One fall evening, a group of Brown University seniors sat around a kitchen table in an off-campus apartment, casually drinking before a night out on the town. A Cosmopolitan magazine had been left on the counter by one of the female tenants, and it wasn’t long before one of the guys spotted it. He opened to a random page – sex confessions – and began to read, periodically pausing to gape at the absurd stories.
In case you are unfamiliar with this top-notch publication, Cosmopolitan is known for its unfiltered and often-absurdly unrealistic sex and relationship tips. Sure, it may be marketed towards a female audience, but who is to say that our male counterparts would not also benefit from the magazine’s wisdom? The logical next step to this enlightening process was to recreate the experience, but this time with
anti-freeze Fireball and a BlogDH videographer at hand to document the entire event.
Behold: Guys getting drunk and reading Cosmo.
Video shot and edited by Frida Perez ’17.
For those of you who haven’t heard about Lulu, it’s an app that lets girls rate guys. It’s advertised as “the first database of men, built by women, for women.” The app is only accessible to girls with Facebook accounts and claims to be “as private as you want it to be.” The app also has a counterpart for males, allowing them to see the general feedback they have received, in addition to receiving”tips and insights about the mysterious world of women.”
Let’s run down our opinions on it, shall we?
According to Cosmopolitan, Lulu is is the lovechild of Sex and the City and Facebook. I am not so sure. Why? Because Sex and the City rocks and this app kind of sucks. Upon initially hearing about Lulu, on a scale of one-to-puke, I wanted run to the toilet and clutch my stomach for dear life. After cruising for a solid
three hours twenty minutes, I realized, however, that this app has major trolling potential. I am going to share exactly how this app grinds my gears, but also why it’s mildly hilarious.
Prepare yourselves because I’m about to go all Upton Sinclair in the The Jungle‘s meatpacking district.
99 Problems and they’re all about Lulu– There are definitely some serious problems with Lulu. For example, the app is painfully hetereonormative (…can I graduate now?). Ignoring Lulu’s other problems, simply look at the fact that it only allows girls to access the app to only rate guys. A massive red flag should be going up right about now. We live in world where plenty of people don’t adhere the Lulu norm, but ladies, its all okay in the end because “Lulu gives [you] the power to be Taylor Swift,” according to its blog: “Enough said.”
Hold up… I’m sorry, what?