"On one hand it's meant to be taken seriously, because I do want people to realize that this is a problem, but on the other hand it's meant to make you laugh, because it's kind of funny." QUIT HIDING BEHIND A SCREEN These kind of forward inquiries, or pick-up lines, from men to women aren't anything new, of course.Many a man has endured a slap or two inside a bar (or fancy restaurant), but there's usually a line they won't cross.In a virtual world things are different: The advent of online dating profiles allows the user to construct a version of themselves that doesn't exist in the real world.
Earlier this year, she inherited a Facebook page called Tinderella, for which she is a co-administrator.
The page chronicles some of the obscene messages sent to women from dating sites — even in general correspondence — and invites women from all over the world to post some of their exchanges.
"I want women to see that they're not alone and that there is someone else out there that does receive these messages," said the 28-year-old, who doles out comical responses to the offending authors.
Silive reporter interviews three women who endure everything from obscene sexual requests to scandalous photographs as they navigate the online dating scene. Charley Ferrer says face-to-face intereaction is the way to go. MOVING FAST IS CREEPY For the last four months Elizabeth Geoghegan says she hasn't found anything promising about her digital dates.
You may take the time to pick out some flowers or plan a nice meal out at one of the Island's great Italian spots, but before you get to this critical point it would behoove you to re-consider some of the more, shall we say, sexually forward pick-up lines — especially in the world of online dating.
— Guys, let's face it, dating can be a tedious process, what with having to properly groom, color-coordinate your shoes and generally trying to not smell bad.
The Charleston resident says innocent compliments from men on dating sites quickly segue into explicit sexual fantasies. ' and then that escalated into 'hey honey, hey sweetie,' ...
"It just goes from 'You look so beautiful' to 'You look even more beautiful if you were having sex with me,'" the 29-year-old said with a chuckle. and then the messages started to get kind of creepy." Creepy indeed.
"I've gotten everything from 'come sit on my face' to ... just anything and everything you can think of." Bulls Head resident Sarah Cohen, who entered the online dating world after a 2013 break-up, echoed the same sentiment. Everything from inquiries about the type of under garments to boudoir preferences have been sent to her and countless other women from men, ages 18-55, on sites like OK Cupid, Plenty of Fish and the increasingly-popular dating app, Tinder.
CLOTHING IS NOT OPTIONAL "'Let me see you naked, I won't talk to you unless you're naked,' these are regular messages," Cohen added.
"I usually try to come back with a snappy, witty comeback," Geoghegan said.