So the 380398230843208th annual Sweet Meet was this last Friday and once again the guys were in charge of making their desserts and there was a dance and blah blah blah blah blah. Alright I'm not going to go on and on about the activity because it was in general a fun time and most of you who are reading this were there or have been there so you get it and what it is essentially about. Instead I am going to rant about Mormon culture in regards to dating in general.
We've all heard the complaints and grievances from both sides. No one dates. No one is asking me out. No one wants to go out with me. It's really tedious and annoying because in every instance people are saying things that they really have the power to solve but are either too cowardly or prideful to stop. If you want to go on a date with someone then ask them out. it doesn't have to be complicated or difficult. If you are doing something and would like someone to have along, all you have to do is ASK SOMEONE. You don't have to be thinking of marrying the person on this date, you just have to be open to getting to know them, and since you're the one deciding who you are doing this thing with if you don't want to get to know this person you were dumb to ask them in the first place. It's about you and getting to know this other person is a perk not the point. If you fall madly in love like in the movies, great. If you don't, oh well you have a new friend and is that really so bad?
Now tradition dictates that the guy should be the one doing the asking out. Screw that noise. You women have cell phones just as much as us men do and you should be able to shoot someone a text or heaven forbid an actual call to ask them to do something. Besides as so many women like to remind me men are stupid so if you really think being coy and vaguely flirty is going to actually capture the attention of the average male you are clearly not listening when you are complaining about us. I'm not saying men shouldn't ask women out, I'm saying women should as well. Everyone should be asking everyone out.
Which brings us back to the Sweet Meet. In years previous the whole point of making a dessert was to have it won by one person and set up a very short impromptu meal and dessert date-like evening. That's the appeal. You meet someone new and share food, which last I checked was the point of dating. However last year people complained that they were stuck with someone that they somehow couldn't even be brought about to talk about the weather with for 20 minutes while they ate. As a result of the complaints they decided to make it into a group thing with three guys and three girls per table. Now maybe I am alone in this but in group things I don't really get to know people much because I shell up around people I don't know and let other people dominate the conversation while I listen. Yes I can survive in groups but one dominate personality and I get away with not having to do anything which while leads to a quasi successful activity it also doesn't let anyone really get to know anyone. I sat at a table with 5 people ranging from complete strangers to casual friends and I honestly can't tell you one thing I learned about any of them. Meanwhile last year I managed to get to know someone who is now one of my closest friends. I wouldn't have gotten to know Cassie if the event wasn't one on one, and she certainly wouldn't have gotten to know me.
Yes dating can be awkward. It can be tough. It can be rough. If it was easy, what would be the point?