New "Hinder" App Is Tinder For Reproductive Rights

by Lara Rutherford-Morrison

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing that you could swipe left on Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, and other politicians hell-bent on corroding reproductive rights, it's your lucky day: Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and Lady Parts Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to improving reproductive rights, have created Hinder, a parody app that combines Tinder and reproductive rights. Hinder works essentially the way that Tinder does: a candidate for your affections (and your vote) pops up on screen, with info about his or her interests and hobbies. In this case, however, rather than telling you that your potential match enjoys smooth jazz and romantic walks on the beach, the app lets you know if his or her hobbies include things like “defunding Planned Parenthood” and “trying to force women seeking abortions to have medically unnecessary vaginal probes.”

In a video that introduces the app (and rather brilliantly parodies TED talks), Winstead announces, “In the field of exposing women-hating douchebags, there has never been a more exciting time.” She describes Hinder as “an exciting new technological innovation that’s going to give you access to all of the people who want access to you, to your body, to you sex life, to your medical decisions.”

When you open Hinder, you can choose your state. The app will then let you scroll through potential matches, like Gov. Mike Huckabee here:

You can get more info about the politician’s stance on reproductive rights and women’s health by pressing the info button:

And then you get to swipe left and say dramatically, "No, thank you, sir!" (Or perhaps something less polite. I don't know how you roll.)

According to the Huffington Post, the app was originally rejected by Apple on the grounds that it violated policies banning “offensive” or “defamatory” content; however, Winstead told Cosmopolitan last night that Apple has now accepted the app.

These are a few of the other folks you’ll find on Hinder:

Somehow this app manages to be both fun and SUPER depressing at the same time. I'd love to see it expanded to include public figures who do support reproductive rights and women's access to healthcare, if only so that my thumb would get a chance to swipe right once in a while. Get Hinder here.

Images: YouTube; Hinder (9)