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Lulu app: Controversial ladies-only lets you rate your date

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Hey men, are your ears itching? How would you like it, if somewhere out there in the digital world, women from your past and present, had a forum to post your photo and rate your hygiene, manners and yes, even your sexual know-how?

A new controversial app called Lulu has a lot of men wondering what is being said about them behind their backs.

Some might call it organized gossip, but the app is gaining traction with thousands of college co-eds looking for some juicy scoop on a guy.

"I think it's taking gossip to a whole new level and I mean, that kinda stuff is going to be said regardless, but for it be on a public forum, it just kinda, reminds me to think twice," one man said.

"It seems pretty wild," another man told our cameras. "I  wish I could see what they're rating me for."

The women's-only app is for those who want to see what other women are saying about a guy, want to anonymously review and rate the guy they have a crush on, or have dated on a scale of 1-10.

They check off the hashtags that describe all the good and bad about him, like #hygenciallychallenged, #nosehair, and #nogoals.

"I think it is beneficial to know to see how men rate, so that you can prepare yourself in the future and see if they are a good option or not," one young woman says about the app.

Here's how it works. Once the free app is downloaded, Lulu links to the user's Facebook profile to pull in all the men she knows. 

So what does this mean for the guy? Well, he can't see his score, he can't see the comments and he will have no idea who's saying it!  The talk even ventures into the man's sexual know-how--or lack thereof.

Lulu's Regional Marketing Manager Dana Consalvo argues that the app is not about guy bashing.

"It's all anonymous and it's meant to be fun.," says Consalvo. "It's meant to be kinda empowering for women. It's for dating intelligence and not for bashing the guys."

But, Sociology Professor Kathleen Vogel says by turning the table on men and objectifying them is not what empowerment is about.

"We can't do the same thing and then say its okay, so if we don't want a site where men are secretly anonymously rating women and what they think of them, then we can't do the same thing," Vogel says.

While Lulu seems to have inspired some Columbia College students to create a similar app for men, some just want to do dating the old fashioned way.

Lulu was created by two female friends in London last summer. They just started marketing the app on college campuses around the U.S. two months ago, focusing on sorority houses. So far, they've garnered 200,000 users in the U.S.

This app obviously begs the question, if the roles were reversed and there was an app only for men who want to bash women, would there be a public outcry over sexism and objectifying women?

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