Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Blendr Benders?

I watched the launch of Blendr - the 'straight' version of the popular App Grindr with interest (read more on the launch here).  I confess that I am a long standing Grindr user (is there some sort of help group?) but it's fascinating to see how this app  - which is, let's be honest, about hunting for sex, be re-marketed for a straight audience.  Heterosexuals it seems, want to 'network' and 'date' rather than seek out the nearest available sexual outlet.  It would have been interesting to see it launched as a genuine 'straight' version of Grindr rather than this spin, although it will be interesting to see how it is actually used and what the gender split of users is.  A whole new app for students to play with during workshops, tutorials and lectures.

Quiet Riot Girl offers a really interesting insight into this development.  Coming from a queer perspective, QRG challenges some of the assumptions that we might have regarding potential users.  Check out the post in full here.

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Elly said...

I am quite proud of 'Blendr Benders'!

what a funny name for an app.

Heterosexuals do have casual sex. But from my 'research' and experience, they tend to go through the motions of some kind of introduction, vital stats, 'chatting' (online or in RL) before actually getting down to it. The shortest time frame I think I have had between connecting online and shagging was about 24 -36 hours I think. And that for me felt quite 'daring'. Even drunken shags tend to have involved some kind of conversation/flirting/lying beforehand.

I am interested to see how it will go, too.

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