How Horrifying Early 2000s Dating Advice Shaped a Whole Generation of Women

We had to unlearn it all

Charlie Brown
The Virago

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Eating spaghetti on a first date was a big no-no back then. Photo by mahdi chaghari on Unsplash

I became an adult during arguably one of the worst phases of recent feminism— the early 2000s.

The decade that was 2000–2010 was a weird time to be a woman. It was like a black spot between second-wave feminism and the #metoo movement of the mid-teens.

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Charlie Brown
The Virago

Writer of opinions. Wine & food pro. Editor of Rooted, a boostable Medium food & drink pub. Niche-avoidant. Also at thesaucemag.substack.com