Since our book came out a few weeks ago, the support has been overwhelming, CNN, Business Insider, Elle, Glamour, The Village Voice, Bethenny Frankel, etc… We’re so lucky. We’re particularly lucky in that Dating & Hookup’s message to cultivate all your relationships for a fullfilling life, has also been interpreted by Internet crazies as 1) advocating reckless promiscuity, or 2) cultivating a harem of men. A special thanks to Google Alerts!
1) On the lovely Newbusters Site, a piece titled Ethical Sluts: CNN Health Promotes Promiscuity and Demeans Monogamy. (How did they know? We actually love the word slut!)
2) The awesome Fellowship of the Minds published the thought piece More Feminism Baloney. “Heaven forbid a woman have some moral standards and a dream to find a soulmate.” (I think this piece was ghost written by my uber-Catholic high school French teacher. She dressed exclusively in one of three plaid skirt-suits from the 70′s, carried a ruler at all times, and used to lecture us on how birth control was wrong…in French.)
3) The perhaps not even hilarious spoof / response written on Chateau Heartist, Every Man Needs a Harem of Women, which garnered a frightening 155 comments. (Oh, that place where the FBI goes to look for serial killers? Found it!)
And guys, I’m not even quoting the comments sections overall. Check out the ones on CNN if you’re interested. Or don’t, you’ll just feel bad. Sadly, it’s not news that women get massacred on the internet…and harassed in daily life.
We’ll just go ahead, be thankful, and keep a comic distance. Because, I mean, REALLY YOU GUYS?
Alison Steedman is the editor at Dating & Hookup. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their histrionic cat, Charles Dickens, where she still carries on a nostalgic and long-distance love affair with her 20's in Brooklyn, NY. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @yosteedman, and you can also send her your writing at [email protected], both of which make her very happy.
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