Voices

Everyone’s freaking out over Grindr’s new voice messaging feature

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.

Related: Grindr leaves men feeling depressed and dead inside, research finds

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.

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:

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Related: New study confirms what we already knew: Grindr makes everyone miserable