But when we wrote The Rules seven years ago, little was known about online dating-many even considered it dangerous -- so we did not even include it.
By 1997, when we wrote The Rules II, there was a little more interest in online dating and we wrote a short chapter telling women the pitfalls of this chat-intensive dating method, how to best apply The Rules, and how to play it safe.
“It’s sort of like the Wild West out there,” says Alex Manley, dating and sex editor at Ask
, a revamped version of their classic, updated with advice for women dating in today’s texting, Facebooking, instant messaging culture.
It’s easy, and frankly quite fun, to critique these books as blatantly anti-feminist.
The book was immediately hard to take seriously because the writing and structure was a little elementary and repetitive (but I guess dating advice has to be drilled into the receiver's head).
It was a little salesy -- the writers seemed to be selling their consulting services.