Last night, as I sat on the couch watching a new and increasingly weird episode of Broad City, I felt uncomfortable. Weirdly enough, it wasn’t because Abby was speaking to a fig, the Jewish dog wedding, or anything else in the reality-bending episode.
No, it was because Ilana, who is a relatively straight- maybe bi-curious but I don’t want to label her- and identifies as a woman, early on in the episode was on Grindr.
Now don’t mistake me for some huge Grindr fan. I spent only a few days on it before I felt genuinely uncomfortable by the attention given to me. But the problem is that Grindr is supposed to be a place for men to seek other men.
Maybe if you or me saw her on our Grindr radar we would just ignore her, cause she’s not supposed to be there. Or you’d ignore her because you don’t like women, but why is she there? She also has a tinder profile, where she can check off who she wants to see and so can her potential dates. That’s a place for her.
This is not necessarily bad, and honestly it doesn’t even offend me. I just don’t know why I feel “off” about it. It’s just a super weird thing.
Grindr is for whatever you’d like, a hookup, a relationship and so on. Not for a woman to find their next token gay best friend, bonus points if they’re non-white. But after all Ilana already has one of those in Jaimé.