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My reintroduction to dating in Toronto was set to happen at a hip downtown bar with a couple of friends. I donned a pair of jeans, a stylish top, some lipstick.
Memories of university romances danced in my head as I practised flirting in the mirror while holding a glass of wine. This became known as Plan A.
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Not only were all the patrons under 30, but the women were dressed in sexy outfits I would never wear. Predictably, no one noticed us except the bartender. While we were discussing our next move, music suddenly started blaring so loudly it killed the conversation. Our trio of not-wanting-to-be-cougars raced back to my place and my stockpile of red wine. It was 10 p. Sign up for an evening of speed dating. Three-minute conversations are incredibly short.
Once you've found out each other's professions and hobbies, likes and dislikes, it's already time to move on. There's barely enough time to jot down a name, let alone envision holding hands on a moonlit beach. At the end of the evening, the faces and conversations blurred together; not a single guy stood out as someone to see again. Meet a guy at a class or a sports league. Meeting men through mutual friends was no longer possible, as none knew any single and dateable guys.
So I joined a beach volleyball group. Sundays that summer became a joyous mix of sand, sun and beer. And I met someone.
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We dated for six weeks before I broke it off. To me, that seemed equivalent to six months in single-and-fortysomething years. Story continues below advertisement Story continues below advertisement Encouraged by such a long relationship, I grew bolder.
Conversations with other singles netted valuable information about meeting mates online. I was amazed at how quickly and openly they broached the topic of Internet dating: Create a savvy Internet persona and nickname.
At first, I scoured each profile and crafted individualized messages. About eight dates in, I got my groove and began to send more messages with fewer words. I started dating up a storm, sometimes two a night back to back. The guys were entertaining, the restaurants nice, the conversations fun, but disappointingly there were no real sparks. None turned out to be the optimistic, self-assured traveller I was looking for.
Comments Spend a little time with single women in their early to mids, and you'll be grateful you're not one of them. The relationship scene is even more dismal today than when I was their age. All the women want serious relationships that lead to marriage, but many of the men they meet do not. All too often a woman moves in with some guy, hoping they're on the road to somewhere.
Two years later, he tells her he's not ready for marriage and kids just yet. Hasn't online dating made the mating market easier? Yes — for men.
If you really want to hear a woman rant, just utter the word Tinder. Single women are more equal and empowered than ever before. They have unparalleled sexual, reproductive and economic autonomy. In many ways, they're doing much better than the men.
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Just look at the lopsided university graduation rates, which are now around And yet, large numbers of young women admit their private lives are a sad mess. Story continues below advertisement If you're a gender studies major, stop reading here. You're going to hate what I've got to say next. I don't like it much myself. In a nutshell, over the past few decades, the traditional relationship exchange has broken down. It used to be that men and women each had something the other really needed.
Men needed access to sex. Women needed access to resources. Men couldn't get steady access to sex unless they had resources to offer, so they worked hard for them.
The partnership between men and women was a grand bargain that usually left both sides better off. For men, sex was traditionally expensive. The price tag was a long-term commitment to provide for a woman and children. But today, sex is cheap. And that changes everything.