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London Underground’s possible answer to Tinder that’s been widely criticised

What Tube line has the sexiest men? Does the carriage make them sexier? Maybe the decor?

It’s always hot on the Central line… but do the passengers make it even hotter?

These reflections might not be yours or mine, but spend five minutes on Tubecrush.net and you’ll see loads of comments just like these.

The principle of the site, which was founded by an accountant called Steve in 2011, is simple.

You see an attractive man on the Tube, you take a surreptitious photo of him and you send it to Tubecrush.net.

Tubecrush.net adds a pun, posts the image there (and/or on its social media) and people who are horny for trains and men comment and share the image to try and identify who the ‘Tube crush’ is.

I don’t think I’ll ever be Tubecrush material… I’ll stick to reporting about the Tube instead!

The site has been slammed by many people for being sexist and for disproportionately featuring white men.

In previous years, Tubecrush.net organised a vote for the most attractive man and even managed to find the winner.

As the site continues, it seems to have dropped the romantic appeal. Instead its primary function appears to be gay men lusting over Bakerloo line bulges. Just search #tubecrush on Twitter and you’ll quickly get the idea.

If Metro’s Rush Hour Crush is Patreon, Tubecrush.net is very much the OnlyFans.

Remember, the Tube hasn’t just made headlines for outrageous delays, it has also made the headlines for outraging public decency. In 2019 two men were fined for making gay porn on the Northern line.

The site has been widely criticised by academic essays and long form journalistic commentary on sexism.

One study even concluded that the site disproportionately features white men and that this could be an allegory for the problems with dating culture and race. Yet, the site assumes its status as paying “Homage to the Hommes’ on our infamous transportation infrastructure.”

You can now filter the men by not just their body type but also by line.

London Underground's possible answer to Tinder that's been widely criticised

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Transport lovers will appreciate that the line filters are not always accurate though – “Commuter Train” is not very helpful if you’re trying to locate the love of your life.

Let’s suppose that Tubecrush probably is the original Tinder of the Tube, it’s still probably not the wackiest thing to ever come out of our glorious 158 year old transport network.

Plus, Tubecrush is one year older than Tinder – so maybe Tinder is the transportless answer to Steve the accountant?

Do you think there’s a place for Tubecrush? Have you been Tubecrushed? Let us know in the comments below!

We’re always on the lookout for transport stories, especially quirky ones! Email [email protected]


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