The Guardian describes it as “twitter meets a personal ad column” where “girls and boys shoot flirtatious glances at each other from the parapets of their MacBook pro’s”.
But the newspaper is mistaken; it’s actually really fucking dark.
In our society, misogyny is disguised as flirtation in so many places, and I’m sure there’s many who’d argue that FitFinder is just that… a bit of fun. Let’s see, with these selected posts:
- George Square Library (Floor 3) Female, Blonde hair. Mega rough bird sitting directly across from me, her back to the window, 2nd row from window, outside room 333. white top…truely vile
- George Square Library (Floor 5) Female, Blonde hair. Summer dress. Very short. Can see a bit of rat. Nice.
- George Square Library (Floor 5) Female, Brunette hair. wearing one of the super hot zoology hoodies in grey. Heard shes a Virgin. I could definitely sort that out
- George Square Library (Floor 3) Female, Brunette hair. asian bitch- low low top… think i saw some left nipple! just went to the little boys room tho, so she’s used goods!
- George Square Library (Floor 5) Female, Blonde hair. Hot blonde by the window with the arse of a twelve year old…I sniffed your bike seat just after you arrived…deeelicious
- George Square Library (Floor 5) Female, Blonde hair. red top, 3rd table back. badly dyed blonde but check out those humungous jugs on that lads! rubbing my c0ck right now tryin not to stare
These things are written in a public domain about real people, in real time. There’s often enough detail to make their subjects instantly and easily recognisable. When a website allows these kinds of posts to go up, I’m afraid I view any argument that the posts are just “flirtation” with nothing other than immediate disregard.
All posts are anonymous, exemplifying exactly how chicken-shit the people who write these things are. While on some level, it might be gratifying to publicly express exactly how much you’d like to de-flower a zoologist, it seems a little cowardly to do so surreptitiously. I just can’t help wondering about how violent my reaction would be towards a person who I knew had written something like the above about anybody who I care for.
by Rob Young