Bumble, ever hear of it? Me neither. Apparently. it’s a dating app geared toward “shaking up outdated gender norms” where “women make the first move,” according to ithe website.
Earlier this year Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd banned users from posting gun pics in their profiles, and in a recent interview with Fast Company, she explained the decision.
“When I started the company [in 2014], I really founded it with one main objective in place, which was accountability,” she said. “How could we engineer accountability into the internet? How do we make the internet a kinder place?”
It was that credo that eventually led to the call to ban gun photos.
“It shocked a lot of people, but for us it was just a no-brainer,” Wolfe Herd said. “It was just a natural progression of us trying to live our values.”
The shock was due in part to the fact that Bumble is based in Austin, Texas. She said after the announcement there were “threats” made against the company.
“We’re not trying to say that we’re preventing anybody that behaves in a responsible way with the proper licensing to be on our platform,” she continued. “We truly believe that using weapons as a mechanism to attract a date is not right, and we don’t believe in that. We don’t want to validate that.”
Wolfe Herd doesn’t believe in validating people who lawfully exercise their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. As the co-founder of the Bumble and its chief exec, it’s perfectly within her scope to ban those photos. But it makes absolutely zero sense, especially for a company that purportedly cares about upending “gender norms” and creating a “kinder place.”
Perhaps she’s never heard the ole, “An armed society is a polite society.” And, maybe she doesn’t realize that nothing says female empowerment quite like a well-armed and well-trained woman. If part of the goal of the app is to push back at a domineering patriarchy then Bumble should be going out of its way to celebrate women who are 2A practitioners, not reinforcing the stereotype, via censorship, that gun ownership is exclusively a male-oriented activity. Women (and men) need to see other women exercising 2A rights!
What I’m saying is that in an environment where women are empowered to make the first move, they ought to be permitted to post pics of themselves carrying and shooting firearms. Guns in the hands of women don’t just symbolize patriotism, discipline, and self-reliance — they also send an unmistakable message to potential suitors, “Sure, I’ll take your kindness; but I’ll also command your respect.”