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Dating apps have made this kind of harassment so commonplace that we barely notice it—and not just because of the apps' anonymity.
Creepy pickup lines existed long before Tinder—even the "Apocalypse Opener" is just a variation of a line some men were already using in bars or street corners.
You just need a little something to break the ice, if you know what I mean.
If you haven't yet heard about the creepy, pickup-artist-inspired Tinder message that's been making its way around the Internet over the past week, here's a quick recap: Recently, the Instagram account feminist_tinder revealed that a Tinder message that more than a few women had apparently received was actually a line from a video by pickup artist Maximilian Berger, who calls the message the Tinder version of the "Apocalypse Opener." It's a pretty transparent tactic—asking a woman to sleep with you outright instead of, say, feigning interest in having a relationship—and the message has been apparently spreading through pickup artist sites ever since.
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Berger's video introducing the message, for example, titled "How to F—k girls on Tinder", has earned nearly 300,000 views. When I read about the Tinder message on various websites, it looked familiar— it's tough to forget something that crude.
What does it say about our overall expectations for an online dating experience that I'm unfazed by creepy, cut-and-pasted words in my inbox? This is one of several reasons I no longer use dating apps.
I know all too well that men exhibit this kind of behavior offline as well, but at least in real life, I don't have to pretend it's okay.
After all, I regularly receive online dating messages like this: Though I haven't seen that one on pickup artist forums, I have a feeling it's a classic example of "negging"—the pickup artist technique of saying something unkind about a woman so that she'll seek validation from you.
But here's the thing: These messages should upset me—and they should upset everyone.