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“But thank you much.”Solomon turns back to the women, shrugging.“I tried,” she says, adding: “He was very polite.”Meanwhile, at another long table, women have been instructed to cut out quotes from printouts provided for that purpose.They are told to paste those quotes to the pictures they have drawn of one another.She signals with an exaggerated arm wave to Hogan, and then addresses the man from her spot at the table.“Are you here to draw? He turns and blinks his eyes like a fawn in high beams.She tries again, speaking slowly this time, “Would you like to draw?I really do feel that video for meeting new people will take off someday.
The women are here because they are hoping to avoid another night at the bar. ” one laments.) They are also tired of dating apps like Tinder and Ok Cupid.“I find out if someone is who he says he is,” says Leah Solomon, 58, of her interactions on Tinder.
Ironically, Wieder notes, most of the photos are of men. They look very important and unavailable.“It’s kind of like looking at a poster for a Scorsese movie,” Wieder says, “5,000 men and one abused woman.
I watch movies and I count the number of women, because our stories don’t matter.”The men who thought of coming to this event and decided against it (if they exist) are missing out. The kind of women you imagine you might bump into at an art gallery.
“One guy said he was from Brazil, so I started to speak Portuguese and he was like, ‘Oh no, I don’t speak Brazilian.’”Solomon is tall, busty and blond with a youthful voice and demeanor. She was married for 21 years, but the marriage broke up about 10 years ago and she has been pretty much single ever since.
She left her husband because she fell in love with another man who turned out to be a great Peter Pan.
Hogan, now sure that no surprise attendees are in store, finally breaks the ice by gathering the women together and stating the obvious.“I’m sorry.