Woman accuses Badoo of sexism for its 'what's your favourite chore?' prompt

Some dating apps, such as Hinge and now Tinder, have prompts, which are pre-written statements that can help start a conversation.

On dating app Badoo, one of these prompts has been accused of sexism.

Recruiter Jess Becker, 29, matched with a guy on the app for singletons but was shocked to see his conversation starter.

The North Londoner received a message saying ‘what is your favourite household chore?’.

The match told her that it was a ‘pre-written Badoo special’ as part of their prompts, which can be edited by users.

Jess shared the exchange on her Instagram where she said it was ‘unacceptable’ to receive messages like this in 2020.

Badoo has now said it will be removing the statement and looking into its other prompts.

Jess, who runs her own T-shirt company, showed screenshots to her Instagram followers, saying: ‘This isn’t the 1950s. Not cool of a top global dating app to give men a pre-written pickup line to send to women. Stop the stereotypes!!’

Speaking to Femail, Jess added: ‘I haven’t spoken to Badoo yet. I’m not an incredibly angry feminist but I saw it and I was like “wow, it’s 2020, this is unacceptable, if any guys are saying that on dating apps, it’s just degrading”.’

She adds that she’s on multiple apps where she hasn’t come across a similar prompt.

Badoo responded to Jess’ comments, saying: ‘[Our prompts] range from “has a stranger ever changed your life?” to “what’s the worst advice you’ve ever given?” – with dozens more in between.

‘Feedback tells us they help our members break the ice, and get over the “stage fright” contacting a stranger for the first time can sometimes cause.

‘One of the questions in our long list is “what is your favourite household chore?”, which, like all our suggestions, is available for any gender to use on the app, should they wish to.

‘We do appreciate how this question could be used in a sexist way, and as well as removing this particular question will be taking a closer look at all our prompts.’

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