to share intimate pictures and are ‘expected to do this’; whereas women are ‘supposed’ to be ‘chaste’ and sharing photos could damage their personal value and self-worth as women.

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