“He said, ‘It’s funny, because you’re like the man in our relationship, and I’m like the woman.
I want to settle down, and you just want to have sex and be my friend.’ Well, yeah.” Lisa, 30, moved from Toronto to Fort Mac for a guy she met on Tumblr.
There are lots of young families, and people who grew up there have the confidence you get being from somewhere everyone moves to. From my preliminary interviews, the men in Fort Mac sounded a bit like the women in Toronto: they put up with bullshit, they lower their standards, they bury themselves in work.
“The dating scene is horrible out here,” says Jamie, a 27-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., who has worked in the oil patch for six years. They want to know what you’re making, and if you’re not making enough, they’re cheating on you with some other guy who is.” “A phenomenon I see here that I don’t see anywhere else is the volume of guys eating nice dinners by themselves,” says Liz, a 26-year-old yoga instructor from Ottawa.
Montreal and Winnipeg ring in at 50.8 and 50.7 percent, respectively. “It’s so much easier to be a single guy than a single girl in Toronto,” says Chris. Chris and James work in banking, but the same pattern abides among the so-called sensitive types: writers, artists, people with humanities degrees, 64.9 percent of whom are female.