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We’re redefining DTF across the country — and we’ve found that you are, too
At OkCupid, we know a lot about dating. Dating can be an amazing, butterflies-in-stomach kind of thing. But sometimes dating can be a not-so-amazing kind of thing, thanks to everything from ghosting to use of DTF, a term largely used by men in a derogatory way about women meaning they’re “down to f*ck.” So we decided that in 2018, it’s time to change that; at OkCupid, we’ve made it our mission to help redefine the F in DTF to be whatever the F you want it to be, whether that’s Down to Feel fabulous, Down to Foot the bill, Down to Forget your baggage, or yes, Down to F*ck — if it’s your choice, you’re empowered to make the F whatever you want. And one way we’re doing that is with striking images from famed duo Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.
Have you seen our DTF campaign IRL? Here are a few places you can find it.
And we’re not the only ones redefining DTF. We’ve seen you redefining it, too—in amazing ways we hadn’t even thought of. Here are some of our favorites:
Find someone who’s down for the same things you are on OkCupid today.
We sat down with Gray to chat how dating is different now in the age of Trump and #metoo
It goes without saying that the 2016 election stirred the pot — politically, socially, and mentally. The night Trump was elected, in fact, prompted Huffington Post senior reporter Emma Gray to embark on writing A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance: A Feminist Handbook on Fighting for Good. Released last month, this handbook includes tips on how to get (and stay) politically active, background information on key issues, and interviews with activists and politicians such as Senator Elizabeth Warren, actress and activist Ashley Judd, actress and activist Marlo Thomas, and Women’s March Co-Chair Carmen Perez.
At OkCupid, we’re always improving our product to be focused on the female experience, and we do that by talking to lots of interesting, smart, creative women. So we were super excited to chat with Gray about her book, and how joining the resistance, or at the very least listening to a voice other than your own, can make for a better atmosphere — not just in politics, but in dating, too. We caught up with Gray after she’d just done a live version of her podcast Here to Make Friends (a Bachelor recap show) at SXSW.
OkCupid: You mention in your book that the 2016 election inspired you to write it. How did it prompt you to write the book, and were there any other factors in your decision?
I cover the intersection of gender and politics for HuffPost, so I covered the 2016 presidential election and election night — and I thought I’d be writing a story about our nation’s first woman President.
Instead I wrote a very different story. I ended up being outside the Javits center [in New York City] and interviewed a lot of very angry and grief-stricken people; and then I went on to cover the 2016 Women’s March and saw what happens when you take that anger and grief and turn it into action.
That inspired me to write that book, and I wanted to approach covering this renewed resistance from a journalistic perspective — which meant going out and chatting with women’s leaders about what it means to be involved in the resistance, and what it meant particularly for young women.
OkCupid: Did your plans for the book shift as you researched and interviewed?
There was a new chapter on the importance of storytelling, and that wasn’t something I had in the original outline: as I started interviewing women, the more storytelling came up, and the more relevant it felt. And this was all before #metoo — now we’re really seeing how important storytelling is in creating social change.
In that specific chapter on storytelling, you discussed how writing an article for HuffPost about women and anxiety opened the doors for dialogue. How can sharing our own stories of struggle help us find deeper connections?
Storytelling is a form of intimacy. If you’re trying to build true intimacy, it needs to involve personal storytelling; it’s how you get ot know someone, whether it’s romantic or platonic or professional. Any relationship that’s going to be authentic needs storytelling.
When it comes to hetereosexual dating, there’s an element of understanding that you need to build. For me personally, as a woman dating straight men in this moment, there are a lot of conversations that are prompted given the fact that we’re in this #metoo moment. I think storytelling is the best way to bridge the gap between those experiences, whether it’s between a white person and a person of color or someone who’s dating someone with a different gender identity. You need to stop and hear their stories and understand that your stories are not going to be the same as theirs.
OkCupid: The #metoo movement has certainly changed the social landscape, particularly in dating and relationships. What advice do you have for daters when it comes to dating in the age of #metoo?
It sounds simple, but view the people you’re trying to date as human beings. Rather than saying “I need to pick up this women at a bar,” just think, “I want to approach this person and see if we get along, and see if we’re into each other.”
Most men are socialized to believe that they need to be the aggressors or in control of relationships, and I think that harms women and harms men, because it puts pressure on them both. But if we widen our views of what it means to be a woman or man or any gender identity, it helps everyone.
OkCupid: Another touching story from the book was about how trans activist Sarah McBride fell in love with trans activist Andy Cray, and how they connected over their shared passion for LGBTQI rights. How can sharing our political beliefs and passions bring us closer?
It depends who you are and what place these causes hold in your personal life, but I do think being involved in a community of some sort — whether that’s your relationship or your friends — that’s invested in creating change can be fantastic.
Also, engagement in political and social issues can be fun! If you’re a couple, you can designate your partner as a buddy to remind you to call congress one to two times a week. You can gather a group of friends to canvas for a local candidate who you support. And I personally have found some of the best romantic connections in my life have of course been built on attraction and all of the things we picture when we think of love and romance and sex, yet they’ve involved an intellectual component that includes debates and talking about current issues and what’s in the news. To me, it’s important to have a partner who cares about the world around them, and a partner who wants to engage in conversations as an equal.
OkCupid: A lot of activists, scholars and politicians in your book defined what intersectionality means to them. How can we practice intersectionality in our relationships?
Intersectionality is primarily a lens for groups that are advocating on behalf of a group. I think the way that that would apply to dating is just in the very basic sense of working against our tendencies to universalize our own experiences and identities.
When you’re walking into a romantic or sexual experience with someone, they might have different experiences and interpret interactions differently. So stressing openness and conversation is key. Keeping openness and listening in mind rather than projecting your needs and world views onto that other person can be really beneficial.
OkCupid: What do you hope people will walk away with after reading?
I would hope that anyone who reads the book will walk away with a renewed energy, regardless of politics, and understand that their experiences matter, and that a healthy political system is one that all citizens engage with — and that sitting on the sidelines is not an option. The personal has always been political, and the political will always be personal.
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Our conversation with Emma Gray, author of “A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance” was originally published in The OkCupid Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
We’re DTFiesta in Austin. Join OkCupid all week for music, panels and freebies
Everything is bigger in Texas—including OkCupid’s presence in Austin for SXSW, a celebration of the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. All this week, we’re chatting stereotypes in dating, podcasting about ghosting, and throwing you a (really big) party. OkCupid is taking over Austin during SXSW — and we’d love to see you there. Here’s where you can find us.
‘Why’d You Push That Button’ Live with The Verge
Get spooked (sort of) and chat ghosting on dating apps with OkCupid’s Engineering Manager Jordan at Why’d You Push That Button Live with the Berge— a podcast about the choices technology forces us to make. Listen to the live stream at 4:00 PM CST on the Why’d You Push That Button podcast, or RSVP here.
When: Friday, March 9
Where: The Belmont, 305 W 6th St.
Time: 4:00 PM CST
More details here.
Better Than Stereotypes | Challenging View of Race, Gender, Sex and Age
Since the dawn of OkCupid, we’ve openly discussed stereotypes and the importance of inclusivity. Now you can join our Engineering Manager Jordan on the Better Than Stereotypes panel and learn about how OkCupid challenges the status quo today more than ever. RSVP here.
When: Saturday, March 10
Where: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St., Voltron Room
Time: 3:00 PM CST
More details here.
Finding Magic Moments: How to Look Beyond the Touchpoint
Data-driven. It’s something marketers know they should be—but infinite amounts of data and analytics don’t automatically translate into insights. Chat with our CRM Sr. Product Manager Ana about how she uses data to guide CRM choices at OkCupid to meet critical KPIs in a cross-platform world. RSVP here.
When: Saturday,March 10
Where: CB’s at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, 801 Red River St.
Time: 9:00 AM CST
More details here.
The Lost Weekend 2
If there’s one thing to catch during your time in Austin, it’s a sweet lineup of emerging bands. Together with BrooklynVegan, we’re bringing you The Lost Weekend 2 — three days of great music and partying, plus OkCupid swag, a photo booth, and one complimentary drink with an OkCupid profile. The best part? It takes place at Austin favorite Cheer Up Charlie’s. RSVP here.
When: Thursday March 15 — Saturday March 17
Where: Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River St.
Time: 12:00 PM — 6:00 PM CST every day
Can’t make it to Austin? That’s totally fine. Find someone in your area on OkCupid now to recreate the festival experience in your own city.
Journalist Jasmine Lobe, who bravely spoke about harassment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, reflects on the past, present and future of DTF
My neighbor and I had a thing. I was in apartment 205 and he was in 206. He’d invite me over for late-night movies. I’d make up reasons to stop by. Did he have any olive oil or salt?
The hooking up was hot, but I noticed a trend: he only really wanted me after a night of drinking. He’d usually knock on my door at 4 a.m.
When I told him I had feelings for him, the knocking stopped.
He moved on quickly. He conveniently started hooking up with the woman in apartment 207. I’d hear them in the hallway giggling. I’d press my ear against my wall (her bedroom was on the other side) and my heart would stop. I’d blast music and try not to cry.
I wasn’t the “cool” girl who was DTF. I was emotional. I had feelings. I was “weak.”
But I could never win, because if I had been “cool” enough to be DTF, I’d still feel disrespected.
According to one urban dictionary definition, DTF “refers to a nasty, slutty whore who is willing to go home with some random guy she just met (in most cases the girl is drunk but not always) and fuck. Afterward, the girl will sometimes leave on her own but in most cases the guy will kick her out once he’s been satisfied.” Thankfully, attitudes are changing and the stigma attached to singles, particularly women, who are looking for something casual has finally begun to lift. But there’s still a lot to be done to protect, and empower, people to hook up, date, and communicate on their own terms.
The #MeToo movement has opened the floodgates for women (myself included) to name their harassers and be believed, but it’s bigger than that — it’s systemic. It’s time to unravel patriarchy and that’s certainly going to affect dating, too. OkCupid’s on to that in a big way with their new campaign that is #DTFixDating. If you can’t get rid of DTF, then make it your own so the power’s in your hands.
I caught up with a few women I admire about their views on DTF — how it makes them feel, and what it means to redefine it.
Whitney Eden works for an advertising agency. I’m a big fan of her biting blog, DoYouEvenTinderBro.com, where she posts sexist texts she receives via dating apps. She’s holding these guys accountable because their actions don’t take place in a “vacuum.”
Whitney has tried different dating apps but likes OkCupid best because it gives her more information so there’s a richer background. One has to match before messages can be sent to inboxes, which weeds out the “headless dudes” and in her case, filters out the far right. She says, “If you believe women shouldn’t have contraceptive rights, we should never go out.”
She thinks OkCupid’s new campaign is a great start, but only marks the beginning of a long, much-needed battle to change the meaning in a culture where the traditional meaning of DTF is so ingrained.
“For the longest time women were afraid to say, ‘I’m not looking for a no-strings-attached relationship.’ You’re not cool if you voice that, and men take advantage of it. And while women are used to placating men’s egos, the current climate has empowered women to listen to their own voices. ‘Do I want to have sex? Or am I going to have sex because he wants to have sex.’”
It’s not just women who are affected by DTF’s toxicity. Whitney adds, “Men are still beholden to heteronormative gender roles, but I think there is more acceptance now. You can be a man and have feelings — basically, you can be a human being.”
As to how Whitney would reappropriate DTF, she says, “I’m down to fight patriarchy.”
Francesca Vuillemin is a Fashion Market Editor at Reserved Magazine, which recently launched their “Equal Means Equal” ad, a push for equal pay for women in media. She’s also a kick-ass astrologer, a dear friend — and was my date to OkCupid’s launch celebration for their new campaign. We took “upside down” pictures in their photo booth (the clouds were at our feet and flowers above our heads) to overturn the old DTF narrative. We pretended to fall from the sky, flailing our arms — which proved difficult for the photographer to capture. He finally politely asked us to be still and strike a pose.
We browsed the ads screened on the surrounding walls, while drinking vodka cucumber cocktails. Francesca was particularly struck by the playfulness and tender connection in the ads “rather than just expressing one’s carnal side.” For instance, a woman carrying another woman with a red rose, gazing into her eyes, stood against a bright pink, background in one of the images.
“The problem with DTF is it’s been framed from the man’s perspective,” Francesca said. “And for me, the reappropriation of DTF would certainly be more about bonding, but would also create space for women who just want to have casual, consensual sex, to do so without the stigma.”
Women’s voices are being heard now more than ever which allows for a shifting narrative for both men and women. “The times are changing, allowing men to express their feminine sides and women to express their sexual sides without judgment.”
As to how she would reappropriate DTF, she says “Down to feel a deep spiritual connection.”
“So casual, consensual sex with a deep spiritual connection?” I ask her.
“Yes,” she laughs. “I have a Scorpio moon.”
Keren Eldad is a celebrity life and dating coach whom I had the pleasure of working with. I tried her Date With Enthusiasm program and it worked! (I’m dating someone very special.) She’s all about switching the narrative in your head. I had to work on my self- worth and shift my own negative patterning from “I don’t deserve” to “I do.”
Keren thinks OkCupid’s Wieden + Kennedy campaign has “hit the nail on the head” by “hacking DTF and changing the story.”
“Wieden + Kennedy has done an excellent job at stage one: Distract. When you have a train going 100 miles an hour at a tree you cannot just stop it. You must divert it. So [likening DTF to a runaway train] reappropriating the F is a great first step. You deserve not just ‘better’ you deserve ‘exactly what you want.’”
Keren advises singles to keep the movement in motion by “minding your own vibe” and coining your own phase, whether it’s Down to find love, or simply Down to love.
These three women I spoke with all have different histories, different goals, different wants—in love and in life. But they can all agree that changing the meaning of the F in DTF is the first step. Whether it’s Down to fight patriarchy, Down to find a deep spiritual connection, or Down to Love —now, I’m down with all that.
Written by Jasmine Lobe.
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Together with Rosetta Stone, we’re releasing our first Language of Love Report — just in time for Valentine’s Day
Contrary to what many of us predicted, the world did not implode in 2017. There’s always this year for a worldwide shutdown — but, despite everything that’s going on, we’re feeling pretty hopeful that 2018 may be the year of unity, versus division. We’re not just going out on a limb, here. We worked with Rosetta Stone to collect nearly 700,000 responses to questions on love and language, and how they intersect, and we found that most people don’t see differing languages as true barriers when it comes to love. It’s quite the opposite: our Language of Love Report proves that folks are increasingly open to relationships with people who speak different languages and come from different countries.
Today we find that people are turning away from an insular mindset, instead embracing the idea that interacting with people from other backgrounds is a good thing — in life in general, and in their love lives. In fact, nearly two-thirds of participants said they could date someone who doesn’t speak their language well. Ninety-two percent of singles surveyed said they’re interested in learning another language, and 94% said they’re more open-minded after they’ve visited somewhere new.
Clearly, the vast majority of the singles we polled are interested in language, and people who speak those different from their own. But the numbers show that it’s millennials (18–36) who are the most invested in love that crosses borders. While over half of both age groups 37 to 53, and 54 and above, believe that it is very important for a couple to come from the same country, less than one third of millennials do.
Millennials are nearly 10% more likely to be open to dating someone who doesn’t speak their language well compared to non-millennials. And they’re actually the generation that responds most positively to all questions on language and love — from being interested in learning another language, to be more open-minded after traveling somewhere new. In response to if they find someone who speaks another language more attractive than someone who does not, 73% of millennials responded “yes,” compared to 65% of those 37 to 53 and 53% of those 54 and above.
So what do we make of all of this? Well, we take it as good news — singles are increasingly open to dating people who speak different languages, and millennials are leading the way. We also see our Language of Love Report as offering some useful information for your dating game, just in time for Valentine’s Day: learn a new language (or at least start to), and you’ll quickly become one of the most attractive options out there. So download Rosetta Stone (click here for a special discount), learn some phrases, connect with someone on OkCupid — and have a great date!
Speak the language of love with someone new on OkCupid right now.
In 2018, people are more open to love that crosses borders than ever before was originally published in The OkCupid Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
We have 7 (easy) insider tips on how to set up your profile
We get it—setting up your OkCupid profile can be an intimidating task. But here’s the thing: you’re probably overthinking it. Actually, you’re definitely overthinking it. Don’t get us wrong, though; being thoughtful is a good thing, and shows that you care. So for all you thoughtful folks out there, we have 7 tips that we shared with the App Store that make getting started on your profile a whole lot less intimidating, and a whole lot more—dare we say—fun.
- Upload a variety of photos. Varying up your photos helps people see more of who you are and what you like to do. Start with a solo shot, then add in photos from trips or pics where you’re enjoying a hobby like cooking or even stamp collecting—trust us, someone out there is into it too.
So you've decided to sign up for @okcupid...Now you just need to optimize your profile so potential matches know how awesome you are! Here to help: relationship expert Cleo Stiller. Tip #1: Upload a variety of photos. Read for more tips: https://t.co/66bKrwvpVv https://t.co/2pFo1yUcjP
2. Caption your photos. Adding a caption to your photo gives potential matches a little more context—not to mention a possible conversation starter: “You like to ferment kimchi, too? So cool!” Plus, captioning your photos ensures you’ll show up in OkCupid Discovery, so you can connect with people who are interested in the same things you are. Discovery helps you get noticed for the things you really care about.
3. Spell check. Someone would really judge you for little typo? Yes. Over 75% of people say they’re less likely to respond to someone who has spelling mistakes in their profile. No harm in a quick proofread.
4. Update often. Here’s some insider info—when you update your profile, we show you to more people. It’s our little reward for your taking the time to show off who you are right now. And the benefits don’t stop there: when you update your profile on a regular basis, you’re making sure people aren’t interested in connecting with the you of 2016.
5. Show support. Today more than ever, people want to date people who care about the same things they do. So if you volunteer for a local organization or support a non-profit, say something in your profile! At OkCupid, we make it even easier to connect over certain causes; right now, we’re supporting Planned Parenthood (and Planned Parenthood supporters) with the #IStandWithPP profile badge for all users who support the non-profit. Stay tuned for the next organization to be featured!
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6. Add new pics. This one’s easy: adding new pics increases your likes by at least two times. And while you’re at it, you might as well connect your Instagram account. Folks who connect Instagram to their profile get more messages than those who don’t.
7. Upload pics taken in the late afternoon. This one’s a bit of a mystery, but data shows that it works. Users with photos taken in the late afternoon get more likes.
Now is the perfect time to set up your OkCupid profile—you’re just in time for Valentine’s Day, OkCupid is the only dating app with features like Discovery that show off who you really are, and now you have the tips you need to make a great profile! You got this. Check out all the video clips here.
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Share your best answers to our brand-new essay prompts for the chance to win big.
OkCupid has always been a place for people to meet based on what matters to them — which is why we’ve recently added 50 new essay prompts that help get to the core of who you are. And starting now, you’ll have the chance to win a $250 Visa e-gift card just for filling one out.
This contest runs from Monday February 5 at 10 AM EST through Monday February 13 at 10 AM EST. Here’s how to enter:
1. Respond to a new prompt on your OkCupid profile (to find them, open your OkCupid profile in the app or online and select a new prompt from the drop-down menu).
2. Take a screenshot of it and either post it to Instagram or Twitter, and include the following in the caption: “@okcupid” the hashtags “#mybestresponse” “#myOkCupidprofile” and “#contest”.
3. You must also be following OkCupid on whichever channel you post on — either Instagram or Twitter.
4. We’ll DM the winner on the respective channel.
So prepare your mightiest sentences and most favorite words for a chance to win. Our best advice? Be real, and be yourself. After all, it’s your dating profile.
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In the event of a dispute as to the identity of Entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the Twitter or Instagram account used to enter will be deemed to be Entrant. A potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. The “authorized account holder” of an email address is the natural person assigned to that email address by any organization (business, educational institution, etc.) responsible for assigning accounts to that email address. If the identity of the individual who actually participated in the Promotion cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected individual’s entry will be deemed ineligible.
Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify any individual it finds to be in violation of these Official Rules, tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion (including, but not limited to, tampering with websites, email addresses, or phone numbers), or acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt to undermine the operation of the Promotion may be a violation of criminal or civil law, and Sponsor may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law from any person it finds to have made such an attempt.
6. Prize. There are two prizes available to be won. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of all prizes is five hundred dollars ($500).
Grand Prize: There are two Grand Prizes. Each Grand Prize consists of one VISA e-gift card, pre-loaded in the amount of $250. ARV of each Grand Prize is two hundred fifty dollars ($250).
Actual value of prize may vary. All additional costs, including, but not limited to surcharges, fees, taxes, and other personal charges not specifically described as part of the prizes above are not included in the prizes. No compensation or substitution will be provided for any difference in prize value. Sponsor is in no way responsible for any cancellations, delays, postponements, diversions, substitutions, changes in service or accommodations, or any other act, omission, or result thereof, caused by any third party. All prizes must be accepted as awarded without substitution and are not, in whole or in part, assignable, transferable, or available for resale. Prizes have no cash surrender value, except where required by law. Sponsor has made no warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize. This includes, without limitation, any warranty, representation, or guarantee related to any prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose. Prizes are subject to availability and Sponsor may substitute a prize (or a component thereof) with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Other prize substitution options are available where required by law. Federal, state, and local taxes and all other costs and expenses associated with acceptance and use of any prize not specified herein as being awarded are the winner’s sole responsibility. Prize specific terms and conditions apply. If the winner elects not to partake in any portion of the prize, any remainder of the prize that is unused will be forfeited and will not be subject to further or additional compensation.
Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If any potential winner is disqualified, not eligible, or for any other reason cannot accept the prize as stated, then Sponsor may select a new potential winner from the remaining pool of eligible Entrants using the Criteria (as defined below). Where legal, the winner may be required to submit, without alteration and in the form provided by Sponsor, a completed and signed Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability & Publicity Release (the “Release”) within the required time period communicated in the Release to be eligible to receive or participate in any prize.
Only the number of each prize set forth in these Official Rules will be awarded. In the event that any mistake, failure, or discrepancy causes more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be promoted, noticed, or claimed, Sponsor may award only the stated number of prizes by applying the Criteria to all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims.
7. Winner Determination and Verification. The process leading to the selection of a potential prize winner is within the sole discretion of Sponsor. Within a reasonable time after the end of the Promotion Period, two potential winners will be selected from the pool of all eligible entries received during the Promotion Period. The potential winners will be chosen by a panel of five judges who are OkCupid marketing employees, based on the following judging criteria applied to each Entrant’s entry: Thoughtfulness (25%), Creativity (50%), and Overall Appeal (25%) (together, the “Criteria”). The two Entrants with the highest combined score on the Criteria will be selected as the potential winner. In the event of a tie, the Entrant with the higher score on the more heavily weighted criteria (Creativity) will be selected as the potential winner.
Potential winners are each subject to eligibility verification, on an ongoing basis, by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding. An Entrant is not a winner of any prize, even if notified of being a winner and/or issued any item of value, unless and until Entrant’s eligibility has been, and continues to be verified to the satisfaction of Sponsor.
To be verified as eligible to receive a prize, each potential winner must fulfill all requirements and continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and not be disqualified for any reason. Each potential winner will be notified by Twitter message, Instagram message, or email (subject to Sponsor’s discretion). If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted using the information provided, or fails to respond to Sponsor’s attempt to notify them of selection within three business days; if any prize or notification is returned as undeliverable or yields an error or undeliverable type “bounce back” email (regardless if the message is ultimately delivered to the recipient); if the potential winner fails to sign and return the Release or any other required documentation or fails to comply with these Official Rules; if a potential winner is unable or unwilling to accept the prize (or any portion) as stated; or if the potential winner cannot be verified as eligible for any reason at any time before, during, or after the Promotion Period, the potential winner is disqualified and/or forfeits the prize (or relevant portion), and an alternate potential winner will be selected from among the remaining eligible entries based on the Criteria.
In the event that an Entrant or potential winner is disqualified or fails to claim a prize for any reason, the foregoing process will be repeated until all prizes are awarded OR until three attempts have been made to award each prize and each attempt has failed. IF ANY PRIZE REMAINS UNAWARDED FOR ANY REASON AFTER THREE ATTEMPTS, THAT PRIZE WILL NOT BE AWARDED IN THIS PROMOTION. If any winner is awarded and claims a prize, a winners list may be obtained by printing the requestor’s name, address, city, state or province/territory and zip or postal code on a 3x5" postcard and mailing it to Humor Rainbow, Inc., Attn: New Profile Prompts Contest Winners List, 555 West 18th Street, 4th Floor, New York, New York 10011. Limit one request per person, per household.
Odds of winning any prize depend on the number of eligible entries received.
8. Limitations of Liability. By entering or participating in this Promotion or any prize in any way, each Entrant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless, and thereby does release and discharge Sponsor, Content Hosts, and each of their respective parent and affiliate companies, vendors, suppliers, consultants, sub-contractors, distributors, legal counsel, and advertising, marketing, public relations, and promotional/fulfillment agencies, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such individual (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any loss, damage, injury, claim, or cause of action related in any way whatsoever to this Promotion, these Official Rules, or the rights, consents and licenses granted to Sponsor under these Official Rules, including, but not limited to, infringement of any right of publicity or intellectual property; threatened or actual injury, loss or damage to any person, including death and disability; defamation or portrayal in a false light (intentional and unintentional); invasion of privacy; and damage to or loss of property, arising out of such Entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use, non-use or misuse of any prize. In no event will Released Parties be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising out of this Promotion. (Some jurisdictions may not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages or exclusion of implied warranties. Check local laws for restrictions regarding these limitations or exclusions.)
Entrants waive any right to claim ambiguity in these Official Rules. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) technical failures of any kind; (2) incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Entrants, any internet or email service provider, any promotional or advertising agency, printing or computing errors, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (4) technical or human error that may occur in the administration of the Promotion, the processing of entries or the announcement of the winner and prize; (5) any injury or damage to persons or property that may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by Entrant’s participation in the Promotion; (6) the receipt, use or misuse of any prize; or (7) any other errors in any materials, information or announcements associated with the Promotion. If for any reason an Entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted by Sponsor, Entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Promotion, subject to availability and provided that the Promotion Period has not then expired.
EACH ENTRANT WAIVES CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE § 1542 (AND ALL SIMILAR LAWS OF ANY STATE OR TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES), WHICH READS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.” EACH ENTRANT REPRESENTS AND WARRANTS FULL UNDERSTANDING OF, AND ACKNOWLEDGES THE SIGNIFICANCE AND CONSEQUENCE OF, WAIVER OF CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE § 1542 (AND ALL SIMILAR LAWS OF ANY STATE OR TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES).
9. LICENSES FROM ENTRANT. To the extent allowed by law, participation in the Promotion in any way and/or acceptance of, or participation in, any prize constitutes each Entrant’s consent for, and grant of a non-exclusive, sub-licensable and assignable license to Sponsor to use, publish, post, or display Entrant’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, statements, prize information, biographical information, and hometown and state, province, or territory, regardless of whether altered, distorted, or used alone or with other material, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, for promotional, advertising, trade, and publicity purposes in any medium now known or later discovered, worldwide and in perpetuity, without review or approval, and without further notice, payment, or consideration of any kind.
By uploading, submitting, or posting any photo or written material related to this Promotion, regardless of whether such photo or written material is selected as a winning entry, Entrant grants Sponsor a non-exclusive, royalty-free license, with the right to sublicense, to use, download, reproduce, copy, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute the photo or written material using all mediums or distribution methods now known or later developed, including on any social media platform, whether modified or unmodified, in whole or in part, individually or as part of a compilation, for any lawful purpose whatsoever, with such license extending to, without limitation, all trademark rights, copyright rights, and all publicity and privacy rights of any kind, worldwide and in perpetuity. Entrant agrees that Sponsor may make the photo or written material available on the internet for public access and information, and grants Sponsor permission for such internet publication and use. Entrant waives the right to inspect or approve any use of the photo or written material by Sponsor, including any associated written or electronic copy added by Sponsor. Sponsor is permitted, although not obligated, to include Entrant’s name as a credit in connection with any use of the photo or written material. Entrant agrees that Sponsor is not obligated to use any of the rights granted to it by Entrant in these Official Rules.
All rights, consents and licenses granted to Sponsor under these Official Rules will survive the termination of this Promotion. Such consents and licenses may only be revoked in writing, and the mere ending of this Promotion or Promotion Period is not sufficient to revoke such consents or licenses.
10. Right to Modify or Cancel. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event any provision is found invalid or unenforceable, these Official Rules will otherwise remain in effect in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was never included. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any provision of these Official Rules does not constitute a waiver of that provision.
Sponsor may cancel, suspend or modify the Promotion or any part of it, in any way, if Sponsor determines in its sole discretion that the Promotion is not capable of executing as Sponsor intended, or that any mistake, clerical, or typographical error, omission, fraud, technical failure, tampering, computer virus, or other factor, technical or otherwise, beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control, impairs or may impair Sponsor’s ability to properly conduct the Promotion, subject to any applicable law or regulation. In such event, Sponsor may, but is not obligated to, award any applicable prize(s) by using the Criteria to select a winner from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the cancellation, suspension, or modification of the Promotion. Inclusion in such judging pool is Entrant’s exclusive remedy under such circumstances.
In the event of an inconsistency between these Official Rules and any disclosure or other statement contained in any Promotion-related materials, including, but not limited to, a Promotion entry form or any point-of-sale, radio, television, print, or online advertising, these Official Rules will prevail and govern.
11. Disputes. Except where prohibited by law, Entrant agrees that: (1) all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any prize awarded will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate federal or state court located in New York County, New York; and (2) all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event attorneys’ fees. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights or obligations of Entrant or Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules that would cause the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction.
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Check out 15 provocative images, from artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, that redefine DTF
Last week, we announced our campaign to redefine DTF. You see, for way too long, DTF has been used in a derogatory way, thrown around during “locker room” talk—talk we’ll no longer tolerate. So we’re on a mission to flip the script on DTF. After all, shouldn’t the person it’s describing be the one to decide what it means? The F should be your F to choose, to be whatever the F you want it to be.
Developed by Wieden + Kennedy (the powerhouse agency behind campaigns for the likes of Nike and Spotify), our DTF campaign reminds daters of what they deserve: better. And to really bring this movement to life, we worked with famed duo Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari to create arresting images that do just that. The creators of Toliet Paper Magazine, Cattelan and Ferrari’s work on DTF is colorful, provocative, inclusive, and beautiful. But don’t trust us—we’re not the only ones who think the images look like little works of art.
If you need some inspiration for how you’ll redefine DTF, we’re sharing 15 images here—so take a look. Which is your favorite? Your least? Don’t worry, we won’t be mad—we truly want to know what you like and what you don’t, what inspires you and what offends you. We also won’t be mad if you decide to share your favorite on Instagram and Twitter.
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Dating deserves better, and so do you
You’re an interesting, thoughtful person. Of course you deserve better than late-night “you up?” texts, and your dates talking with friends about whether or not you’re DTF. Something has to change, because the problem with phrases like DTF is that too many people, especially women, don’t appreciate the question or the context. In a recent poll of 60,000 OkCupid users, nearly 80% of women said there’s too much emphasis on being DTF in dating today.
So if DTF is here to stay, we can change its meaning so it does the opposite of what it does now. So instead, it makes you feel confident and empowered. The F should be whatever the F*ck you want it to be. Flip that hair. Fight about the President. Fall head over heels. Because you deserve the exact same thing that dating deserves: better.
So let’s flip the script on DTF.
Let’s take something that’s often used to impose an antiquated dynamic on relationships, and turn it into a positive, powerful thing, for women in particular. Let’s do it because dating deserves better, you deserve better, and repositioning a once negative label into a positive one actually works. (Yes, we’re talking DTF and academic research all in one sentence — bear with us.) “When someone reappropriates a term by self-labeling, people view that person as more powerful, and the negativity of the word becomes less,” says Cynthia Wang, Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University and co-author of a study on the reappropriation of stigmatizing labels. “There’s evidence to suggest that the same can be done with relabeling, when someone or something relabels a term and then those who are labeled by it then self-label as such.” Basically, you choose your F and you become more powerful. If you’re DTFight Gender Stereotypes by Footing the Bill, then more power to you — literally.
And let’s be clear.
OkCupid is the dating app that shows who you really are, beyond just a photo. You have stories to tell, and passions to share, and things to talk about that are more interesting than the weather. You might be DTFarmer’s Market on the weekends and DTFight about the President after a particularly cringe-worthy tweet. There are other people on OkCupid who are down for the same things, and you don’t have to wait till the date to find out. We ask our users thousands of question so we can connect you with people who share your values; and now, with our movement to change how DTF is used, we’ve added questions to help you find dates who are looking for the same F that you are.
“Some dating apps put the focus on the photo, but our users are interested in getting below the surface. Subverting the meaning of DTF lets them do just that,” says OkCupid CMO, Melissa Hobley. “Empowering our users to define DTF for themselves, and helping them connect over their shared preferred Fs, takes away the negativity and makes DTF something you actually want to see in a message.”
You should get noticed for who you are, not what you look like. You should have the power to decide whether you’re down to F*ck, Flirt, Fall head over heels, or Filter out the Far Right. At OkCupid, we’re #DTFixDating.
See more images here.
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Our #IStandWithPP badge is back by popular demand
Starting today, you may see the #IStandWithPP badge on user profiles. The badge only shows up on profiles where the user publicly answered “no” to “Should the government defund Planned Parenthood?” And it only appears in DoubleTake on the app. So if you want to answer the question, or change your response, click here. And don’t worry—if you’ve answered “no” publicly, you might not see the badge on your own profile, but other users will see it on yours.
And if you want to learn more about how this all got started, click here.