Is There Really an App for That?: Lulu

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Editor’s Note: In the column “Is There Really an App for That?,” staff writer Mary Stringini offers her opinions on apps for iOS and Android devices.

There are many apps available these days for the iPhone and Android that make one ask, “What is society coming to? Is the current generation really this superficial? How is it that these apps actually exist? And even worse, why are they so popular?”

Are parents no longer teaching their children not to talk bad about other kids behind their backs? Because now, there’s even an app for that.

Lulu is an app for women that, when downloaded, requires you to log on through your Facebook account in order to verify that you are a female. It is a complete boy-free zone that is advertised as the “first-ever network to unleash the value of girl talk and empower girls to make smarter decisions – starting with relationships.”

It has a profile for every guy that is available to the world on Facebook (without their consent) where girls can read reviews about the guys from other anonymous girls and even rate the guys themselves. Everything from their looks, personality and commitment level to how they handle themselves in the bedroom is publicly rated on a scale of one-10 for the whole female population to see. After that, you are asked to select from a list of specific hashtags to describe the poor guy’s “best” and “worst” qualities. Some of the more ridiculous hashtags include #DirtyTalkPro, #AInAnatomy, #SexualPanther, #Manscaped #QuestionableSearchHistory #GetsInFights, #CheaperThanABigMac, #ManChild and even #OwnsCrocs.

Users select from a list of specific hashtags to describe a man's  best and worst qualities. Users select from a list of specific hashtags to describe a man’s best and worst qualities.

Sure, Lulu is amusing, but also really unfortunate for the guys that are subjected to it. This app is nothing more than slander.

To put that into perspective, if a girl really hates a guy, she can go ahead and rate him at a 2.4 and make up as many “worst qualities” as she feels like posting it out there for all other girls to see. The app does not verify the facts behind the cruel, defamatory statements it allows women to anonymously post about men. Yet they put it out there as a “warning” for all future women in the man’s life. It is taking crazy ex-girlfriend to an entirely new level and allows girls to stalk like never before.

If the same app was made for guys to access and rate girls, there would be a worldwide outbreak by feminists about how completely sexist the app is – yet apparently that standard is only one sided. The app is blatantly asking women to sexualize and degrade the men in their lives for the whole world to see.

For many women, curiosity is a powerful motivator to download this app. Women want to know what other women think, especially concerning men. Setting aside how completely absurd this app is, for a girl it is also unbelievably entertaining. You will get a good laugh out of it, that’s for sure. Especially when you see the reviews on guys that you know really well.

Sure, there are negative reviews about some guys that are completely dead on, but most of the time they seem to be completely fabricated. Lets be honest, all women love seeing other women criticize their ex-boyfriends and it might even soothe the pain. But most endings to relationships are complex and can’t be understood from only one side.

Ladies: Refrain from diminishing guys’ relationship accountability just because things did not work out between the two of you. Don’t use Lulu.

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