The Homer Half-Hour Podcast #18: Tinder and Bumble

Fair warning: We went a little long on this episode. But how can you blame us? When you start thinking about gender in relation to dating apps, especially ones as ubiquitous as Tinder and Bumble, the big ideas are right there in front of you. And since masculinity is our tipple, we talk about self-presentation, social isolation, self-confidence, hegemonic ideals of masculinity, control, vulnerability—man, the list goes on. We hope you also come to the conclusion that 35 minutes is okay this once.

We mention a whole bunch of stuff in this episode, too, which you can check out before or after you read it.

First there’s this piece by Alana Massey, ‘The Dickonomics of Tinder‘. It’s still probably my favourite piece about Tinder ever.

Then there’s these two pieces on The New Inquiry by Alicia Eler and Eve Peyser, about how Tinder is a game, not a dating service, and how it changes the way we feel.

We also mention a study about social isolation and young men, and another piece by a bit of a ranter on how being unwilling to approach women in real life is Tinder’s fault and it’s making men less manly. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to be directed to them.

I really hope you enjoy this episode because Jeremy and I very much enjoyed making it. You can find it on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn. If you like it, please leave us a review! Thanks for listening.

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