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The app allows Facebook users to choose from among their friend list who they’d bang. If that same friend also chooses that person – the veil of anonymity takes away the fear of rejection – then a match is made and a bang can occur. The fact that these people are already acquaintances takes away one explanation for why women may repress their sexual drive: they are scared of being harmed by a stranger. This app largely diminishes that fear (though when you think about it, the differences in sex drives hinges on the biological fact of size and aggression differentials). But will it work as Hess and other feminists hope? Let’s see:
We asked a few women if Bang With Friends would appeal to them. “It’s too transactional,” one said. “If I’m in the mood for meaningless sex, I can go to a bar, flirt with a cute guy, and have my drinks paid for first.”
“There’s nothing about this app that would make me want to have anything even remotely resembling sex,” said another.
While another said simply, “Um, no.”
Note that the women don’t think that the app will fail because of a lack of demand from men. It would be interesting to ask men about the potential for the app. I assume that if they think it’s a failure their reasoning would involve the lack of female demand.
But three random women’s testimonies may not be enough to make a definitive judgment about the app or about the female desire for hook ups. Hess argued that women won’t use apps made by brogrammers, but those few testimonies above don’t mention the interface. The entire premise won’t work because it sits atop a huge gap between the expressions of male and female sex drives.
Even if the app does foster some hetero hook-ups, what will be the distribution and how many of each sex will be selected anonymously as potential hook-up material? It’s most likely that men will be very liberal in their choices while women will be conservative. More women will be selected as potential hook-ups by men than vice versa. This liberal-conservative choice differential is another name for hypergamy which will rear its beautiful ugly head and benefit alphas.
Same story, different interface.