10 February 2011
Gender and Speed Dating
I caught a brief piece on speed dating on one of the morning shows this morning, and something caught my eye. In the clip, the women remained seated and the men rotated among the women. I've never been speed dating, but I am guessing that this is the standard format--but why? Why don't the men remain seated while the women rotate among them? I think this reflects some deeply rooted cultural expectations that we have regarding gender. Men are the aggressors, the pursuers; women are the passive objects. Does anyone know of examples of courtship rituals that challenge this dichotomy? How do the online dating sites work? Do women play a more active role in choosing their potential suitors?