What is “petro-masculinity” and does it harm your love life?

There’s a lot you could do wrong on dating apps, and being a climate change denier is one of the worst offenses these days. According to recent data from online dating platform OkCupid, climate change denial is the biggest deal breaker for online daters today. Of 250,000 users surveyed, 90% of users said it was important for potential matches to care about the climate crisis, according to The Hill.

Climate change — and the conflicting opinions surrounding it — has become an increasingly prominent issue in the online dating space in recent years. In 2020, OkCupid released a feature allowing daters to filter out potential matches who don’t share their views on climate change, and the following year introduced a climate change advocate badge that users could pin to their profile to swear their allegiance to environmental activism. Meanwhile, other dating apps noted similar trends, with 2019 Tinder data revealing terms such as ‘climate change’, ‘social justice’ and ‘the environment’ being particularly popular among daters on the platform. -form.

The most recent data from OkCupid also highlights a gender gap in climate concerns, revealing that worries about climate change and finding like-minded partners were more common among women than their male counterparts. . According to data from OkCupid, women were about seven percent more likely than men to say they were concerned about climate change, and were also seven percent more likely to say it was important for their partner to share those concerns.

As Fortune noted, this gap in climate change concerns among dating app users appears to reflect the broader phenomenon of “petro-masculinity,” a term used to refer to an increased tendency among men to reject concerns about climate change and to attach some level of masculine value to this rejection. Think of that guy who insists on driving a big, gas-guzzling truck when he doesn’t need a vehicle that size and laughs at men who recycle and drive a Prius. The term was first coined by Cara Daggett in the 2018 article, Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire, in which she claims that men (especially those of the white, conservative variety) “seem to be among the most outspoken climate deniers, as well as the leading proponents of fossil fuels in the West.

Of course, climate change deniers come in all shapes, sizes and gender identities. Also, I don’t know if putting a badge on your dating app profile and refusing to date other people who don’t also have that badge on their profile really makes someone a climate hero. Having mediocre sex with someone you met on the internet who might be trying to retrain sometimes probably won’t save us all from impending doom. But I guess now climate change activists are really looking for a like-minded person to wait out the climate apocalypse with, so at least pretending to care will probably help your chances.

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