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Smart idea or a little sexist?

New dating app hides women’s profile photos from potential suitors


Tinder might be all the rage, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a wealth of viable alternatives for those with mobile phones looking for some company. A new service called ‘Siren’ is one of many new dating applications for smartphone users, but it’s one with a slight twist on the traditional premise. In an effort to better “protect” women from, well, the legions of creepy men out there, Siren actually hides all female members’ photos from males. That means no profile photo, no nothing; if you’re a man on Siren, all you’ll have to go by is a few short strings of text a member might provide on their profile.

While I can definitely see the purpose in this – women are targets of sexual harassment on Tinder and other similar services all the time, and it’s undoubtably a huge issue that’s worth trying to solve. But I do wonder if this goes too far in the other direction, if this is perhaps a little sexist against men. After all, women have the ability to search through men’s photos willy nilly; a women could, and in some cases certainly will, choose to deny contact with a man based on appearances alone. But a man can only take a look at a woman’s photos if she’s already deemed him worthy, and something about that doesn’t sit quite right with me.

Perhaps a better alternative would have been to make this a feature of the service for all members. Anyone, man or woman, has their profiles hidden and only revealed once an interested member approves a request. Imagine – a world where we all base our decisions based on personalities alone. What a world that would be!

Via: Engadget