Modern Mating

When Technology and the Sexes Collide

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Cons confuse me

For those who cannot handle genuine intimacy, a romance with a fellow (or lady) behind bars may be just the ticket. You wind up with a pen pal who can spend hours crafting the most touching and caring love notes. Maybe, you even get to marry the convict of your dreams and enjoy a brief conjugal visit at the prison. If absence makes the heart grow fonder, imagine what metal bars must do!

Since it used to be difficult for a lady to find the serial killer or rapist of her dreams, there are now online dating sites where these relationships can begin, like: www.Inmate-Connections.com. Sadly, it's not just garden variety burglars on these sites. Recently, a Seattle woman discovered that the man who was in jail for raping her was advertising on that dating site looking for a woman to "cherish and spoil" with his love. What's a violated woman to do? Complain to the Department of Corrections and to the Internet company who posted his ad.
http://www.komotv.com/stories/41949.htm

Ironically, most online daters are fearful of running in to felons. There's even a dating site - True.com - that screens its prospective members against a database of U.S. felony and sexual offense convictions.

That these two sites can exist in the same country shows just how complicated people can be. Some people happen to love a dingy, shapeless, prison uniform, while others prefer clothes with personality and good tailoring. Then again, maybe it's all about the handcuffs.