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Last week I decided to try a little experiment for fun. I created a fake profile on an LDS-themed dating site as a 23-year old female and put up a fake picture (of a fairly attractive woman). The following are some of the responses I received from would-be suitors. Keep in mind that these guys think they’re messaging a 23-year old.
Hey, just wanted to say hi and how are you? Anyway, I hope you are having a good week, and that the weekend was filled with lots of fun and relaxation. I thought it would be nice to hear from you since I think you seem really cool, fun, cute and interesting, so I will hope to talk to you sometime! (35 yrs.)
I am adventurous, tall, and handsome, working on the dark. Do I fit the profile that you are looking for? (26 yrs.)
you know how in cartoons when someone is really hungry they imagine their friend as a big nice apple pie or chicken leg or something? (24 yrs.)
“can you keep up?”, hey that’s my line. oh well, it doesn’t matter anyway. (31 yrs.)
Did anyone give you the bird today? (Turkey.) (31 yrs., send on Thanksgiving)
i really liked your pictures,,,, i think you are cute… i would like to meet you someday… hope hear from you… keep in touch. (22 yrs.)
YOU have a really really pretty face!!! (28 yrs.)
Ok, so I am going to give it a shot. Just so you know up front. I am a way good guy.. It just depends if you really are looking for that. You’ll be treated better than you ever have before. I GREW UP WITH 3 SISTERS…
Usually girls like you… the pretty ones have an ego problem and are out for themselves. So… if that is not you then get back to me. Would love to get to know you better. Your profile did not have much info.
TJ oh PS…. heck yes I can keep up!!! (28 yrs.)
Being a model. Is it a lonely life? ;) (35 yrs.)
haha you must be too cool and modely to reply to dirtballs like me. haha (29 yrs.)
Now, I must say that these responses are fairly mild. Perhaps, since I barely filled out any information on the profile, I didn’t get the response I otherwise might have gotten. I have several female friends who are on similar sites that often get much worse stuff from guys, sometimes even X-rated messages from self-labeled church members. Ew. Some of the ones they have sent me (which I will not republish here) are horrying to read, making me want to inflict bodily pain on the moronic male that sent it.
To all you women out there, I would like to apologize on behalf of all of the idiotic male population. While I certainly don’t claim to represent them, I feel I must shake my head in sorrow and plead that you “forgive them, for they know not what they do”.