Love is Blind, the incredibly popular Netflix reality show, recently concluded its second season. A social experiment meets blind date, the series follows 15 men and women, separated into groups by gender, as they speed up the date and attempt to find their perfect partner. The only problem? They are never allowed to see each other. The speed dates take place in rooms separated in two by a wall so that the novelists can only hear the sound of the voices of their potential partners. At the end of the first phase, couples get engaged solely based on the feelings they developed while talking behind the wall. The rest of the season follows them as they move in together, meet friends and family, and get married (or not). Seasons 1 and 2 are available to binge on Netflix right now.
Love is Blind was so popular, in fact, that after its first season, Netflix spotlighted Love is Blind Brazil and Love is Blind Japan. They were created in tandem with the second season of the American incarnation. It’s interesting to see how different cultures are shaped by their environment and what that environment makes them look for in a potential mate. If anything, between America, Brazil, and Japan, the biggest advantage is that people want respect, loyalty, and spontaneity in their relationship. They want a partner they can be vulnerable with, grow together, and do something beautiful with. In the same vein that Catfish works, it stands to reason that you can truly fall in love with a person based on their personality and values.
Different languages, different ethnicities, different countries, Netflix takes its social experience to the next level. They try different algorithms to see if the formula always ends the same way. Of course, one of the last factors to consider is sexuality. What if, instead of heterosexuals, there was a Love is Blind spin-off that focuses on same-sex couples. Since sexuality plays such a big part in the queer community – gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual and how the trans community fits into the equation – the choices are endless when you mix 30 people looking for their mate perfect. There are so many opportunities to discover a great relationship by getting to know another person with a different gender identity.
Whether admitted or not, flirting based solely on looks is an important part of any relationship, whether the couple is gay or straight. However, I feel that the queer community places particular emphasis on a person’s physical appearance. Chemistry and sexual gratification are the prominent markers that start even the briefest encounter. Could homosexuals put aside the labels – fem, masc, bear, otter, etc.? – and fall in love with another man based solely on the sound of their voice and the conversations they share? Would they be able to keep the fire burning once they met their future fiancé or did they look different than they thought? In a hypersexualized environment, could gay people turn off Grinder long enough to give love a chance?
I believe that if competitors are in it for the long haul, love is easy to find as long as the experience is taken seriously. I had a bitch phase that ended the day I met my husband for our first date!
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