I gave up on dating

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The fader and I had been seeing each other for a couple of months. They’re choosing instead the cat n’ vibrator model, which used to be the saddest of tropes.

They don’t, for example, make New Year’s Eve plans with you and then act like you’re the thirstiest bitch alive when you text them about it later. Instagram accounts like @beigecardigan, @mytherapistsays, @betches and @bustle are full of memes about how it’s better to stay home than see anyone at all, let alone spending precious hours plucking each errant hair from one’s genitals, smearing one’s face with numerous paints, and going out of doors solely to catch some rogue male’s eye.The assignment was to compose a fictitious piece through extrapolating on one of two statements: “Love Makes the World Go Around,”or “Money Makes the World Go Around.” Being the idealistic and naive 13 year old, I wrote a piece that I still remember, about the year 2770, where a paleontologist discovers some wonderfully rare remains of the tyrannosaurus rex, and realizes that because there is not enough compassion left in the world to care about these remains, that he cannot do anything with his discovery.The lack of love, conflated with a healthy disregard for compassion, was what drove the story.I drank the better part of a mickey of whiskey and proceeded to make out with my host. I received only short, delayed answers where before there had been boisterous banter. Women are becoming more adept at f-ckboy-spotting, and, increasingly, we are eschewing the idea of “dating” altogether.After a healthy round of vomiting, I passed out cold on the floor of my workplace, as I had drunkenly locked myself out of my home. When I got back to Toronto, I asked him what the hell was going on. Many hetero cis women I know have even given up sex.Some were big, like visit Australia (my home) and learn Spanish; some were small, like (finally!

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