In July of 2014, Tinder’s co-founder Whitney Wolfe sued the company for sexual harassment. Since then, Wolfe has settled a lawsuit against co-founder Justin Mateen and won a legal battle. Wolfe went on to found Bumble, a different type of dating app. Tinder is an app that’s based on location and mutual interest. It enables conversations between two users that match, and allows for different types of matches. It’s unique in that it’s one of the first apps where a user is required to make a swiping motion to choose between photos of potentially good matches. Swiping right for yes and swiping left for no. Bumble is also based on location, and allows users to talk to each other if both are interested. Within heterosexual matches, it only lets women start a chat with their male matches. However, within homosexual matches, either member can start the conversation first. After leaving Tinder, Wolfe settled for just over $1 million from Tinder. Other Tinder departees helped to create Bumble as well. Such departees included Chris Gulzcynski and Sarah Mick. Bumble is a proudly feminist company and encourages equality. It tries to tackle the heteronormative rules surrounding dating. Such a departure reminds users that sexism can be an issue in the Silicon Valley, and that the fight for equality is far from finished. A great way to support the cause is by choosing to use feminist friendly dating apps.
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Laura Porter-Muntz is a fourth-year BSc. Biology (co-op option) student and current science editor for The Athenaeum. Laura has worked with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for all three of her co-op work terms, with a range of experience in multiple fields including plant pathology, tree fruit management and food microbiology.