The Scoop: The mullet was one of the most popular and polarizing hairstyles of the 1980s. Today, everyone from celebrities to online daters are rediscovering the haircut and its laid-back, countercultural appeal. Mullet Passions is a dating platform that caters to singles who enjoy connecting with others who like the “business in the front; party in the back” look. The humorous site is just one of many specific dating platforms from Passions Network.
Many singles are familiar with the famous mullet hairstyle from the 1980s — also known as the Kentucky waterfall, the ape drape, or the skullet. David Bowie rocked one during his Ziggy Stardust phase. So did Meryl Streep and Dolly Parton.
But the popular short-to-long hairstyle has a much more impressive legacy. Warriors in the “Iliad” wore the style so they didn’t have hair in their eyes during battle. It also made them harder to grab. The haircut has also made appearances throughout history.
“The ‘Hun cut” was an early bi-level style sported by young wealthy bands of hooligans in the 6th century B.C., many of whom, not unlike today’s soccer fans, supported differing factions in one of the popular sports of the day: chariot races,” wrote Linda Lacina for History.com. “The short-long hairstyle, popularized in the 1980s, has a surprisingly proud history and has been sported by rebels and respected leaders alike.”
The mullet is making a comeback, too. Celebrities ranging from actress Kristen Stewart and actor Jared Leto to soccer star David Beckham have adopted the hairstyle in recent years.
That also means many singles may find themselves attracted to the resurgent look. And they’re in luck because Mullet Passions offers them a place to meet others who share their appreciation for that cut.
The super-niche website connects users who appreciate the rebellious-yet-comforting history of this hairstyle, and it is one of many websites in the large Passions Network.
President Michael Carter started Passions Network in 2004 after developing a niche dating directory with several hundred categories.
“I wanted to have the destination sites people sought out and not just run a directory that sent people to other sites,” Michael said. “I partnered with a developer who I later bought out, and we decided to create a network of 100 sites that members could join.”
Singles Connect on Passions Network’s Niche Sites
Passions Network has sites that cater to a wide range of specific dating and relationship preferences. Some of its platforms include 24 gender options, 24 sexual orientation options, preferred pronoun sites, a Myers-Briggs platform, a preferred love language option, and social justice-focused sites, to name a few.
The network started with 100 options but has now expanded to more than 260 niche dating sites. Users fill out a basic profile on the main Passions Network site, including information on gender, orientation, and preferences, then choose a platform as unique as their interests, even mullets.
Users find many benefits in connecting with others who have shared interests. It is often easier for singles to break the ice with potential partners when they have something in common, no matter how trivial.
For instance, members of Zombie Passions are more likely to send messages about “The Walking Dead” as an icebreaker than they would generic introductory greetings.
The network also has unique features that most other sites don’t offer. For instance, users can earn free Passions Points each day they log in, as well as on their birthdays. They can redeem those points to increase the number of photos they can share with others and the length of their descriptions.
The network also gives users more ways to interact with each other, including actions like cuddle, zap, goose, give a wedgie, nuzzle, tickle, and flirt, among many others.
Advanced Tools Prevent Fraud and Catfishing
Any single person can join one of the Passions Network platforms for free. The network’s free tier allows members to send and receive an email, chat, or connect via webcam.
For a small monthly fee, users can add the Network Wide Upgrade, which allows access to all platforms on the network. This option also reduces the number of ads users see.
“Upgrading can open up a lot more options for members by giving them access to the other sites. And $4.95 a month is way below what other individual dating sites charge per month, so getting up to 260 sites for that price is crazy,” Michael told us.
Another benefit of the Passions Network is that it requires email verification before someone can even reach the initial registration page. It includes built-in tools for flagging fake profiles, including IP verification, reverse-image search, and programmatic flags for “scammer grammar.”
“We have also added lots of little extras as we have seen spammers and scammers modify their approaches over the years,” Michael said.
Members can also notify the company if any user manages to slip past its filters and does something suspicious in violation of the network’s terms of service. Members can also block others if they feel harassed in any way.
Mullet Passions: Couples Who Laugh Together Stay Together
Why has the mullet retained its popularity for thousands of years?
According to Alan Henderson’s book “Mullet Madness!: The Haircut That’s Business Up Front and a Party in the Back,” the mullet haircut derives from prehistory when the Neanderthals had to go hunting. The haircut’s practical purpose was to eliminate the bangs so they could see while letting it grow long in the back to keep their neck warm.
Today, it is more of a fashion trend, and singles who join Mullet Passions certainly know how to have a good time. They may also have a shared sense of humor, something that’s important to the long-term health of romantic relationships.
“There is something unique about shared laughter for a relationship. It isn’t just enough to laugh in the presence of your partner — it’s the moments where you are both laughing together that really seem to count,” wrote Laura Kurtz, a Psychologist with the University of North Carolina.
Couples reminiscing about funny moments in their shared history can also help. And couples who meet through Mullet Passions will certainly get a chuckle out of how they met.
Singles who join a specific niche platform on the Passions Network will be able to see the profiles of users on other Passions Network sites. The company adds everyone’s profile to its main site for free, so members can mingle with others on the all-inclusive platform.
Singles who want a bit more playfulness in their dating sites can shake things up by creating a profile on Mullet Passions. They may even find themselves featured in a documentary-in-progress that focuses on the dating industry.
“The unique aspect to some of the sites ends up making them prime candidates for fun stories. Conan O’Brien once made a joke about Trek Passions in his monologue, saying the site was going well, and soon they hope a girl will join!” Michael said.