Awful New ‘Carrot Dating’ App Lets Men Bribe Women Into Dates

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Today a new dating app called Carrot Dating, from the founders of sugar daddy arrangement site,  officially launched. The app lets users offer each other things like a tank of gas or plastic surgery in exchange for a date. Carrot Dating’s press release sheds light on the incredibly reductive and, frankly, insulting theory behind the app: “There’s only one method of manipulation that has stood the test of time: bribery. It’s a concept so simple that even animals understand – give a dog a bone, and it will obey. Give a woman a present, and she’ll…”

Sleep with you? Is that how we’re supposed to fill in the blank? While the app says that both “men and women are being tempted,” it’s obvious that this is just a slimmed-down, mobile version of SeekingArrangement, where men offer money and gifts in exchange for women’s companionship and sex. Which, incidentally, is also how prostitution works!

The press release explicitly says the app runs on “manipulation,” and the disturbingly cheerful introductory video tells you to “bribe your way to a first date.” They’re not even pretending that this is anything other than what it is, which is sexist and horrible and treating dating like a capitalist marketplace. (Did they also compare women to dogs? Yes, they kind of did!)

Part of me wants to get a herd of savvy women to take over this app, get a bunch of dumb schmucks to buy us shit, and then blow them off forever. While that would be a minor triumph, it’s not worth it. Women still feel obligated to sleep with guys who buy them dinner, and it’s 2013. Let’s not make the situation worse.

And if you’re a guy on this app, I have so many questions. Do you really think that bribery is going to find you true love, or do you just think that money is the only thing that’s going to get you laid? Money can get you laid, sure – that’s why the oldest profession in the world is still thriving. The Beatles said it best, money can’t buy you love, but maybe The Countess said it better, money can’t buy you class.

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