Do Grindr Voice Messages Conform to a “Theatre of Masculinity”?

Grindr unveiled a new feature they’ll be implementing last week… voice messages. Yeah, not one we’ll be in a rush to use that on. How about a feature that scans their Whatsapp and tells you how many of your friends they’ve already slept with?

Of the audio addition, Grindr said: “The sound of someone’s voice says a lot about them. That’s why we added audio messages, an easy and authentic way to connect and express yourself.”

But not everybody is happy about this form of ‘expression’.

One Tweeter referred the notion as a part of a ‘theatre of masculinity’:

A piece on LGBT+ site Them claims Grindr “is a social environment fraught with pressures to perform hyper-masculinity in order to be seen as more attractive. On an app where the phrase ‘no fems’ is commonplace in profile bios, adding voice messages could just be another way to screen people who aren’t masc 4 masc or don’t conform to more masculine standards of desirability.”

Another Tweeter scoffed at how exciting the voice feature would be when people have lost the art of conversation:

What do you think?

[Image: Them.us]

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