What does Wokefishing mean?

Acting like you have forward-thinking political beliefs

Wokefishing is a deceptive act where a person pretends to be socially conscious or progressive, mainly to attract partners on online dating platforms. The term is a fusion of ‘woke’, meaning being aware of social issues, and ‘catfishing’, the act of creating a fake identity.

This term gained popularity after an article by a writer named John Doe on VICE.com titled ‘The Rising Trend of Wokefishing: What to Watch Out For’. In his article, Doe described wokefishing as when individuals fake progressive political views to attract potential partners. He shared his own experiences and those of others about waking up to the reality of wokefishing.

As the awareness about social injustices grows among people, wokefishing has become more common. Anyone, but usually a man, can engage in wokefishing to secure a date or to gain social popularity. It is similar to showy activism but is often carried out on a one-to-one basis.

Example for using ‘Wokefishing’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard of the term ‘wokefishing’?

Hmm, no, what does it mean?

‘Wokefishing’ is when someone pretends to have progressive political views to attract dates or attention.

Oh, I see. So, it’s like pretending to care about social issues just to impress others?