INTRODUCTION
In July 2011, a blog called Douchebags of Grindr exploded onto the blogo-
sphere. Claiming to satisfy “all your douchebag needs from the profiles of
Grindr,” the site gathers screen caps of Grindr profiles that readers and the
blogger deem to be “douchebags” based on discrimination by body type,
gender presentation, age, sexual self- identification, and other exclusionary
caveats. For readers not familiar with it, Grindr is a smartphone app designed
to help gay men facilitate sexual hookups. Grindr’s innovation over web-
based cruising sites lies in its gPs technology, which allows users to detect the
distance of other users, down to the number of feet, from their own physical
location.1 In response to the hyperbolized demands and preferences posted
on Grindr and other sex cruising websites, journalist Alex Rowlson opines,
“You visit a hookup or dating website, cruise somebody’s profile and are con-
fronted with the list: no fats; no femmes; no Asians; no blacks; masc only;
my age or younger; str8- acting, you be too; non- scene; and on and on.” He
cheekily continues, “What we find is a lot of hate when all we want is head.”2
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