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My digital dating journey was not the effective, empowering experience I hoped for.
The women-taking-charge-for-themselves model assumes that we live in a girl-power bubble.
Self described as "100 per cent feminist", Bumble's unique approach has generated significant social buzz and it has more than 50 million users.
As a medical anthropologist, I explore sexuality, gender and health experiences among people in sex work, Indigenous communities and those affected by HIV/AIDS.
My Bumble experiences reflect the same unfortunate truth, as do other studies about the complex relationship between gender and power relations on dating apps.
Bumble men, much like male bees, largely sit and wait for their invites to come.
However, when other options were exhausted, I found myself selecting photos and summarising myself in a user profile.
I chose Bumble because it was rumoured to have more professional men than other apps and I was intrigued by its signature design where women ask men out.
Drawing upon my personal experiences and academic insights about sexuality, gender and power, this article explores what happens when dating apps fail on their promises.
Being a tech Luddite, I never dreamed of using a dating app.