French Company Sells Boyfriends Online, Sets Up Pop-Up Shops

French Company Sells Boyfriends Online, Sets Up Pop-Up Shops
World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

The French dating website AdopteUnMec.com (Adopt-A-Guy) is set up like a man boutique where women peruse the virtual racks looking for their perfect match. “Special on Carrot-Tops” advertises one online banner. Another alerts “buyers” to a “Total Liquidation of Men with Curly Hair: Everything Must Go.”

Now, the company has taken their wares to the streets with a pop-up store in Paris where women can window-shop for a mate. Some critics are saying the concept is exploitative and there would be a public outcry if women were similarly put up for sale.

The Daily Mail reports that gawkers flocked to the grand opening on September 11 to check out the real dudes being displayed in glass containers that resemble boxes of Ken dolls. These toy boys have names like “Mr. Muscle” and “The Rocker.” The traveling boutique will be open for 10 days before moving on to other cities. Reportedly, the men in the displays are male models being used for promotional purposes and not, in fact, eligible bachelors.

Adopt-A-Guy was launched in 2010 and is free for women. Men “sell themselves” with online profiles and women initiate communication and do the “purchasing” in what the site calls a “market of love.” The theory is that women will feel less threatened and more empowered if they control the dating process.

Presumably, the shopping aspect is supposed to make the whole experience fun and playful. Women look through a “catalogue” of men and pop potential mates into their “shopping cart.” Reportedly, business is booming, and the website gets about 300 million page views per month.

To American “customers,” the men on display in the Adopt-A-Guy pop-up shop might bring up memories of old-fashioned kissing booths. For Europeans, the set-up may appear less innocent. In Amsterdam’s red light district, female prostitutes advertise themselves in luridly illuminated windows.

One Daily Mail reader commented, “Doing this to men is just as bad as doing it to women and they have been doing this to women for years. Putting them in boxes like a commodity, a pair of shoes or a new phone is wrong. Men nor women are commodities and they are not hotties, they are people.” Another reader asked for a “sense of humor, please.”

Via Yahoo

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Preston Waters

Preston Waters is a thinker. He's not your traditional philosophical persona, however, as he leaves no topic untouched. Covering all the bases, from business to women, Preston Waters is the ultimate man's man for Gen-Y.

More In World

World Alexia LaFata

Artist Depicts Cartoon Characters As Hamas Militants, And It’s So Wrong (Photos)

The conflict between Israel and Palestine shows no signs of stopping — and one artist has crafted his own shocking take on the issue. Italian artist and graphic designer aleXsandro Palombo released illustrations featuring Aladdin, Jasmine and other cartoon characters depicted as members of Hamas. Palombo introduces the illustrations in a blog post and condemns the organization […]

World Sean Levinson

Polish Priest Says Satan Won’t Stop Sending Him Text Messages

A Polish priest claims he has been receiving text messages from Satan following an exorcism of a teenage girl. According to the Austrian Times, Father Marian Rajchel says the devil began speaking through the young girl’s phone after he unsuccessfully attempted to rid her body of the evil spirit. He said, “The author of these […]

Also On Elite

Humor

The Solutions To The 35 White-Girl Mysteries That Desperately Needed To Be Solved

Last week, Buzzfeed published “35 White-Girl Mysteries That Desperately Need To Be Solved,” which turned out to be a list of 34 White-Girl Mysteries and the kind of joke that eventually ends up on a chalkboard outside a bar. Misleading headlines aside, the list of queries from puzzled Twitter users around the globe raised a […]