Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday PM

Hmm . . .


For all those 'bro-jobs'

A new app has launched which allows straight men to hook up with each other.

The idea is that it might allow men who identify as heterosexual to indulge in their homo side, without having to label themselves as gay.

BRO describes itself as the new social app for “bromance, chat, and dating – just for men.”

Its iTunes description reads, “BRO goes beyond using labels, and is for men that are interested in meeting other men. It’s as simple as that.”

Sticking to much the same format as other dating apps like Tinder, when you find someone you like, you can favourite them, match with them, or even Fistbump with them to start a conversation.

It promises to be convenient and secure, with no catfishes, and is very detailed regarding your preferences: you can choose your Bro type from Brogrammer, G.I. Bro, Preppy Bro or Hipster Bro, among others, though creator Scott Kutler has said, “Bro is about men finding a connection with each other beyond the stereotypes people may try to fit them into.”

In an interview with Global Dating Insights, Kutler said, “I was inspired mainly because I felt there was a huge segment of men that don’t feel welcome in the “gay” community – be it “bi” guys or gay men that don’t fit the “gay” stereotype. As well, I wanted to move beyond the hookup culture that many apps and websites have catered to.”

So straight men aside, could this finally be an app where successful long term relationships can be founded?

It remains to be seen whether this is something that curious straight men will use. Research in the U.S. last year showed that considerable numbers of heterosexual men have engaged in sexual acts with other men.

A book published last year, Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men, by academic Jane Ward discussed the phenomenon, giving rise to the use of the phrase ‘bro-jobs’ to describe oral sex between straight men.

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Too Little, Too Late

The story still refers to "gay" hookups rather than same-sex hookups. An academic point, perhaps, but as far as I know, no one verified the sexual self-identification of all those Hines fingered. It looks as if he's being rewarded for waiting it out . . .

Internet Responds to Daily Beast Writer's Apology: Too Little, Too Late

Nico Hines, the Daily Beast editor who wrote an article in August during the Rio Olympics about finding gay hookups during the games, issued an apology for his actions Tuesday. In the article he gave descriptions and nationalities of several closeted gay Olympians, which effectively outed them, putting them in danger because several of them are from anti-LGBT countries. The article was removed from the website after a swift pushback from LGBT readers.
In an article titled "What I've Learned," Hines, who is a straight, married man, wrote that he was "deeply sorry" for the story, which "never should have been conceived, written, or published." 

"The story about athletes using dating apps in the Olympic village did not ask consent and did not advance the public good," Hines wrote. "The article intruded into the lives of people who had a right to be left alone. For some readers it brought up old, ugly LGBTQ stereotypes. And I didn't accurately represent myself during the reporting of the piece. These were all profound failures, and I’m sorry for them."
In an editor's note at the bottom of Hines's apology, it was announced that Hines would be returning full-time to his senior editor and London-based reporter positions. 
Cyd Zeigler, the cofounder of OutSports, an LGBT sports website, wrote about the note from Hines, describing it as "a delayed apology without empathy" and "little more than a press release." It was probably Hines's editors who asked that he write the apology, Zeigler wrote, adding that had Hines written a heartfelt apology and not an "academic" one, LGBT people would have felt they were truly heard.
"You let this fester for the better part of a year. You offered no empathy in your apology," Ziegler wrote. "I'll continue to wait for a real one."
Several writers and editors responded to the news on Twitter:

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