“It’s everything I hate about [Egyptian] society condensed in an app.” She asked Vocativ not to use her name because she “manage[s] a lot of young boys at work.” Still, after first trying out Tinder in Canada, she’s continued to use it in Cairo on-again off-again to expand her dating circle, with some successful romances along the way. “But in Egypt it’s used for many things.” Traditionally in Egypt sexual relations outside of marriage are taboo — in fact, any dating that happens is generally short and geared towards getting engaged.Sexual health education, meanwhile, is practically non-existent, and nearly all Egyptian women have experienced sexual harassment.“I wasn’t really sure what I was trying to find on Tinder,” the twenty-five-year old said, requesting anonymity because her parents, who do not live in Cairo, do not know.“But whatever it was I didn’t find it.” In Cairo, where about one-eighth of Egypt’s 90 million people live, conditions are relatively freer relationship-wise than in other parts of the country.“Some guys were like all over you, which is not okay.” She and her now fiancé casually dated, including sex, for about six months before they began formally dating and then got engaged after a year.Another friend in the circle, however, felt less satisfied with her dates, casual sex, and few relationships through Tinder.And while in Egypt Tinder profiles advertising shirtless men with cars, police and military officers, and older men with rings on their fingers are standard, cases of swipes to the right turning to marriage remain rare.
For the far fewer Egyptian women than men on these sites, however, secrecy is also part of the game: Most women interviewed requested anonymity because they feared for their reputations if family, friends, or colleagues knew they dated or met partners online.
They would then go to dates at a popular hotel bar near their apartment.
“Some guy were nice and I’m still friends with,” she said.
Cairo, Egypt – When one graduate of Egypt’s prestigious American University of Cairo (AUC) recently became engaged, she told her parents in southern Egypt that she met her fiancée through mutual friends.
The truth: they met after both swiping right on a dating app.
At night young couples fill upscale cafes or line the iconic bridges alongside the Nile, holding hands and taking selfies.