Full disclosure: I'm a huge online dating advocate. For years, I journeyed the waters of dating apps and ultimately wound up meeting my partner of nearly two years on Tinder. Can you even believe it? It really does work, folks! In a few weeks, we'll move in together, and I'm over-the-moon happy.
Beyond the massive perk of meeting the love of my life, the online dating world taught me plenty of lessons — from self-acceptance to listening skills to the art of graceful rejection and beyond. In many ways, I feel like my experiences with dating have amplified my feminist values and my confidence in being a strong woman. (To be honest, I often ask myself if I would have been ready to meet my current boyfriend, had I not opened myself up to grow through my many dating experiences prior.)
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, Tinder and Elite Daily came together, in honor of International Women's Day (March 8), for the #TinderSparked dinner series, bringing together a group of grown-ass, strong, feminist women to chat about our shared experiences with modern dating. Fortunately, each of these women have shared their best tips, hacks, and advice for the feminist dater navigating the dating world — so take note!