So I've been fascinated by the recent backlash against gay social hook-up sites by young plus-size men and men of color. They bemoan the rudeness of the medium, the racism, the looksist, ageist and demeaning nature of the actual profiles posted in hook-up sites such as GRNDR, SCRUFF and the like. Genuine anger and angst that the perfectly toned, perfectly muscled, perfectly coifed white boy on the hook-up site is not interested in having sex with anyone who is not perfectly muscled, coifed and white as well.
First, let's be honest. You're on a hook up site because you're lazy. Like buying an item on Amazon.com because you're too lazy to go to the store yourself and buy it. You want just point and click and by the magic of the internet the man of your dreams is just going to show up at your door. The problem is that the supposed "man of your dreams" spends a lot of time in the gym trying to make himself look awesome to potential sex-mates. He eats healthy, maybe takes steroids, works out and works out and works out. He's aged 23 to 27 and looks awesome.
That leads me to my second point. The biggest whiners have admitted they are "heavy", like Huff Post's Mathew Rodriguez admits to being a "queer Latino man of size." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mathew-rodriguez/is-discrimination-on-grindr-killing-gay-sex_b_4558989.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices They complain they can't get the gym bunny into bed. I am sorry, but being overweight says a lot about you. Firstly, it shows you're not into being fit.....unlike the guy in the previous paragraph. If you want to sleep with the hot men, hot men are usually in shape, you should be too. They know it takes work and dedication and the reward is clear: more sex, more options for mates, higher self-esteem, better job opportunities, get invited to better parties etc. etc. The research is there, trim, fit people get more of everything. Know the competitive landscape you're in and adapt to it. You can say "why can't they love me for my personality?" You want to stay fat and have a hot boyfriend you can do two things: make a lot of money, or be the best at something amazing, like photography or sky diving or competitive math. Because being a "winner" at something is totally sexy. However, it won't mean shit to the guy on GRNDR though.
So here's my third point and possibly a fourth one. First, I am not sure if personal sexual preferences rise to the level of racism. I mean yes, it sucks to be a man of color and see "whites only" on lots of personal profiles. However, that guy who only sleeps with a narrow band of the human race, might be an HR manager that hires people of color every day, its just that his penis just might not subscribe to EEOC rules and regulations. Studies are also showing that what is put on the internet is a version of our true selves....so if a guy won't sleep with an Asian/Black/Latino and actually writes it down in his profile....it's highly possible he's a rude jerk. Also there is no rule in social media hook-up sites requiring hot men to sleep with you just because you sent a "hi" to their profile. I know in a perfect world male hotness should be as available as a tub of Ben&Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream. But it's not gurl, and really at the end of the day, empty sex with a hot man, is just about as satisfying.
Finally as any formerly single person interested in hooking-up or getting hitched will tell you....it hard to find the right mate. Dating is a discouraging and time consuming business. And you don't get an award just for "showing up". There are winners and losers, there is heartache, but there is joy and fun and friends to be made in the process. However, thinking that the process will be as easy as sitting on your couch trolling hook-up sites for Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now, gurl.... you're going to be single and horny for quite awhile.