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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Another Attempt At a Grindr For Straights

Posted by on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Vice's Kat George—doing her best impression of a Jezebel writer (and I mean that as a compliment (I read Jezebel every day, Vice not so much))—interviews the founders of Bang With Friends, a new app that allows you to, well, let Kat explain:

Do you click through your friends' Facebook photos furiously masturbating? No? Well friend, get with the times, because according to the new app “Bang with Friends” everyone has a secret hard-on for their pals, and moreover, a burning desire to, as the moniker would suggest, bang with friends. Bang with Friends allows you to peruse photos of all your Facebook friends, and anonymously select who you’d like to fuck. The friends you chose will only ever find out that you want to bone them if they want to bone you too.... And nevermind that you’re not even consenting to have your image used on this glorified whorehouse (the founders’ email is simply “Online Pimp”), because being sexually objectified is “flattering,” just like being catcalled in the street.

The guys who created Bang With Friends explain what they were thinking:

How do you think people will feel about having their image used as a sexual object without their consent or even knowledge?

Flattered? This happens all of the time offline and online via Facebook. We're all adults here. Let's be honest about our sexuality!

You talk about wanting to take the "awkwardness" out of sex. How is your app doing that?
It can be awkward to breach the subject of your sexual interest in a friend unless you know it's mutual. We take down that barrier. It should be something that is celebrated and open, not something anyone should feel awkward admitting is their goal.

As a woman, I find the homepage image you guys use on your site quite disturbing. An inert, faceless woman on a bed with a dress pulled up over her head doesn't exactly scream "equality for the sexes." Why did you choose a woman and not a man?
We liked the erotic, laid-back, and whimsical nature of the photo. But rest assured, we'll be updating it for the ladies and gents who swing that way.

When I log on, I'm only able to see males from my friends list. Why the heteronormative standard?

To be honest, we built this in two hours and never expected it to take off. We built the most basic version we could to keep it simple and get to the result of getting people bangin buddies! We are working on expanding it to help everyone.

Two things:

1. When did Vice start tossing around Queer Theory lingo like "heteronormative standards"? I thought Vice was proudly heteronormative. And some of the most disturbing images I've ever seen were in Vice.

2. This new attempt at a Grindr for straight people... just might work. A previous attempt, Blendr, didn't take off because it was designed to help people hookup with strangrs. Lots of gay men are into anonymous hookups, and lots of straight men would like to have anonymous hookups, but not that many women are willing to risk 'em. Which is why I predicted that Blendr wouldn't work:

Unless the new Grindr-for-straight-people app—Blendr—is some sort of mashup of Grindr, Angie's List, and Don't Date Him Girl, I don't see it catching on. Men are great, I love men, but the potential negative consequences of hooking up with strange straight men—even if you're just meeting up to discuss your shared love of knitting or French literature (or that's your excuse to meet up)—fall disproportionately on women: unplanned pregnancy, sexually-transmitted infections, rape and other acts of sexual violence. Women are at much greater risk for all of that—particularly those unplanned pregnancies—and women aren't going to be meeting up with random, anonymous guys for random, anonymous sex conversations about knitting and French literature if there's not some feedback/accountability component that essentially vouches for the unknown straight guy trawling Blendr looking for

knitting tips.

By definition the guys a woman meets through Bang With Friends aren't strangers. These are guys that the women on the site know. (In theory at least—some people are Facebook friends with strangers.) And while a woman can certainly be victimized, infected, sexually assaulted, or knocked up by a guy she knows, a woman is more likely to... know something about a guy she knows. She's likelier to have some sense of whether this guy is a good guy or a bad guy, she may know other women he's been with (or, ahem, she may know the woman he's currently with), and she may have some friends in common. That last bit is especially important: a sexually impulsive act with someone in your social circle comes with a degree of social accountability. Anonymous hookups do not. And it's that degree of social accountability that's key, I think, to making a Grindr for straight people work.


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Fair enough. I've come across several situations where I've had a good conversation with someone online, and they wanted to meet me that night. When I said that wasn't going to happen, they decided I must not be interested, or tried to pressure me. Good riddance, obviously. But I suppose I sort of interpreted your comment in 60 as, not so much being that sort of attitude, but having the possibility of becoming it. Sorry for the confusion.
Posted by KateRose on February 11, 2013 at 7:22 AM · Report this
I was presuming a situation where the woman and I had originally made contact on a dating site and that had gone well, had done the coffee shop meet and it went well, and we're now on our first date which I had thought was going well. If she then starts talking about her policy of waiting a month, I'll interpret that as not really interested.

I was responding to 59's "Would you rather wait a month and then have sex, or go back to contacting people and potentially waiting for months?" which implies that she thinks that that's how men are going to perceive the options she's giving them, and trying, clumsily, to say that they won't perceive the situation that way. They'll be less optimistic about the first option or more optimistic about the second, and in any case it's not an either/or option.
Posted by Old Crow on February 8, 2013 at 5:08 PM · Report this
@59 There's certainly nothing wrong with feeling this way about casual sex. But I do have to agree with sissoucat that there is a huge difference between casual sex and random sex. I've done both. Random sex can be fun, but depending on the context does leave me feeling a little squicky. Casual sex, however has proven to be a valued part of my sex life. I have had friends that I've been able to have a sexual relationship with, without worrying about it turning into something serious, but also with the benefit of having sex with someone I cared about, who cared about me as well. So, just because it's casual does not mean it's without meaning or feelings.

@60 Guys that have talking to me on dating sites? You're lucky if I'm willing to meet you IN PERSON within a month, let alone have sex with you. It's a lot harder to recognize the pervs online. And if you try to get me to hang out with you within a few hours of our first messages? You'll probably lose any chance you might've had because I'll be wondering if you're a serial killer.
Posted by KateRose on February 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM · Report this
@59: If I meet a woman on a dating site (paid or unpaid) and she tells me she'd prefer to wait a month, what I'll hear, based on past experience, is "I am not and never will be interested in any sort of relationship with you, but I'll be polite to spare your pride." Because that's what women have meant when they've said this to me before and I've been naive enough to call them again. I'll certainly be polite back to her, but I won't call her again.
Posted by Old Crow on February 8, 2013 at 12:38 PM · Report this
@58, I'm hardly one to call anyone a prude, especially since I'm middle-aged and I've only had intercourse with two men.

I've decided that I'm a relationship person. I need trust to feel comfortable being naked with someone, and I don't trust anyone on the third date. Especially when they don't bring up STIs, I do, and I've never had a date provide test results. The awful FWB supposedly got tested but said the clinic only provided results if he had something, so he never did provide me with any proof (I've tested negative twice for everything).

My opinion is that for guys, bad sex beats no sex, and for me, no sex (or solo sex) is better than bad sex. Most (or at leas a lot) of the guys on the free dating sites are really looking for this Grindr type of hookup, but they don't want to be honest about it because they figure they've got a better shot if you actually meet them than if they tell you up front they are only looking for sex and women who don't want that refuse to ever meet with them in the first place.

I laugh because the two guys who basically accused me of being immature for waiting to have sex (and again, I'm middle aged), neither one had his own place. One had a job but no car and the other had a car but no job.

Right now I'm at the point where I'd prefer to wait a month, and I have no problem telling that. Would you rather wait a month and then have sex, or go back to contacting people and potentially waiting for months? Plus I agree with you that waiting is much hotter. The anticipation is the best part, even when you are actually having sex.
Posted by Lemon Laws on February 7, 2013 at 3:25 PM · Report this
sissoucat 58
@57 Random hookup is not FWB relationship - although both are casual sex.

Call me a prude, but since I've become decided to have an ethical and responsible sex life (at around 35), I haven't had make-out sessions with guys without first having discussed : STI status and showed each other recent tests (and planned for another test) ; condoms ; my exigence of oral before vaginal - and having made sure we were on the same line on all that.

Women get to say no on sex, and get to say no on kisses too. You don't have to lower your expectations to match those of randos, especially if they are jerks.

Sure my way is not spontaneous, and it might look less "romantic", but having to wait a week or two skirms the assholes, and I find waiting a bit much hotter anyway.
Posted by sissoucat on February 7, 2013 at 2:29 AM · Report this
Straight woman here. One attempt at a FWB relationship that resulted in absolutely horrible sex, and now I have zero interest in FWB or casual sex. Why? How about the fact that only 11% of women have an orgasm when having casual sex, I'm most likely not in that 11%, and that not one of the guys I've dated in the past few years has been mature enough to discuss STIs before initiating a make-out session? Also, lots of guys (although I'm sure none of you Savage Love fans) are condom-averse, including Mr. Terrible FWB. So given my choice of grabbing my vibrator and being guaranteed an orgasm or risking no-orgasm sex with a rando who doesn't want to wear a condom and will probably lie about his STI exposure, the vibrator wins every time. I think Dan is right on this one. Most women don't want NSA sex because we're more likely to get off with someone who cares about us and cares if we get off.
Posted by Lemon Laws on February 6, 2013 at 8:45 PM · Report this
sissoucat 56
@46 I don't get you. How is one supposed to find out whether something one has heard is true, or a tired stereotype, without trying to get feedback on that very same thing ?
You seem to know so many things, you should know that asking about stuff is not positing it's true.

@44 Valid point.

@36 Oh, nice, why not, next time you're coming to France ?
Posted by sissoucat on February 6, 2013 at 6:43 AM · Report this
Tim Horton 55
@52 - The study you mentioned is here?…

And this, my friends, is why Bang with Friends won't work. If you are female your male friends will probably have sex with you. You don't need an app for that.

@44 - Of course there is a male desire to have emotionally satisfying sex with a steady partner. That doesn't exclude the competing desire to supplement that with NSA sex with friends and strangers. I assumed this was a shared trait among the genders, but reading this week's Savage Love on cuckolding, apparently lots of women really don't want that.
Posted by Tim Horton on February 6, 2013 at 6:13 AM · Report this
James McDaniel 54
Sounds like a clone of Tinder -
Posted by James McDaniel on February 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM · Report this
I'm pretty sure I've seen this scheme before.


Just go to our site and tell us the name and email address of anyone you think it might have been, and we'll tell you if you were right!

So you go and put in the four or five people you think it might have been. Of course, ten minutes later, they all get "OMG OPEN THIS EMAIL" messages in their mailboxes, claiming that one of their friends (you) think they're hot, and the cycle begins again. Even if you do happen to guess the person who submitted your name, you have no way of knowing whether they were really interested or whether it was just a guess borne out of curiosity.
Posted by Slartibartfast on February 5, 2013 at 11:22 PM · Report this
@43: I can't comment on the age of Dan's readership generally, but I'm 21, and I've taken more advantage of "the hook-up culture" than most people my age have. My observances come partly from the fact that I HAVE had fuckbuddy deals with a couple of my male friends and have noticed how extraordinarily uncommon that is among people my age, mostly because most other girls my age don't even seem to consider such an arrangement. The guy friends I asked practically jumped at the chance. YMMV, but the study I read from Scientific American basically bears that out.
Posted by alguna_rubia on February 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 51
@47: Either you have no girlfriend/wife, or you've got no female friends. Both is a possibility, I imagine.
Posted by undead ayn rand on February 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM · Report this
@44 - so true. The "men are dogs" stereotype just doesn't jibe with life experience. There are always players of both sexes around, but most people are in relationships or married and men fall head over heels in love just as much as women, if not more.
Posted by CLDG on February 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM · Report this
Lance Thrustwell 49
@47 - Well, you may have a point. But I maintain that the risk of something like this happening is just too great for any reasonably cautious guy to do it to anyone EXCEPT someone he feels he really has a shot with - in which case he doesn't need the app at all!
Posted by Lance Thrustwell on February 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM · Report this
Reverend Tap 48
@47: You need to find better female friends, dude.
Posted by Reverend Tap on February 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM · Report this
Lance Thrustwell 47
#19 is basically on target, but go further; any man with half a brain - *especially* a man with a girlfriend or wife - wouldn't be caught DEAD using this app. Why? Because there's a very good chance that most straight women will sign in and pick 'want to bang,' or whatever it is, for EVERY male friend they have, just to smoke out the pervs. Then they will reveal said strategy in a Facebook post, and possibly the names of the guys who chose them (if they're vindictive and gossipy), with the possible exception of the one guy they actually want to 'bang.' Girl wins, guys lose. Same story, different app.
Posted by Lance Thrustwell on February 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this
@39 "...they had a lot more experience with women and relationships ?"
No, those older men were probably more receptive to your straightforwardness because they were more secure with themselves then the younger guys you approached.

"How hard it is, not to think in stereotypes."

If you don't want people to think in stereotypes please stop asking stereotype-based questions such as:

"are women choosier than men...."
"Do we, as a group, so often lie on what exactly we want..."
Posted by consensual_nonconsent on February 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM · Report this
Dougsf 45
Didn't there used to be an app for this called "Friendster"?

This app isn't going to result in more practical jokes than sex.
Posted by Dougsf on February 5, 2013 at 2:06 PM · Report this
Research has shown that most men are a good deal less interested in NSA sex than the mainstream cultural stereotype of sex-crazed males would like us to believe. While there are certainly plenty of men who just want to hook up without any further obligations, or who will have sex with "anything that moves", provided it moves on the next morning, they're apparently in the minority by a larger margin than one would guess from cultural depictions of men.

The notion that most guys would like to have a steady regular sex partner is not so suprising - regular sex with someone who likes you and isn't (too) crazy is generally better than sporadic sex with randoms who may not like you that much, may be crazy, and generally require a lot more effort/convincing to have sex. And if you're one of these relationship-seekers, the prevailing assumption/pressure to be a nonstop pussyhound (I'm not sure how this relates to gay men) is likely to make you keep quiet about it, for fear of appearing less "manly".

Which is unfortunate for both men and women. Sex in this country is so pathologically fucked up.…
Posted by Chase on February 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Are we too old for this app? :) Reading the comments, I'm getting the impression that we are mostly 30-somethings and above, with a few early 30s and late 20s... maybe this app would still succeed with the younger set, those who may not let their brains and their consequences get in the way of their lust yet. It may still work with the hookup generation.

As a secondary observation: Is Dan's readership getting old???
Posted by dccc on February 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM · Report this
@24: " ... If it was named "Wanna go for coffee?" ..."
First, you're Tim Horton, so stop shilling for business.

Second, (and I speak from personal experience in the years after my divorce when the last goddamn thing I wanted on this planet was romantic or sexual entanglement) the one thing guaranteed to convince a woman that you want into her pants is absolute firmness on the point of "this is just friendly, that's it". Send that message and the woman will interpret it as if you just handed her a list of hotels. I do not know what that is. I just know it to be so.
Posted by seeker6079 on February 5, 2013 at 1:29 PM · Report this
"It won't work, for the reason that Theodore Gorath said. Women still don't want to fuck most of their male friends. " That's the bottom line. If you are friends with a woman, chances are she has already made the decision that she (a) doesn't want to fuck you, or (b) may find you sexually attractive but NEVER fuck you because fucking you would destroy at worst or imperil at best whatever benefits she gets out of being your friend and not your lover or (c) if she's the relationship type she may have already decided that however fuckworthy you are you aren't relationship material.

Look, there's a reason why some of the biggest laughs Chris Rock gets is when he does his "Friend Zone" routine. Yeah, I know, some friends later fuck and even get hitched. They are exceptions, not the rule.
Posted by seeker6079 on February 5, 2013 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Tim Horton 40
@38 - I used the term "single" to refer to "not married" rather than actually single. Your point is well taken.
Posted by Tim Horton on February 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM · Report this
As an aside, if men weren't honestly interested in having NSA sex with a large fraction of female acquaintances, the prostitution industry wouldn't exist.
Posted by Old Crow on February 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM · Report this
Mr. Horton:
How could you have been single but still have had a girlfriend?
Maybe your married lady-friend was freaked out by your grasp of words?
Posted by migrationist on February 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM · Report this
@35: I don't think it's experience. I do know that for me, personally, I've always been attracted to women my age and younger. I presume that's typical. Any more than a couple of years older than me and they're not on the list, although I think I may be atypical in *that*.

I have a couple of single women friends whom I would be love to have NSA sex with... if I could be guaranteed it would actually be NSA. But even though they are friends (not just facebook "friends"), and even though I have found them to be absolutely honest in the past and would believe them on 99% of topics, I wouldn't believe them if they claimed they were interested in NSA sex with me. Not because of experience, but because it sets off my "this is too good to be true" alarms, and because the grief if they change their minds is so much worse than the benefit of having sex once or a few times that even a small risk that they change their minds is not worth taking.

Now if one would actually like to have a relationship with the woman, the possibility that she might change her mind about only wanting NSA sex is not such a problem ;). I suspect your older gents would have been happy if you'd changed your mind and decided you wanted a relationship.
Posted by Old Crow on February 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM · Report this
Tim Horton 36
@29 - it has been a decade since I was single, but when I was single in my 20s none of the relationships that were purportedly casual at the beginning stayed that way. Even the married woman 12 years older than me who propositioned me in my early 20s under the pretense of NSA (and rocked my world for several months) freaked out on me when she learned I had a girlfriend.

In my experience, even if women say they are looking for NSA, the combination of having good sex with someone they like usually leads to feelings. The difference for me is that I am totally down for having just sex with someone I don't find particularly attractive and have nothing in common with, because it feels really good to have sex, and after a while, sex becomes a physical need rather than a "want." Not sure how universally "male" this is, but considering the phenominon of straight men getting NSA Blow Jobs from gay men, it sounds like I am not alone.

FWIW, I would be much more likely to believe in the potential for pure NSA with an older woman coming out of a divorce, than a single friend on FB. So....wanna grab coffee?
Posted by Tim Horton on February 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM · Report this
sissoucat 35
@34 - Oh, then that would explain why the older guys were much more receptive : they had a lot more experience with women and relationships ? I thought they were simply disregarding the weird directness of my approach because I was younger than them and a flattering conquest as such... How hard it is, not to think in stereotypes.

@16 I wonder : are women choosier than men, or are men more prone to boasting when evaluating the number of female friends they would be ready to have sex with ? If they were asked to actually go though with it, would they really ?
Posted by sissoucat on February 5, 2013 at 12:25 PM · Report this
@29 As much as guys say they would like women to be more up front and to take initiative, for some guys that is very rare that when it does happen they doubt the woman and think there has to be more to it. But really this doubt comes from their own insecurities.
Posted by consensual_nonconsent on February 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM · Report this
@16 GhostDog, your comment made me sad and reminded me of an old friend, so if I am way off on my interpretation, please excuse the projection and just ignore me.

"the idea of walking up and talking with someone I'm sexually interested in causes a physical panic reaction."

"And also don't forget that the only routes out there to learn how to talk with people you are attracted to are so absolutely slimy..."

I have to wonder -- why is talking to people you want to have sex with/are attracted to so inherently different than talking to other people? Especially at the initial conversation stages? These people you like, you do realize they are still people and not just sex objects, yes? So try talking to them in a friendly way instead of worrying about witty one liners (which rarely work as well as sincere interest anyway). There is plenty of help out there to learn social networking skills, but since you interact with others at work just fine, I would guess that what you need is not a lesson in how to "talk to people" but rather an attitude/expectation adjustment. I'd recommend to just practice talking to people you find attractive as if they weren't people you want to have sex with but rather just people you would like to get to know. After all, what are you going to lose?
Posted by asdfg on February 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM · Report this
It seems like the makers of this app are trying to be tongue-in-cheek by using the word "bang" when referring to casual sex, not to mention their How It Works section (How to Bang as they put it) however, it comes off as very juvenile and this is why it will fail. It's like teenagers trying to find a way to "score".
Posted by consensual_nonconsent on February 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
I don't find this sort of app threatening. Anyone I'm friends with on Facebook can already see all pf my pics, and if they want to wank to photos of me, they've probably already done so. I'm not going to use an app like this but I have no objection to it existing and people who want to using it. I don't expect it will take off, but who knows?
Posted by random_lez on February 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
@16: I'm not saying that women don't like sex as much as men. They do. It's just that women are choosier about who they have sex with than men are. There have been studies which showed that most men would have sex with their female friends if the opportunity arose and most women wouldn't have sex with their male friends if the opportunity arose. It's not a universal thing, but generally, men are much more willing to have casual sex than women are in general, and it's not just the "stranger danger" factor.
Posted by alguna_rubia on February 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this
sissoucat 29
@24 Yep, I felt that the level of relationship truly expected by the woman is giving many headaches to men.

Do we, as a group, so often lie on what exactly we want, that guys are afraid to take us at our word when one of us - freshly out of a long reationship, who just seeks casual sex to prove to herself that she's still desirable - says : "would you be interested in casual sex" ?
Posted by sissoucat on February 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this
@21 I see where you are coming from and I totally agree.

The "danger" element for guys is being asked to commit to someone they don't have an interest in and having to tell that person the truth.

source: @24
Posted by consensual_nonconsent on February 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM · Report this
fannerz 27
Oh Jesus, this is so dumb. If you are my friend and I want to bang with you (is that how the verb works?) you would already know. Because I would have told you. And we would have banged with each other already, if you also wanted to.
Posted by fannerz on February 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM · Report this
sissoucat 26
@22 Thanks ! Honest mistake. Not native, and it seems I read too much Terry Pratchett for my sake. Vampires talk a lot about trying "feminine viles" in deep Uberwaldean accent in there...
Posted by sissoucat on February 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Reverend Tap 25
While I can appreciate what these guys are trying to do, if you aren't brave/confident enough to manage talking to your FRIENDS about sex and the fact that you find them attractive, you really aren't going to do yourself any favors by trying to hook up with them via an app. At best, you'll look like a jr-high-schooler passing "do you like me yes/no" notes in class. At worst, creep-tastic. Ditch the app, put on a clean shirt, down a couple beers if you need to and go talk to your goddamn friends.
Posted by Reverend Tap on February 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM · Report this
Tim Horton 24
@21 - I plead guilty to oversimplifying.

Also, for all my bravado, in my single days, I also turned down a few NSA casual hook-ups because of the "danger" element. Generally, the danger factor was that I didn't really like the person and didn't want to be a prick about leading her on with being available for something other than a quick romp. Decent men can still be afraid of being called an asshole for not calling someone back after sleeping with them, even if the initial pretense was nothing other than for sex.

@16 - I don't think men like sex more than women. I do think, for reasons that may be some combination of physical/evolutionary/cultural men do seek far more NSA relationships than women. (source:craigslist casual encounters m4m & m4w v. w4m). The app at issue is titled "Bang with Friends." If it was named "Wanna go for coffee?" it would likely attract a more balanced sex ratio.
Posted by Tim Horton on February 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM · Report this
Yeah, that 95% - is that picturing a college/20's crowd? And there's a big difference between being attracted to a friend and actually having sex with them. There are a lot of reasons people don't act on attractions (probably one or the other not being willing to cheat on a current partner would be #1).
Posted by CLDG on February 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM · Report this
kitschnsync 22
@21, maybe next time you should try your wiles instead.
Posted by kitschnsync on February 5, 2013 at 10:57 AM · Report this
sissoucat 21
@6 and 7 : I think you're oversimplifying.

Men can be picky too. And they are easily frightened by women who dare to ask them out, especially if they are a bit older.

Years ago, when I suddenly became separated, I tried to hook up, in an avowedly casual way, sucessively with two men I knew and came to fancy. They were about 5 years younger than me. One ran away screaming (he was still living with his parents at 30) and the second one was asked at the same time by another, younger woman, whom he prefered. Then I tried my viles on male friends 10-20 years older than me. Those were pretty happy to oblige. They were good lovers, too.

Saying to women that 90% of their male friends will want casual sex with them is not true, and can lead to unreasonable assumptions - and pretty bad deceptions.

Guys can assess situations too, and they are able to use their brain to consider that even for casual sex, someone is too much of a "danger" for them. Someone older, someone just recently separated, someone with kids, and suddenly they are a lot less eager...
Posted by sissoucat on February 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 20
Amendment: by "have a great time" I mean "have unlimited opportunities for sex". How great it will be is another matter entirely.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on February 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 19
Here's how this will play out:

1. For the overwhelming majority of straight men who use this, absolutely nothing will change.

2. A lot of straight women will sign on out of sheer curiosity, and be horrified to find out how many of their male friends sincerely want to fuck them.

3. A subset of straight women will have a great time.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on February 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM · Report this
undead ayn rand 18
"Online pimp"? Yawn. This isn't Grindr for straights, this is thedirty levels of hair grease oozing through the touchscreen.
Posted by undead ayn rand on February 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM · Report this
watchout5 17
I wouldn't use this if you paid me. I'm sure someone will find something of value, but not this guy.
Posted by watchout5 on February 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM · Report this
GhostDog 16
A few things.

A. Reading things like this and the comments about the whole "straight guys are super stressed" make me absolutely thrilled that I am no longer single.

B. I find it interesting that nobody has spoken up with the defense of, "But women like to have sex too!" and in more than once instance have actually very strongly insinuated that women don't like sex as much as men(I'm looking at you 6, 7, and 14).

And #4, you either don't know much about people or are being disingenuous. In your face rejection sucks. Coming up with witty one liners and trying to figure out ways to be interesting in the specific way that will allow you be appealing is, at best, very, very challenging and at worst, almost impossible.

Hell, I talk to people for a living and the idea of walking up and talking with someone I'm sexually interested in causes a physical panic reaction.

And also don't forget that the only routes out there to learn how to talk with people you are attracted to are so absolutely slimy that people are labeled a proto-rapist super creep just for thinking about them.
Posted by GhostDog on February 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM · Report this
ryanayr 15
The OKCupid ap is already Grindr for straights. Get with the times.
Posted by ryanayr on February 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM · Report this
It won't work, for the reason that Theodore Gorath said. Women still don't want to fuck most of their male friends.

Also, here's a secret about women: some of us know that if we ask, our single male friends are available. Even if they themselves don't want to hook up with us, they are extremely helpful in finding someone to sleep with us if we just want to fuck and don't want anything else at the moment.
Posted by alguna_rubia on February 5, 2013 at 9:37 AM · Report this
alternately, you could send a mutual friend of the guy you might like to hook up with (whatever that means) to bring him a handwritten note saying " Do you like me, circle yes or no" to him, and then play it off like your friend pulled a trick on you if he circles no!
Posted by Caralain on February 5, 2013 at 9:36 AM · Report this
seatackled 12
How long before people check out if their siblings are there, just so they know?
Posted by seatackled on February 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 11
and you wonder why my cortisol levels are so high.
Posted by Max Solomon on February 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM · Report this
A potential hitch. I went on there and simply selected everyone on there I was attracted enough to to sleep with. I'm not actually going to sleep with any of them at the moment.
Posted by cpt. tim on February 5, 2013 at 9:07 AM · Report this
I can't speak for the website, but Vice magazine itself has some of the best investigative reporting in the hemisphere and touches on a lot of subjects Stranger either ignores or dismisses. It's no more heteronormative than anything I read in this birdcage liner.
Posted by johnjjeeves on February 5, 2013 at 8:58 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 8
Haha, thanks for proving my point Mr. Horton!
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 7
Men tend to assume that female friends they are physically attracted to are also somewhat into them, but when you ask the females, they typically harbor no attraction at all, and so assume that the male also harbors no attraction. This app will likely just be filled with dudes and sex workers.

To all the ladies out there: your male friends, if given the chance, will most likely bang you. They are willing to also be your friends, but they would gladly have sex with you if you opened that gate.

It is very heavy duty wiring, but not hooked up in the most elegant way.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 5, 2013 at 8:54 AM · Report this
Tim Horton 6
This isn't going to work either.

Let's leave aside the big question of whether men want sex - or quasi anonymous NSA sex - more than women.

On average, men have much lower standards for a sexual hook-up than women. Just glancing through my FB friends, I would be willing to have NSA sex with about 95-97% of my female friends. Assuming 95% of "female friends of Horton" don't feel the same way, you still have the original problem of a few men having sexual access to a lot of women and the rest of the saps finding scarcity.

Posted by Tim Horton on February 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM · Report this
Yes, every time we walk out the door, people will be evaluating us as potential sexual partners. But you know why that's not (very) offensive? Because said evaluators are discreet about it. They're not taking out the awkwardness; they're taking out the class.

People should have to opt in to Bang with Friends, to specifically give their permission for their images to be used in this way. Not opt out. Opt in.
Posted by DRF on February 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM · Report this
Afreet 4
Hey. Here's an idea....If you want to hook up with someone, GO FUCKING TALK TO THEM. Be flirtatious. See if they flirt back. It's not rocket science.
Posted by Afreet on February 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
God I fucking hate that stupid euphamism: "hook-up."

It means anything from anal gangbang orgies to a kiss.

A term with a thousand meanings has no meaning at all.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM · Report this
So, given the heteronormative standard, is there box for guys to select "all females"?
Posted by LML on February 5, 2013 at 8:29 AM · Report this
When in doubt, make an app.
Posted by Capitol Hill Kid on February 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM · Report this

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