Bumble Sociologist Talks #MeToo, Head of Creative Faces ‘Asian’ Controversy

Bumble’s in-house sociologist, Jess Carbino, has featured in a video interview with viral content provider Now This.

In the clip, she gives her thoughts on the #MeToo movement and how it compares to past women’s movements.

In her initial comments, she describes what she sees as a “devolution”; women in the 1920s were campaigning for the right to vote, whereas women nowadays are campaigning for safety.

She then reflects on her academic life, saying that she “wanted to understand why societies construct gender differently and how we can break out of these constructs”.

The interview closes with a consideration of what it means for #MeToo not to have a centralised leader.

Carbino predicts that college campuses will be “valuable” as the movement progresses.

Elsewhere, Bumble’s Sara Foster has become embroiled in online controversy after saying “I want to be Asian in my next life”.

The head of creative made the comment on Instagram, beneath a photo of actress and model Olivia Munn.

Other commenters called out the intended compliment as “problematic”, with one claiming that “White people don’t know how to compliment without fetishizing a whole continent”.

Foster said the commentariat was “oversensitive”. She added that Asian women “are known to be the most beautiful, but more importantly don’t age.”

Yahoo! Entertainment journalist Lauren Holter said her exchange with Munn “raised some eyebrows”.

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Scott Harvey

Scott is the Editor of Global Dating Insights. Raised in Dorset, he holds a BA from The University of Nottingham and an MSc from Lund University School of Economics and Management. Previously he has written about politics, economics and technology for various online publications.

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