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Don’t Invite Lady Gaga To Your Hens Party, She’ll Ruin It

Bad romance.

Lady Gaga has found her name in headlines again this week after she took to Instagram to confirm that she has split from her partner Dan Horton.

And that really sucks – truly. Breakups are painful and difficult and just not a good time for anyone; especially someone in the public eye. Our hearts bleed even more when the person who’s experiencing the breakup is a sweetheart, which Lady Gaga happens to be.

But the A Star Is Born actress chose to confirm her breakup with the world at a particularly odd time. It was at her friend’s Bachelorette party.

Now, I don’t know the dynamic of Gaga’s relationship with her bride-to-be pal. Maybe they chatted this through and it’s all totally fine. But you’ve got to admit: confirming a romantic split kind of steals the attention from the bride, no?

In an Instastory, Gaga shared a photo of herself and her bestie along with the caption:

“An about to be married woman and me, a single lady. Also thanks @hauslabs for the makeup”

This is the post that set off the wave of interest. The message (and casual business promo) doesn’t really appear to be about the hen do and seems more like an opportunity taken to drop a truth bomb.

But again, this is all being interpreted from one photo and could be a gross misreading of the move.

According to Cosmopolitan, Lady Gaga and Horton had been dating since July 2019 and there have been whispers of their split for about a week now.

Adding to the not-so-fun updates from the 33-year-old performer, Gaga also took a moment during the Bachelorette celebration to hint at her condition since falling off a *literal* stage and landing on her back.

In another Instastory post she wrote:

“I might be in a lot of pain but I couldn’t miss my best friends bachelorette dinner.”

So, Lady Gaga might have stolen the thunder a little, but the woman does get points for showing up – back pain and all.

Scientists Completed A Study On The Motivations Behind Unsolicited Nudes Because STOP IT

*No one* is picking up what you're putting down.

Speak to a group of single women who date men, and chances are one of them will have a story about an unsolicited d**k pic.

The phenomenon is a baffling one. Although it ~seems~ that common sense would suggest sending a photo of genitalia requires consent, a subset of society continues to sling out nudes like they were free hugs.

Checking out Tinder like…
Image: Columbia Pictures

The conundrum is so vexing, in fact, that a group of scientists from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in Montreal decided to complete a study on it.

As news.com.au has reported, the research looked into the motivations behind (very, very) unwanted photos of penises, and the findings were surprising.

For the study, a group of “men who have sex with women” were surveyed on sexual behaviours including “photographic exhibitionism” (i.e. sending unsolicited d**k pics).

Those fellas who revealed they had shared their junk without being asked to were then quizzed further on the reasons behind the, er, bold move.

Additionally, the study looked at elements like “narcissism, erotophilia-erotophobia, and gender-role belief. Participants were also asked whether they had ever engaged in any non-technology mediated acts of exhibitionism.”

The somewhat surprising results showed that the most common motivation these men had for sending photos of their genitals was a “transactional mindset“. Or in other words: the expectation that they would receive a nude snap in return.

This makes it worse, right?
Image: Universal Pictures

This is particularly surprising because the act of exposing yourself to someone who has not indicated they’re okay with it comes across as disrespectful and even aggressive. So the view that it could be a means of turning someone on is truly perplexing.

But, wait! There’s more.

Researchers went on to analyse the broader personality traits of the participants. These results, however, were less shocking:

“Of particular interest were differences in personality characteristics between men who do, and do not, send unsolicited penis pictures,” the paper stated.

Disparities were seen specifically “on variables of narcissism and both hostile and benevolent sexism”.

So, long story, short: if you think someone wants a photo of your bits, ask them first. If they are not into it, put down the phone and desist.

Australians Suck At Dating So Take A Leaf Out Of All Those Romcoms And Move To New York City If You Want Some Loving

It also helps that NYC's dating pool is over double the size of Sydney's, meaning that there's plenty more fish in the sea.

Let me start with this: dating is strange.

Yes, it can be fun and romantic. But it can also be awkward and disappointing, and it can lead to unpleasant experiences – like having your date launch himself at your face while you’re trying to make your way into a cab and away from him. Let me tell you, trying to deal with a very bad half-kiss while your body is partway inside a vehicle is about as cringe-worthy as it gets.

The dating game is a difficult one to navigate at the best of times with all this ghosting and breadcrumbing (and the fact that all men, if that’s what you’re into, have been ruined by Noah Centineo now), but I’m here to tell you I’m damn well convinced that it’s especially crap in Australia.

I recently decided to make the move over to New York and in my time here, have noticed a few major differences in the (hetero, which I am) dating culture.

1. People actually date a lot more here

This may not be the case for everyone in Australia, but in my experience, people generally date one person at a time.

If they’re in no rush to make a commitment, they may be hooking up with a bunch of people, sure. But singles looking for lurve tend to focus their attention rather than diversify their options.

In New York, there’s no time for that. If you’re dating, chances are you have a few pots simmering at once.

(I’m hoping this goes without saying, but I’m only talking about those who are not in exclusive relationships, here… Seeing other people behind your partner’s back is called being a d**k.)

2. When it comes to pursuing someone IRL, men are way more forward:

All those movie meet-cutes where couples have a sweet exchange in an elevator or at the grocery store? They actually happen here. And being out in a group doesn’t appear to make much of a difference either.

This does not happen anywhere near as often in Australia.

According to dating coach Iona Yeung, that’s because Aussies have a greater fear of rejection”. Which is fair enough; people can be the worst.

Speaking about Sydney specifically, she told me:

They [Sydney guys] aren’t as forward and require getting many cues from women before they will consider approaching them. So, if you are dating in Sydney, know that subtle cues don’t work.

And here I thought glancing at a cute guy across the room then turning away at warp speed was a killer move.

Oh, and before you ask: yes, I’m aware women can approach men, too. This is just something I’ve noticed while here.

3. Guys aren’t afraid to be a little bit charming:

When guys and gals do meet in Australia, the trend seems to be that we’re a lot less comfortable with the idea of men dishing out a little chivalry. We’re fans of the hot goofball, instead.

Dating and relationship expert, Mel Schilling spoke about this with the Sydney Morning Herald a couple of years back:

I’m speaking in general, but in most cases, Australians are not encouraged to take on gentlemanly traits. They are ridiculed for acting as gentleman [sic].

Hello, toxic masculinity!

From what I’ve seen, dudes in the States are pretty direct when they’re into someone, and it’s no big deal… unless you’re an Australian lady person like me who’s not even slightly used to it.

I once had an American guy try and hold my hand the first time we hung out and I basically shrivelled up and disintegrated into a million pieces like it was the end of Infinity War because I didn’t know how to handle the affection.

In Australia, on the other hand, I’ve been three dates in and totally unsure if the guy I’m seeing likes me at all.

4. There’s less hype around meeting friends:

Back home, introducing someone to your mates is usually a big-ass deal reserved for full-blown significant others only.

Here, you can literally have been on two dates and the guy you’re seeing will probably be very chill, keen even, about meeting your pals.

5. Not having to swipe on people you already know is the greatest:

Who knew being in a city twice as big as Sydney would widen the dating pool? It’s a nice change not having to awkwardly swipe left on your ex-boyfriend’s best friend every few weeks…

(I know that last one has nothing to do with the culture of dating, but I really prefer it, so it made the list.)

I decided to ask Yeung if she thought risk-shy Aussie singles are our own worst enemies:

There’s definitely a casual dating culture in Australia, but I don’t think it holds Aussies back from finding love. When singles reach a life stage where they’re ready to get married [or make a serious commitment], they’ll make more of an active effort to take dating more seriously.

So, we’re not hopeless.

We just kind of suck when we don’t take it seriously, which is most of the time.

Now… The only questions that remain are: do you think Noah Centineo uses Tinder? And what are my chances of coming across his profile in a city of 8.5 million people?

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