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The blog A(n)nals of Online Dating is, like a lot of things involving online dating, both hilarious and horrifying at the same time. The blog catalogs the highly ineffective habits of the most clueless and/or offensive would-be romancers online. I’m sure there are terrible female daters out there as well, but the blog mostly focuses on the dudes, many of whom are not entirely dissimilar from the sorts of guys I write about here all the time: angry, undersocialized misogynists who desire women (or at least their vaginas) as much as they hate and fear them. Luckily for the women of the online dating world, most of these men make their odiousness so plain that it is unlikely they will ever score even a single date.

Here are a few of my recent favorites.

Bachelor Number One I’ll call the Master Debater. He sent the following missive to at least one woman online, hoping, apparently, to spark a little discussion, and perhaps a little romance: 

I love to debate. I feel that Im very good at it. I see the Feminist Movement as a CIA funded political agitation mechanism. Many men feel that the Feminist Movement is anti-male, but I feel that its anti everybody. It hurts everyone that comes into contact with it.

My question to you is, would you be able to offer a rebuttal to what I just asserted without resorting to personal attack 
Able, or willing? I think any number of potential respondents would be more than able to offer a critique without resorting to namecalling. But what would be the fun of that?

Let’s move on to Bachelor Number Two, a guy I’ll call Mr. Optimistic, a fellow who actually thinks he can cajole twentysomething women into having hot sex with him by, among other things, suggesting that women over 31 are unfuckable monsters. (Hint: With  few exceptions, women under 31 will eventually be women over 31.) In his dating profile, Mr. O explains that ladies messaging him should be: 
reasonably tall …  passionate and intelligent so as to be good company, sexually liberated, and attractive – really attractive, fat chics need not apply (hehe, I’m so self-amusing). 
Evidently they need not be sticklers for correct spelling or grammar. Mr. O goes on to explain that he wants a woman who earns her own living, but doesn’t mind him bossing her around. As he puts it, he wants someone: 
Capable of holding a steady job but without making it your #1 priority – since it could interfere with our sexual activities. …  If you can accept that I’m responsible for taking charge and my decisions will be final, don’t take yourself too seriously and thinks the world of me.
He wants a gal who is family oriented, but open to threesomes:
Family oriented but not anytime soon … open to spontaneous sexual activities (you know, outdoors sex, the odd 3-some with a cutie we pick up somewhere or one of your girlfriends), likes the outdoors (nudity optional), and doesn’t complain when I go fishing with the guys.
And she can’t be in a hurry about the whole family thing. After all, he wants a few good years of fucking before his wife hits the age of 31 – what he says is “the expiration date for most women anyway.”  She should be: 
ready to have children only after 30 and proving yourself to be a faithful wife and a loving woman, prepared for the duties of a good mother, have class and know when it’s time to speak up and when it’s NOT the time to do so, instead of a stuck-up naggy b!tch who can’t shut up, sociable, know how to please the sexual drive of your partner (little things such as giving me a call when you’ve gotten a new set of sexy lingerie to surprise me), and know that gifts are little treats and rewards, and not a never-ending desire to be pampered.
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Interesting how quickly his disquisition on family values turns into kvetching about “naggy b!tch[es]” and then, just as quickly, into the tritest of sexual fantasies. In any case, he explains, while she should be willing to spend money on lingerie, she should otherwise be a thrifty sort with

good spending habits, no ridiculous credit card debts and a sense of home economy; I’m not planning on changing my excellent lifestyle, and I plant to eventually be able to give my children an excellent education – and that’s not possible without good savings and planning. This will also help teaching them to earn their own achievements, respect their parents, and not be spoiled brats.

Also, no pets:

You should also understand that pets are simple money pits that only serve as something lonely women occupy themselves with so that they don’t have to connect with their husbands.

But hey, he’s not picky:

I’m attracted to all kinds of women, redheads, brunettes, black, white, latinas, you name it, as long as they’re attractive. Not attracted to fat women, and that includes the infamous “curvy” (a word that used to mean actual curves, not fat), and “a few extra pounds,” regardless of your supposed “inner beauty.” Sorry 🙂

The final smiley really nails it for me. If I were a woman – and a few years younger, and not so fat, and bisexual, and into outdoor sex, and both debt- and pet-free, and willing to put my life into the hands of a guy who can’t spell the word “chick” — I’m sure I’d be begging the guy for a date.

No mystery, these guys.
It’s hard to compete with Mr. Optimistic here, but Bachelor Number Three, the guy I’ll call No Beefcake, comes pretty close. His strategy for winning over the ladies? Ranting about how women on Plenty of Fish are a bunch of delusional fatties.  


I can honestly say the selection on here is mostly scary to me. I have no problem with single moms or girls that are other than stick thin. But for real, if you are gargantuan and just gross … please don’t waste your time with me. 

I’m no beefcake but I am healthy and I am getting tired of creepy girls wondering “where all the good men are” when its clear that they have either been eaten by those same girls, or are in hiding for fear of being mistaken for a 7-11 corndog. I am not Arnie, nor would I want to be but I do have biceps and a fairly flat stomach, if you have a massive muffin-top and can’t take care of yourself why set yourself up by hiding behind deceptive photo angles? Just because you have cleavage does not mean you have nice boobs. We’re gonna find out eventually, why lie now? Every woman’s profile says they demand “honesty”, how many actually offer it? Self delusion is not attractive, except to the worst quality guys.

Biceps, a “fairly flat stomach,” a raging hostility towards women. Is that all this fellow has to offer? Not by a long shot! Did we mention that he owns his own home?

I am a homeowner with a couple of promising careers, a well developed intellect, a decent body and a serious disdain for drama, game playing and bullshit. Therefore I do not feel the need to “capture your attention” with something artificially witty and intriguing. How about you show me that you have what it takes to hold an intelligent conversation for ten minutes, or that you actually care about your future, and could be entertaining and fun for me as well?

So, do you have what it takes to hold an interesting conversation with No Beefcake? Possible topics include: 
1) home ownership and why it is the backbone of the American Dream 
2) why so many women are fat fatties. 
The ball’s in your court, ladies.

PS: Here’s the Gilbert O’Sullivan song that I stole my title from.
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red_locker
11 years ago

>There's this gem in A(n)nals of Online Dating (link here: http://annalsofonlinedating.tumblr.com/post/4749655539/and-he-wouldnt-even-ask-for-a-bj-in-return):"You know people have been asking for generations, “What would Jesus do?”I believe the answer is you."I am SO making that a sig somewhere. It's so bad it's good.

carswell
11 years ago

>I can but laugh.

Lady Victoria von Syrus

>Some part of me can't help but feel sorry for these men. It's impossible to have a romantic connection with someone without having to open up a little bit and make yourself vulnerable – and this obviously terrifies these men. If only they could learn that expressing feelings and loving someone isn't emasculating, they might not feel such a need to control their partner. And if only someone could tell them that women aren't actually inferior and so loving a woman isn't a dreaded chore.

cboye
11 years ago

>red_locker: You can use HTML: < a href = "link URL" > link text < / a > (without the spaces)There's also Date Wrecks, which isn't updating anymore but has some hilarious stuff in the archives.

AbsintheDexterous
11 years ago

>a couple of promising careers – "I change jobs frequently and have a spotty work history"a well developed intellect – "I looked at The Fountainhead", and pretend to read the WSJ"a serious disdain for drama, game playing and bullshit – "Unless it's my drama, game playing, and bullshit – that's perfectly okay"Therefore I do not feel the need to “capture your attention” with something artificially witty and intriguing. – "I'm a conversational clod, exceptionally boring, and will roll my eyes at you if you dare interrupt my sparkling genius to tell me about your day"

Captain Awkward
11 years ago

Man, I swear I’ve seen that middle profile somewhere before. Either he wrote to me at one time (in which case, hahahaha, I’m FAT)or he wrote to SexyTypewriter? It’s gonna bug me.

I for one love the weird badness of online dating profiles, which is why I keep an account open even though it’s now scrubbed of photos and personal information. I would rather someone let their freak flag fly – RenFaire outfits? (Not inherently bad, just really instantly not for me) Photos of them with their ex-girlfriend’s shoulder sorta kinda photoshopped out (Laxy)? Raging misogyny? A long story about how they don’t have a phone (code for “I’m writing this from prison”)? Put it out there, people, so that potential dating partners know what they are getting into.

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