Little Miss Shy …Goes Online Dating

One of my besties recently brought this book back from the UK as a gift for me.

She’d seen the title and immediately thought of me – not that you’d think ‘shy’ as soon as you clap eyes on me, but she knows me well. (For those of you interested in the MBTI, check out INFJ).

This ‘adult take’ on the famous Mr Men is so ‘on point’ it’s not funny. It takes readers through the hilarious journey of peculiar and mismatched dates – here’s some dialogue to give you some idea:

“But we’re the perfect match!” said Mr S. Mall
Little Miss Shy slowly backed away and shut the door.
The next day she received an invoice for the chocolates he’d brought her, his travel costs and two weeks of therapy sessions.”

I love the way Little Miss Shy Goes Online Dating ends – stay tuned for that – and the modern social lens through which the book is viewed. It accepts not only the weird and wonderful world of online dating and the altered social landscape that the internet, smartphones and social media has wrought, but also the wider variety of ‘acceptable’ when it comes to relationships.

Nowadays we don’t have to settle for the traditional ‘walk-down-the-aisle-in-white’ type of marriage (although it’s personally shocking to me how that ideal has made a comeback). But while we’re talking marriage, it doesn’t have to be the mainstream concept of unquestioned monogamy either.

I’ll soon be adding my voice to the widespread social dialogue that’s been cooking in recent times about monogamy as a social ideal, and the problems inherent in that model we’ve been handed down through generations. So stay tuned for that.

The types of relationship options that exist now would be an anathema to my own parents and certainly to my great-grandparents. The idea of polyamory , RA (relationship anarchy)  or open marriages,  ‘living apart together’ or actively choosing to be single were mostly foreign concepts in previous generations.

Of course in our modern post-internet age it’s also acceptable, if not expected, that if you’re single you take opportunities to meet people and be sexually active. This is the ideal that most of us strive for, to sit somewhere on the spectrum of looking for ‘the one’, finding ‘the one’ or perhaps finding one or more relationships that make us feel content or potentially even ‘happy’ (that elusive state).

When I first considered the idea of ‘dating’ men again after my marriage of more than two decades imploded, I knew that I wasn’t ready to launch straight back into a monogamous relationship. I’d regularly bucked against that strangehold over the years, as many people do, and I was fresh out of ‘jail’ so I wasn’t about to leap back into a chastity belt with only one keyholder.

It had taken me a while to even recognise men as a desirable species so I was taking baby steps towards some kind of new life.

I also didn’t want to have to live up to someone’s expectations about the whole dating thang. I didn’t want to edge towards another live-in partnership.

And then there was sex. I wasn’t ashamed of my craving for sexual intimacy, in fact I saw it as my right and a driving factor in my search for meaningful experiences.

As regular readers will know, I have delved deep into the issues of perceptions of female desirability, and motherhood as a state that can potentially render us sexless or invisible.

Enter the creation of the MILF, the ‘yummy mummy’ and the cougar! I learned about all of these social constructs as a virgin in Online Dating World, after struggling in The Matrix with my eyes closed during those cocooning years of marriage and raising kids.

Although I grappled with being named a cougar or a MILF, I knew one thing for sure. Just because I’d gestated children and had a separate identity as Mum, it didn’t mean I had no right to a life of my own. My ex tried his best to bind me to sexless, maternal servitude but I remained determined to carve out a niche that gave me power, satisfaction and escape.

I also banned the word ‘should’ from my vocabulary. I ‘should’ be having candlelit dinner dates or walks along the beach? Nonsense. I didn’t have free nights, so my exploration was going to be conducted in daylight hours. I ‘should’ be dating men my own age? Rubbish. I’ll date anyone I damned please, and if young men are interested in me, all the better! I ‘should’ be looking towards another long-term partnership. Bullshit. I wanted to play the field and experiment. I’d been married my whole adult life, and I was just beginning to feel the first seeds of regret. I was glimpsing life on the other side, and the world of potential I saw was enticing.

But if I didn’t want marriage or monogamous partnership, what other choices did I have? What was there in the multifarious, shady world between casual sex and marriage?

To be continued…

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33 thoughts on “Little Miss Shy …Goes Online Dating

  1. ~raises fist to be cool for the kiddies~ Hear, hear Eve!
    You do what you wants Eve. You’ve had your kiddies, time to focus on YOU!

    And I’m an INFP. Ha. Who would have thunk we’d be so *close*. 😉

    I always like Mr Bump myself. I still have a childhood doona cover with Mr. Men on it.
    In view as I type this. ~laughs nodding~ Yeppers, I might take a pic for you one day Eve.

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      1. ~laughs nodding~ I’ve come across only one other that is as close as you are Eve. It does not happen often, and is a trip when it does. 🙂

        Yes, I read you still have your little ones at home Eve. Maybe not time to focus ENTIRELY on you, but I thinks you are giving it a good start!
        ~smiles sleepily, waves and wanders off to find coffee~

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      2. I’ve made the mistake several times of reading too much into the MBTI result of other people (well, men). I’ve had two intense connections with INFP men and in the end, their MBTI meant nothing because they still behaved like unethical selfish arses! 🙂 It’s a good reminder that we are all a combination of nature and nurture, as you yourself so wisely pointed out to me in a separate comment. I have been thinking a lot about that one (on the kink story). Thanks sweetie Ashe.

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      3. ~laughs nodding~ Yes Eve, the MBTI is not always *correct*.
        It’s much like astrology, I thinks. There are parts that fit all of us, and parts that fit only a few. Oddly enough, women tend to be fairly accurate in their results. (Astrology, MBTI or whatever other *quizs* us women like to answer.)
        Men, not so much for some reason. ~laughs shrugging~ Go figure!
        Venus, Mars. Ha!

        ~grins, clapping my hands~ Ahh I have you *thinking* Eve! That’s a good thing!
        Study, study, learn, learn! 😉

        Happy thinking, and studying, Eve!
        ~lowers head in mock apology~ Sorry my dear….
        Ha! No I ain’t! ~laughs, gives you a quick hug~ Studying, thinking is ALWAYS good!

        Hope that your weekend has been a good one, Eve!

        ~smiles and wanders back into the darkness with a wave~

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  2. Sounds a lot like me except for the kids bit. We’re so lucky to live in a time where we don’t have to conform and noone disrespects us for it (well in the Western world anyway, the rest of the world hasn’t quite caught up).

    I am well known for not conforming to expectation or social norms. Dating is no different. The balance between marriage (which I would never consider, been there before) and monogamy is the casual open relationship or maybe the FWB set up. You can have a level of intimacy and connection with that but you won’t get the full on like you would with a single partner. You get independence, your own life, your own individuality.

    I’m not looking for a monogamous set up, but I don’t doubt somewhere along the line it’s going to come along and bite me on the ass. I have yet to have a good monogamous set up. It would be a nice experience somewhere along the way. I am not jaded, I am quietly cynical. He’s going to have to be one hell of a guy if he turns up.

    Sometimes that half way point is all you need. Sometimes it’s a stepping stone, or several towards something more permanent but that entirely depends on who you meet. It’s hard to control that possibility if indeed you feel you need to.

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  3. I would hardly say we’re in a “post internet” age – more that the internet has become a part of every-day life. A communication channel that connects us, binds us, drives discovery, and so many other things. I agree wholeheartedly with your fight against expectation though – the only rules are those that others have made for us.

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  4. Oh I SO hear you on this one honey! Have you read ‘Ethical Slut’? Have I already asked you that question? Such a good book: I think all girls need to read that at high school, and realize we can do whatever the fuck we want, if we’re honest, and kind (except to dickheads of course). Looking forward to this series… and I’m going to order that book! x G

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      1. I definitely look forward to reading more, thinking more, and discussing.
        I tend to think that as one world government can only over expose itself, we will go back to a Virgo like discerning and earthy attention to the daily piece by piece… like a neo feudalism. Diversity will be strength as teams are built with varying strengths. Go figure. Bigotry and small mindedness will only be suicide

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