New app to bring “market-driven convenience and efficiency” into your bedroom

by Eszter Hargittai on April 1, 2015




Bloix 04.01.15 at 9:42 pm



Jim Harrison 04.01.15 at 10:12 pm

Brought to you by the makers of the Libertarian bed and mattress set with attached taxi meter.


EvilKiru 04.01.15 at 10:25 pm

April 1st. A day on which the Internet is even more unreliable than usual.


Teachable Mo' 04.01.15 at 11:15 pm

Who wants efficiency in the bedroom?


Martin Bento 04.01.15 at 11:27 pm

Are we sure this isn’t satire? It’s hard to tell, these days. In any case, this isn’t RomancR, it’s ProstitutionR, and I don’t know how this guy thinks the authorities would fail to notice it. And he is, apparently, pitching to dweebs who have never figured out that “using the power of the market to cure your pitiful sex life” is exactly what all those women hanging out in the in the street in The Attire(c) had in mind.

And he thinks whores want to give 8 hours to every trick?


ragweed 04.01.15 at 11:39 pm

I’ve been using the beta version for some time now. Its great disruptive technology and I get to sleep with people who really want to share the experience, not some faceless corporate that only cares about sex for the money. Though the surge pricing is really a pain. But its really great to be part of the sharing economy.


Luke 04.01.15 at 11:48 pm

@Martin Bento

I’m pretty sure it’s a joke.


ragweed 04.02.15 at 12:01 am

Martin – no, this is totally for real. And its not prostitution, its mostly women who just want to share their bodies when they are not using them. Its about providing a service, person to person, in a way that avoids the shallowness and inconvenience of traditional prostitution. And your not even paying for it, its purely a voluntary donation.

I am grateful for folks like RomancR, who allow us to have genuine, fun experiences with real people, and avoid greedy corporations. I can’t wait to invest in their IPO.


Benjamin Mako Hill 04.02.15 at 12:03 am

@Martin Benton: When in doubt about whether something is serious, it can sometimes pay to check the calendar. :)


Martin Bento 04.02.15 at 1:41 am

You’re right. I forgot the day. But I didn’t think a spoof would be linked here. But I guess today it would.


Layman 04.02.15 at 6:52 am

@ 4

The illegal nature of the activity is what makes this so bitingly funny. Of course an app like this would facilitate illegal activity; but equally of course, so do Uber and Airbnb, and the authorities have done a fine job of largely ignoring their violation of law in pursuit of permitting ‘market innovation’ through ‘disruptive technologies’.

It really is amazing what people can get away with if they spin it as a technology product. Try starting up a ‘conventional’ taxi company without a license in NYC, and see what you get for your trouble. Or operating a hotel there but refusing to charge, collect, or remit occupancy taxes.


Ben 04.02.15 at 12:04 pm

Just a clone of PimpR – use the real thing!

(Yes of course it is a joke)


Eszter Hargittai 04.02.15 at 1:03 pm

I made sure the CT date was still Apr 1st when I posted this. C’mon folks.

To be sure, I had no intention of posting something for April Fools’, but this was too fine to ignore. It may help to know a bit more about the literature it addresses and the people who wrote it, but I was hoping it would resonate with a broader group.


Eszter Hargittai 04.02.15 at 1:05 pm

PS. The 8-hour reference is one of the dead give-aways even for those lacking a background in the sharing economy lit.;)


AcademicLurker 04.02.15 at 1:51 pm

Poe’s law is a harsh mistress.


Doug K 04.02.15 at 9:48 pm

thank you, that was very funny.. the sharing economy has not yet been sufficiently mocked derided and pilloried, this is a good start..


Hogan 04.03.15 at 4:29 pm

Prostitution?! That is such Old Economy thinking. (Some of us prefer to call it “negotiable affection.”)


hix 04.04.15 at 7:28 am

Great and obvious. There was just one downside reading this for me personally. The tinder reference reminded me how damn old i am already!


bos 04.06.15 at 11:30 am

Hope they don’t allow dominatrix on the app. That is just the first laced leather step on the road to serfdom.

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