The Best Feminist Dating Apps
Date like a girl.
Bumble, often described as the feminist dating app, was created by Whitney Wolfe, a co-founder of Tinder, after she left the company. What makes it different from other dating apps? Women do the talking.
As described by Business Insider: "both men and women swipe, but only women can start the conversation, and they only have 24 hours from the time they match to start chatting before the connection disappears forever."
Their website explains that, "everyone complains about dating apps. And yet everyone uses them. We hate feeling objectified, but we crave meaningful connections. Siren is a completely different kind of social discovery app. On Siren, there is no swiping. Our question-and-answer model creates a context for conversation, and personalities reveal themselves naturally, just like in real life."
VINA's mission? Well: "At VINA, we’re dedicated to building global communities of women who make each other feel supported, inspired, free, and above all else, happy. It's not a dating app, but it's for adult women who are looking to network and make friends. The website says it's for connecting awesome women for fun, for work, and for life. You know what? We're sold."
According to Huff Post, "Women may join Wyldfire freely, but men can only be invited by an existing female user. Baseline criteria for invitees likely includes “unlikely to send dick pics” and “not interested in dating personally,” thereby creating a pre-approved pool of dateable men."
It's like when you're BFF tries to set you up with a guy she can definitely vouch for. Cool.
5. The League
Via Marie Claire, "With our brand, men shouldn't be texting you at 1 a.m. to come over," says Amanda Bradford, 31, the founder and CEO of The League, an invitation-only dating app that vets career-oriented users via LinkedIn and Facebook.
It's exclusive, but it might be worth it.
No more of that "texting on and on forever" bullshit. On Whim, you essentially add your schedule to the app, and men do the same. You can browse other users, see when you're schedules sync up, and then Whim will do all the work for you and set up a date.
You don't even have to chat first if you don't want to, and it will prevent you from ending up in text pergatory.
Via the HER website: "Meet HER. The app you were waiting for. Made for LGBTQ women, by LGBTQ women. For dating, making friends, reading content, finding out about local events or just chatting away. It's the biggest community for queer people worldwide."
It's about time dating became more inclusive.
8. The Catch
Via Bustle: In a format reminiscent of the old game show The Dating Game, women get to pose three questions and choose men based on their answers. They then score the answers using emoji, and a messaging line opens with the guy with the best scores.
When a woman signs on, she can create a "game," which includes three questions written by her or built into the app, and invite six users either by swiping and matching or by allowing the app to select random people for her.
So, are you ready for some feminist dating?