I have mixed feelings about makeoutclub.com, a sort of online personals listing for indie kids, emo kids, straightedge kids, and the like. The listings tend to be kind of similar, and fall into certain distinctions.
First off is a name, which inexplicably has a lot of extraneous Xs in it, e.g. ‘xgarden_of_beatricex’, or ‘xpurplishtrudyx’; those which do not have extra Xs are still often semicryptic, as in ‘eyelinerhearts.’ Often they will also have the word ‘plastic’ included: ‘plasticheartstuff,’ ‘plasticassie.’* AOL Instant Messenger names are included and similar, and website links, ICQ numbers, etc. are listed when applicable.
*All names,descriptions, and accounts reproduced in this review are fictitious, but would not be out of place, unless otherwise specifically stated.
Next, a picture. Usually a webcam shot, almost always grainy, filtered, or otherwise a combination of arty intention and low self-esteem fuzziness; there are a good number of pictures of people looking away from the camera, a kind of anti-picture, which somehow isn’t too at odds, given the context, with the idea that technically you probably don’t have to include a picture at all. Of course, one girl has a picture of Milk from Milk & Cheese, and that’s okay by me. Another has several bottles of prescription drugs and an unopened can of Crystal Pepsi, which who has an unopened can of Crystal Pepsi?
Then there is a profile, which falls onto one of these simple sides:
These tell about the person, the general idea of a personal ad. Most common by far is the musical list, which is usually something like this:
"Dashboard Confessional, The Faint, Jimmy Eat World, Pedro the Lion, Modest Mouse, Juliana Theory, Weezer, Poison the Well, Elliott Smith, Braid, Bright Eyes, Le Tigre, Promise Ring, Jets To Brazil, Ataris, Belle and Sebastian, Alkaline Trio, Saves the Day, Ultimate Fakebook, Moz, American Nightmare."
[Different musical types condensed into one list for simplicity, but this is fairly accurate.]
These one- or two-sentence descriptions are the most bipolar. Some are aggressively unhelpful, like "Why do you care?" or the like, which seem to be very much at odds with the principle of posting a listing in the first place, though at times makeoutclub.com seems as much a badge of inclusion as much as an attempt to interact. Tangentially here, many people do post their profiles without romantic intent, as evidenced by their indignant statements that they are spoken for and will not suffer any approach by suitors.
Other brief listings are somewhat nonsequitous ("Hiya cheeseeeeeaters!"; "I am going to watch cartoons all day today."), though many are merely song lyrics or movie quotations of varying inside jokiness. At least two I have seen so far include only an extended quotation from a John Hughes film. Close to my heart is one girl whose profile reads only: "My son’s name is also bort"
Overall the personals are as varied as regular personals, only with a decidedly indie slant. There is occasional brilliance to be found ("emo is the abercrombie of the ‘underground’"), as well as a decent amount of unpleasant poetry-ish stuff. One can get lucky if one is patient and willing to endure some repetition; for every five girls claiming to like tall sexy emo boys, there are a couple who do not, and there is one girl whose profile includes a reference to the long-dead MTV sketch comedy farce The State, and one State reference out of twenty-four hundred girls isn’t bad.
Makeoutclub.com is a club, a somewhat elitist one, and chances are a lot of its congregation are scenester kids who aren’t particularly great, but for the kind of kids who are into this kind of kids, it’s a pretty amusing place, and if you’re a boy who’s into the kind of girl who would have the whole little speech about fear from Dune in her personal profile, you’re a good deal more likely to find her on makeoutclub.com than on Yahoo! personals.
"Is that your face or did an ugly baby eat your face and make it ugly" - some girl on makeoutclub.com
"I wish my neighbors were robots. I would call them neighbots." - some other girl on MOC, the accepted acronym.
It should be noted that, while I checked a couple pages of boy listings, I perused the girls’ pages in more depth. Also, the girls, in their little blurry, fuzzy-duck, I’m-out-of-the-frame way, are cute.
Rating: B (compared to regular personals)Reviewed by Matthew Abrams