Have you been wokefished? (Pic: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

If you lot’re someone who’due south comfortable being described as ‘very online’, yous’ll take heard of catfishing, kittenfishing, blackfishing, and maybe fifty-fifty hatfishing.

But what about wokefishing?

Yous might not know what wokefishing ways, but if you lot’re currently single and actively dating, yous’ve likely see it.

In the same style that catfishing is masquerading as another person and kittenfishing is using former and edited photos to present yourself in a more flattering manner, wokefishing, too, is a form of charade that’s doomed to cause disappointment.

Coined by Serena Smith for Vice, wokefishing describes when someone pretends to concord progressive – or ‘woke’ views to lure another person into dating them.

They seem lovely at showtime, just the problem arises when you learn that their ‘wokeness’ is only for appearances – beneath the surface, they actually don’t care.

A wokefisher might proudly declare themselves a feminist, add #BlackLivesMatter to their Tinder bio, or say all the correct things when you talk about, say, trans rights, improving accessibility for disabled people, or providing free healthcare. They’re all about proverb the ‘right’ thing to make themselves seem like caring, uncomplicated people.

Simply once you get to know them, they’re really sexist, racist, or hold deeply problematic views.

Perhaps they claim they’re proudly feminist, but are quick to slut-shame women who they decide take committed a terrible criminal offence by enjoying sex. Mayhap they’ll post a black square on Instagram, just casually apply racist slurs when they’re with their friends.

Illustration of a woman holding her face in her hands

If their words don’t line upward with their actions, ask questions (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.britain)

When yous prod but a little below the surface, a wokefisher will reveal that they don’t really share your views or relate to your values, they were merely saying what they needed to get into your life.

It’s difficult to telephone call them out, though, because often they believe they actually are equally woke every bit they proclaim. How tin can you call them sexist when they constantly praise their working mum? How dare yous say they’re racist when they dated a Black woman once?

You can spot a wokefisher past keeping an eye and ear out for those times their words and deportment don’t reverberate their initial claims. Don’t dismiss those discrepancies – yeah, someone’s opinions can change and abound, simply if it’s starting to feel like they’ve hopped on a hashtag or label for woke points but don’t actually exercise anything beyond calling themselves anti-racist/feminist/pro trans rights, listen to your gut.

‘If it seems too skillful to exist true, it usually is,’ Dr Carmen Harra tells Wellness. ‘Beingness honest from the kickoff helps avoid mistakes that were made in former relationships,. It will save you much time if you come up to the conclusion that this person doesn’t agree the same values as you. Allow yourself to be led by your intuition.’

In those instances, it’southward important to know when the time comes to cut your losses and ditch the relationship. It’s tempting to try to educate someone, but if a person chooses to misrepresent their views and doesn’t even try to encounter your way of thinking – or constantly plays devil’south abet – they’re probably not someone y’all want to dedicate all your energy to.

Every bit Maya Angelou said: ‘When someone shows you lot who they are, believe them.’

Nosotros’d like to add to the end of that: ‘and get the hell out of there’.



Dating terms and trends, divers

Bluish-stalling: When two people are dating and interim like a couple, only one person in the partnership states they’re unready for any sort of characterization or commitment (despite acting in a different manner).

Breadcrumbing:Leaving ‘breadcrumbs’ of interest – random noncommittal messages and notifications that seem to lead on forever, but don’t actually finish up taking you anywhere worthwhile Breadcrumbing is all near piquing someone’s interest without the payoff of a date or a relationship.

Caspering:Existence a friendly ghost – meaning yes, you ghost, just you offer an explanation beforehand. Caspering is all about being a overnice homo with common decency. A novel idea.

Catfish:Someone who uses a imitation identity to lure dates online.

Clearing:
Clearing flavour happens in Jan. Information technology’southward when we’re then miserable thanks to Christmas being over, the cold weather, and general seasonal dreariness, that nosotros will hook up with anyone just and so nosotros don’t feel completely unattractive. You might blindside an ex, or requite that creepy guy who you don’t actually fancy a chance, or put upwardly with truly awful sex just so you can feel human touch. Information technology’s a tough fourth dimension. Stay strong.

Cloutlighting:Cloutlighting is the philharmonic of gaslighting and chasing social media ascendancy. Someone volition bait the person they’re dating on camera with the intention of getting them upset or angry, or making them expect stupid, and then share the video for anybody to laugh at.

Cockfishing: Also known as catcocking. When someone sending dick pics uses photo editing software or other methods to change the look of their penis, usually making information technology look bigger than it actually is.

Cuffing flavor:The chilly autumn and winter months when y’all are struck by a want to be coupled up, or cuffed.

Firedooring:
Being firedoored is when the access is entirely on 1 side, and then you’re always waiting for them to call or text and your efforts are shot down.

Fishing:
When someone will send out letters to a bunch of people to run into who’d be interested in hooking upwards, wait to run into who responds, then take their selection of who they desire to go with. Information technology’southward called fishing because the fisher loads up on bait, waits for one fish to bite, then ignores all the others.

Flashpanner:
Someone who’s addicted to that warm, fuzzy, and exciting offset flake of a relationship, but tin’t handle the hard bits that might come later – such as having to make a firm delivery, or meeting their parents, or posting an Instagram photograph with them captioned as ‘this one’.

Freckling:Freckling is when someone pops into your dating life when the conditions’due south nice… and and then vanishes in one case it’s a lilliputian chillier.

Gatsbying:To post a video, picture or selfie to public social media purely for a love involvement to see information technology.

Ghosting:Cutting off all communication without explanation.

Grande-ing:Existence grateful, rather than resentful, for your exes, simply like Ariana Grande.

Hatfishing:When someone who looks better when wearing a hat has pics on their dating profile that exclusively show them wearing hats.

Kittenfishing:
Using images that are of you, merely are flattering to a bespeak that it might be deceptive. And then using actually sometime or heavily edited photos, for example. Kittenfishes can also wildly exaggerate their height, age, interests, or accomplishments.

Lovebombing:
Showering someone with attending, gifts, gestures of affection, and promises for your futurity relationship, merely to distract them from your non-then-bang-up bits. In extreme cases this can grade the ground for an abusive human relationship.

Microcheating:
Cheating without physically crossing the line. And then stuff like emotional adulterous, sexting, confiding in someone other than your partner, that sort of thing.

Mountaineering:
Reaching for people who might exist out of your league, or reaching for the absolute meridian of the mount.

Obligaswiping:
The act of endlessly swiping on dating apps and flirt-chatting away with no legitimate intention of meeting up, then you can tell yourself yous’re doing *something* to put yourself out there.

Orbiting:
The act of watching someone’s Instagram stories or liking their tweets or generally staying in their ‘orbit’ later a breakup.

Paperclipping:
When someone sporadically pops up to remind you lot of their being, to forbid you from ever fully moving on.

Preating:
Pre-adulterous – laying the background and putting out feelers for cheating, by sending flirty messages or getting closer to a work crush.

Prowling:
Going hot and cold when information technology comes to expressing romantic interest.

R-bombing:Not responding to your messages only reading them all, then you see the ‘delivered’ and ‘read’ signs and feel similar throwing your phone across the room.

Scroogeing:
Dumping someone right before Christmas so yous don’t have to buy them a nowadays.

Shadowing:
Posing with a hot friend in all your dating app photos, knowing people will presume yous’re the attractive one and will exist too polite to ask.

Shaveducking:
Feeling securely confused over whether you’re really attracted to a person or if they simply accept great facial pilus.

Sneating:When you lot go on dates only for a gratuitous meal.

Stashing:
The human action of hiding someone you’re dating from your friends, family, and social media.

Submarineing:
When someone ghosts, and so of a sudden returns and acts like nothing happened.

V-lationshipping:When someone yous used to appointment reappears just around Valentine’due south Day, unremarkably out of loneliness and desperation.

Y’all-turning:Falling head over heels for someone, only to all of a sudden change your mind and dip.

Zombieing:
Ghosting and then returning from the expressionless. Different from submarineing considering at to the lowest degree a zombie will acknowledge their altitude.

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