The fact that there exists business models that revolve around fixing invented problems women are told they have is nothing new - but this example is so ridiculous that I just had to mention it. The idea behind Invite for a Bite is that women who don't want to eat alone in restaurants can use the site find dining companions. Although, you know, as Jezebel points out, there's nothing intrinsically wrong with this. Facilitating networking between women? Sure. So maybe my issue is more with the way this is being covered rather than the site itself. Apparently women should feel so self-conscious and ashamed at the very idea of asking for a table for one that eating with a complete stranger should be preferable. WHAT?.
I try not to eat out much, because it's expensive, but I do eat alone in restaurants fairly regularly, and . . . I just don't get the issue here. You just walk in, ask for a table, enjoy your meal, and, if you're like me and always multitask, do some work or read a book or whatever. I've never gotten comments or weird looks. (And I'd say on average I've gotten more attentive service while alone, for what it's worth.) Okay, maybe sometimes I was too engrossed in my book to notice looks if they existed, but - what of it? Don't we assume that strangers are judging us, while we're in turn texting our friends about that crazy outfit someone's wearing or a really dramatic conversation happening at the next table? I don't know about you, but I certainly don't have the time or energy to actually care whether people have noticed or care that I'm eating alone - especially because I don't believe that it's in any way something to be ashamed of. I honestly don't even get why it would be. Do people expect women to feel worthless if their existence isn't being validated by another person at every moment? Because that's really sad.
So I guess I'm partially encouraging people to ignore this nonsense and enjoy your meal already, but I'm also wondering if this is a real problem that real people have. Anyone? Are you too ashamed to go to a restaurant alone?