I am a Christian who is weirded out by Christian Mingle.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Christian Mingle is a Christian dating site known for its audacious tagline, “Find God’s match for you.” In the last year, Christian Mingle has grown in notoriety thanks to an extensive marketing campaign. The ads are all over television—especially “Christian” programming like The History Channel’s The Bible–and the ads frequently appear on my Facebook sidebar as well (probably because I’m a Christian, though I am not single).
With its bold tagline and slightly awkward name, it’s no surprise that Christian Mingle has become a popular brunt of jokes. Occasionally trending on Twitter, the hashtag has appeared alongside snarky comments like,
It’s a good thing God licenses his romance database to #ChristianMingle.
I just saw a commercial for #ChristianMingle.com and I couldn’t help but think they should change it to firstbaseonly.org
In our last episode before the season finale, each of our characters’ season long struggles come to climactic almost-breaking points. Everyone is losing control, and everyone is alone.
Sexual incompatibility: or, “I don’t know what came over me.”
Wherein Natalya and Adam become boyfriend and girlfriend and not boyfriend and girlfriend. They aren’t into the same movies and they definitely aren’t into the same type of sex. “I’m on the pill,” Natalya says after he aggressively throws pillows off the bed, “but will you come outside of me just in case? And I don’t like to be on top that much or soft touching because it tickles me it takes me out of the moment, but everything else is okay.” Adam – who we’ve seen call Hannah a “really late walker” during sex, not to mention pee on her (twice) – appreciates Natalya’s honesty and goes with it. I immediately wondered in that moment what would happen when it was Adam’s turn to be honest about what he wants, but in the moment he just looked at her and said the perfect thing: “I like how clear you are with me.”
I sort of don’t know what to say about this. I mostly just feel icky.
Meet Dakota Rose, aka Kotakoti. She looks like living Barbie, except maybe designed specially for pedophiles. Barely legal. Compelling.
Her pictures have gone particularly viral in Asian and Muslim countries. Weird.
Newsflash: the internet may feel unreal, but the connections we make with it can be very, very real and very, very powerful.
When I was 14, my mother didn’t let me go riding around in cars with 18 year-old boys. I would think that she wouldn’t have let talk to them online either. Techno-romance or real-life romance, sometimes the same rules still apply.
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