Whitney Wolfe's 'Daily Show' Appearance Spotlights This Fascinating Feminist In Tech
On Tuesday night, the head of one of the newest, hottest, most intriguing dating apps out there is going to be sitting down for an interview with the newest force on the late-night cable circuit. Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe will be chatting with Trevor Noah, the fledgling host of The Daily Show, on his second-ever episode. And if you're free when it airs, or even if you have to watch the episode online after the fact, you won't want to miss it. Here's why you should watch Whitney Wolfe on The Daily Show .
The first reason, simply enough, is that the show is entering new and uncharted territory with Noah as its host. As such, it's a perfect time to get reacquainted with the long-running, venerated comedy news series. But you'd also be hard-pressed to find a more fascinating player in the tech startup scene than Wolfe, whose app, Bumble, has managed to upend one of the most familiar, dismal trends in online dating.
Basically, as anyone who's ever tried their hand at online dating knows, these kinds of apps can be a slightly overwhelming and dispiriting experience for women. Basically, you've got an inbox full of messages, and while you might make a fun or exciting connection, there's also bound to be a lot of ... unwanted attention, let's say. Even outright harrowing harassment and grossly sexist verbal abuse.
But Bumble shuffles up the cards, leaving the power to make these connections solely in the hands of its female users. Both men and women on the app can swipe whether they like another user's profile or not, but it's up to the women to send the first message. Meaning you can use the app with less fear of, say, getting random dick pics from people you've never seen before.
In short, Wolfe's newest venture has provided and immense service to the women of the online dating world, and it's something that even men can reap the benefits of. The assumption that men need to be the ones to "make the first move," so to speak, is itself a patriarchal and onerous behavior standard. It's relaxing to be able to just sit back and wait for somebody to get in touch, rather than feeling all that pressure to reach out stuck on your shoulders.
Basically, Wolfe is a fascinating figure within tech, and she's unapologetic about her ideals. She explicitly identifies as a feminist, and back in May, she told The Telegraph that she used to sense that the very word bothered the men around her (she was a co-founder of Tinder, and ultimately sued the company for sexual harassment, reaching a settlement in late 2014). But now, heading up Bumble, things are altogether different. It's an openly feminist venture, and that's precisely the kind of unapologetic, straightforward recognition that the tech and dating app industries both demand.
Simply put, whatever Wolfe and Noah end up talking about, you can bet that it'll be engaging and interesting, and might just make a few waves. The Daily Show airs on Comedy Central, at 11:00 p.m. on both the East and West Coasts.
Image: Jordan Doner, courtesy of Bumble