This just in: Grindr has begun rolling out a new voice messaging feature. Because who has time for typing anymore?
“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,” the hookup app says in a statement.
But the feature, which is currently only available in Australia, already has people fearing the worst. Many feel the it will only add fuel to that whole “masc 4 masc” thing.
Im not kidding tho. The new “are you masc?” is gonna be “send me a voice message.”
— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) May 9, 2018
John Paul Brammer over the the blog Them says the feature provides “yet another opportunity for gay men to be terrible to each other on dating apps,” writing:
Grindr, like many spaces created by and for cisgender gay men, 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.
Some worry the feature could propagate further internalized homophobia as users will feel pressured to adopt more “straight acting” voices:
Grindr voice messaging is gonna be great pic.twitter.com/hhAfxlLx8U
— gay and undead (@kamilumin) May 9, 2018
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Check out some of the other responses people are having to the new feature:
the gays when they’re asked to prove their masculinity via Grindr voice notes pic.twitter.com/D1O7CHpsTO
— #TheLiberationTour (@cacajuice) May 10, 2018
Someone on Grindr just asked me to send them a voice message to prove I don’t have an Indian accent. WHAT A WORLD!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/79GlAvBrdS
— Yusuf ???? (@colouroffensive) May 11, 2018
him, over Grindr voice: let me hear that masc voice
— joshua tranen (@jtranen) May 11, 2018
Just discovered the voice message feature on Grindr pic.twitter.com/BmHJoRhMcW
— Edgar Oliver (@edgaroliverf) May 16, 2018
Y’all know people gonn be sending voice messages to their exes on Grindr while they drunk and getting pounded out. This shit is about to get out of hand ?
— WV Bromo (@BromoWV) May 18, 2018
the grindr voice message i just got…… wow…. unbelievable ? pic.twitter.com/luxhkehY7k
— angel (@angeIfangs) May 17, 2018
I’m trying out the new Grindr voice feature. It’s going well pic.twitter.com/1efA6YU8oa
— get me pregnant @cristiano (@DietXanaxLite) May 10, 2018
if a Grindr guy asks to hear my voice I'm just sending a recording of the sax intro to Run Away With Me
— David (@DiscreetLatino) May 9, 2018
when you have "masc t*p" in your grindr bio and he shoots that voice message pic.twitter.com/GL6cBCJTym
— Nick (@itmeurboy) May 16, 2018
Me sending my first voice note on Grindr pic.twitter.com/ybzySXt2xg
— Delamare (@JamesDelamare) May 9, 2018