Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Lulu App: "Sure, it could cause trouble for some good guys," but it's worth it!

The "Lulu" app is yet another internet forum that invites young women to say what they want about young men with, apparently, no method to verify the accuracy of what is written. A writer at the University of Arizona's student newspaper described it as follows:
Lulu is an iPhone and Android app that allows women to rank men based on performance, commitment, ambition and a variety of factors that make up a profile, replete with information culled from Facebook. It’s an open platform that takes cues from Yelp and applies them to men, with ratings and attributes changing as more women complete reviews on a man’s profile. The best attributes on a profile are hashtagged, allowing users to click on that trait and see more men like him. And no, guys, this is a girl’s game only: In order to fully use Lulu, you must be denoted as female via your Facebook profile.
http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/article/2013/01/lulu-app-might-prevent-men-from-getting-the-chance-they-deserve

A comment under the story from "Sean" stated: "The disgusting thing is if men created a similar service, feminists would be up in arms about how sexist it is."

A response from "Sarah P" is breathtaking:
I see what you're saying, but this app could also help keep women safe. Have you seen the statistics on rape recently? No matter how cute that guy at the bar may be, if you catch a cab back to your place together, you're taking a risk. Sure, if it became widespread enough, Lulu could cause trouble for some good guys. But it could also help women steer clear of controlling, abusive, and dangerous guys. 
That said, I doubt that Lulu was really designed for anything more than entertainment, or that anyone is likely to take it seriously in the end. Anyone who has the app is well aware of how easy it is to leave a bogus rating on someone's profile, whether just for fun or with malicious intent. Even if Lulu does become A Thing among the college population, hopefully most of us are smart enough to know by now that you can't believe everything you read on the Internet.
(Emphasis added.) There you have it. "Sure," the Lulu App "could cause trouble for some good guys," but Sarah P thinks it's worth it!  Why? Because it will keep women safe by helping them stay clear of rapists or other male miscreants. But, she adds, everybody knows not to believe everything they read on the Internet.

Except if everybody knows not to believe what's written on this site, how on earth will this Lulu App help keep women safe? And is that how they are teaching you to think and reason at the University of Arizona, Sarah P?

We agree that this forum could "cause trouble for some good guys." That, of course, is reason enough to put an end to it.

Sarah P would do well to read this before making herself look silly again: http://www.cotwa.info/2012/07/battling-injustice-with-injustice-is.html

5 comments:

  1. Relevant:

    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/34086803.jpg

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  2. I wonder if men can post to this or a similar app about women they encounter. That is one way to air the issue of this double standard.

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  3. A man tried to make something similar and got jail time.

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/man-jailed-over-facebook-page-that-rated-womens-sexual-performance/story-e6frfro0-1226455198157

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  4. How about the "Boyfriend Trainer" app?
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/9839208/Abuse-your-boyfriend-app-available-on-iPhones.html
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    The controversial app, which is available in both Apple’s App Store and via Google’s Android market, lets players electrocute, hit and mace a virtual boyfriend after he does annoying things – such as leaving his clothes lying about on the floor.
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    The publisher of the app, Games2Win, describes Boyfriend Trainer in the following way: “Crack that whip and teach your guy a thing or two about being the Perfect Boyfriend! When scolding doesn’t work, just zap him, whack him and train him to be your ideal man!”\\

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  5. There is another app that deals with reputation but in a much wider way.
    Reput users can share their experiences and opinions about any of their contacts (doesn't matter if those contacts are Reput users themselves). Anyone over 18 years old with an iOS or an Android device can use Reput. It is more or less like what the reputation building process has beed about since the beginning of time, but now is on the internet!
    Here is Reput's website:
    http://www.reputapp.com

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