How To Date Like A Nazi

Shani Silver
4 min readAug 11, 2022

“The right way.” Okay, I’ll bite.

Photo by the author.

If you’re the sort of person who does not receive dozens of texts and appalled DMs when something like this happens, The Right Stuff is a new dating app launching next month. It is specifically intended for conservative daters who identify only as either male or female. It won’t bother with anything like sexual orientation, pronouns, or vaccination status, don’t worry—it doesn’t want anything to get in the way of the swipe-to-sex pipeline for cis/het men that dating apps have become. It was created by someone with ties to the Trump world which I couldn’t give less of a shit about because I’m too stuck on the fact that the promotional language used sounds really fucking familiar to me.

“The Right Stuff is all about getting into the right dating pool with people who share the same values as you. We’re sorry that you’ve had to endure years of bad dates and wasted time with people who don’t see the world our way. The right way.” — Ryann McEnany, via The Right Stuff promotional video.

Not that long ago, and I know that because my family is from Chicago, not Germany where my grandfather was born and should have been permitted to live freely (you know, freedom, y’all love that word), someone used language like this, “right” and “wrong,” to describe my family’s religion and ethnicity. It built on that language to create a…