LADIES FIRST

Could th­ese three free apps de­signed for women cure all your dat­ing woes?

Elle (Canada) - - Relationship -

LULU Over 100,000 Cana­di­ans are us­ing this crowd-sourced take on the lit­tle-black-book-for-the-Tin­der­gen­er­a­tion. Women (and a small per­cent­age of men) can rate guys they have dated (on ev­ery­thing from sense of hu­mour to dress sense) and give them pre­fab de­scrip­tors like #nev­er­sleepsover. Pros It’s a huge boon to be able to check out a dude be­fore a date. Cons The bath­room-wall po­ten­tial is high. BUM­BLE Imag­ine Tin­der but with the pro­viso that only fe­male users can ini­ti­ate con­tact once the mu­tual right-swipe has hap­pened. It boasts 100,000 Cana­dian users with an even split of men and women. Pros Matches have to be ap­proached within 24 hours. The app has ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, such as ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion of the daters. Cons Some­one can still send you an un­so­licited, um, in­ti­mate pic­ture, even if you ini­ti­ated con­tact. WYLDFIRE This app sells it­self on making women the “gate­keep­ers,” mean­ing guys can only join if a lady in­vites them into the net­work. Once in, users (15,000 in Canada, with 46 per­cent dudes) can send mes­sages or drop “hints” to one an­other. Pros There’s a higher level of ac­count­abil­ity given that ev­ery man in the plat­form’s dat­ing pool has been vouched for. Cons Works on the de­bat­able premise that other women have good taste in men.

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