Dudesnude stands in solidarity with all those affected by injustice, inequality, bigotry, violence, and systemic racism. We specifically stand with our black members, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and fellow humans, at a time when once again they are faced with the reality of deep injustice. We understand the importance and value of allies, and we are ready to stand as allies to them, to listen, learn, and actively help their voices be heard.
Today, we share their pain and amplify their pleas. Tomorrow, we will continue to create opportunity, open doors, change hearts and minds, and influence our world to be a little more fair, just, and honest.
We will continue to fight racism on the site, and maintain a zero-tolerance policy for racism and hate speech.
As part of this, and as a result of direct feedback from dudesnude members (both people of color and white members), as well as discussion with advisors and among the team, we have removed the “ethnicity” (race) search option from the site. (Grindr and Scruff have already announced they are doing the same, and Planet Romeo has said they are having an “internal debate.”)
You may still indicate your race on your profile, if you wish, but it’s completely optional and up to each member.
If you don’t understand why this feature is being removed, I STRONGLY encourage you to read this excellent Guardian article. Here’s one quote from it: “Racism has long been a problem on Grindr: [research] found 96% of users had viewed at least one profile that included some sort of racial discrimination, and more than half believed they’d been victims of racism. More than one in eight admitted they included text on their profile indicating they themselves discriminated on the basis of race.” Additionally, research from Cornell University found that dating apps that allow users to filter their searches by race, or rely on algorithms that pair people of the same race, “reinforce racial divisions and biases.”
I’m so excited about this… after 17 years with the old home-grown forum software, we’ve upgraded to brand new, modern forums!
I’ve always been a fan of the forums because you get a sense of the community on the site and the other members… dudesnude has always been known for having a very friendly group of guys, and the forums are a great place to meet them and have some good chat. There are very active topics about politics and current events, or if you’re looking for something a little more sexy and naked, check out the popular Hot Stuff category.
(And if you’ve visited the dudesnudes forums in the past: in addition to the powerful new software, we also removed the unmoderated topics, which were a bit of a mess. I’ve already heard from many members that they’re very happy about this change… so please come discover the difference.)
A few members have asked me why dudesnude doesn’t have a big statement about Covid-19 on the site. I’ve actually thought a lot about this, and the right approach for our community.
For now, I think dudesnude can best serve as an escape from everything that is going on… there is so much news and information out there from the newspapers, tv, radio, government, and social media that I know many members are experiencing a bit of “news fatigue.” Which I guess is a fancy way of saying it’s just getting to be too much sometimes. 😉
So I want dudesnude to be a place people can go to have fun, and not see a lot of reminders of what’s going on right now out in the world. This isn’t about encouraging ignorance, it’s about providing a place to get away from it all.
Needless to say, PLEASE inform yourself about the virus and how it can be transmitted. (The New York Times has an excellent FAQ.) And just in case it isn’t completely obvious and clear: meeting/hooking up in person is not a good idea right now… there will be time for that after we’re through this.
The good news is, we are seeing a huge influx of new members from across the globe (no surprise, since so many of us are stuck at home)… SO many hot new guys to check out and message. And the webcam chat room is very busy with loads of hot dudes showing off all the time. It’s definitely worth a visit. 😉
There are also active threads in our forums where members are discussing the situation (and related current events), which you are welcome to engage in— or not— as you wish.
So. Our main priority in this time is the same as always: to provide a great, fun site for the community, where you can check out hot guys, connect with other dudes and have fun on cam (watching or showing off yourself!).
Please take care of yourself and drop me a line if you wish. We will get through this, together. ❤️