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Tinder's Splendour In The Grass Collab Is Bad News For Chlamydia Rates

Splendid.

We’re a a month or so out before Splendour In The Grass (SITG) is here but there’s an extra level of spice to this year’s proceedings courtesy of Tinder.

A few months ago Tinder announced it was launching a new “festival mode”, which basically slaps a badge of an upcoming festival you’re going to onto your profile for all other fellow festivalgoers/swipers to see.

After waiting for festival mode to arrive Down Under, we can officially announce that it will make its big Australia debut on June 21 and SITG will be the first big music festival where this feature will be available to all. So for those who were hoping to get in on some swiping action at Byron Bay this year, your search just became much easier.

While this will be great for those hoping to find that special someone during Childish Gambino or James Blake’s set, this does throw up something of a red flag regarding STIs.

If you recall last year’s SITG, about 1,000 attendees there reportedly had chlamydia. With Tinder’s festival mode making hook-ups easier than ever this year, the ingredients are there for a worrying spike in chlamydia rates.

So before you get swiping, please take all the necessary precautions, get checked up before heading over to Bryon Bay, and make sure you are packing protection. Chlamydia is an awful disease that doesn’t always show itself and can wreck havoc on your health, especially for women.

Beyond the potential rise in STI rates at this year’s SITG, please also keep in mind the festival and app’s “I expect respect” policy. Festival mode doesn’t give you permission to go around and being creepy to other people so just be cool.

So if you’re headed to Byron Bay this year, just remember to get checked up, play safe, and be nice to people. Everyone’s there to have fun so don’t let chlamydia or creepy swipers ruin it.

Australia’s Problem With Consent Is Far Worse Than You Think

The numbers are worryingly high.

We all know that the issue of consent is very important and needs to be properly taught to young people, right? Unfortunately, the number of young Australians who still don’t fully understand consent is distressingly high.

The results of the National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey Youth Report (NCAS) show that of the 1,761 people aged 16 to 24 surveyed in 2017, 13-15% of respondents said a man was “justified” in continuing trying to have sex with a woman who had taken him into a bedroom and initiated kissing before pushing him away. And men and women were equally likely to hold this view.

Worryingly, the report also found that one-third of young men believed that many women who say they had been raped had in fact led them on and then had regrets.

The issue of consent extends towards nude images, with the survey finding that over a quarter of young Australians blame women for sharing nude images in the first place, rather than the offender sharing the images without the woman’s consent.

In addition to the issue of consent, the report also shed some light on how young Australians viewed relationships, violence against women, domestic violence and gender roles.

While the report found that the understanding of the nature of violence against women has improved from 2013 to 2017, knowledge of the unequal nature of domestic violence has gone backwards.

The results state that while there is evidence that men are more likely to initiate domestic violence whereas women only use violence in self-defence, only 64% of Australians believe this which is a 7% drop since the 2013 NCAS report and has been steadily declining since 1995.

As for gender inequality, the results show that while there’s been a decrease in the proportion of Australians believing that men make better political leaders than women (27% in 2013 compared to 14% in 2017) and nearly all Australians (97%) are against the idea of men making jokes about being violent towards women, there have been setback in other areas.

Nearly a quarter of young people have no issue telling sexist jokes about women among their male friends, with young men (30%) over twice as likely to agree with this than young women (14%).

Perhaps the most worrying statistic is that nearly 45% of Australians believe that many women exaggerate gender equality in the country, with more young men (52%) than young women (37%) likely to hold this view.

If you need to talk to someone, you can call Lifeline on 131114.

Do You Actually Know How Easy It Is To Catch An STI? PE Class Failed Us

Guess we're staying single forever.

With stats telling us that STIs are on the rise because we swipe right too much, it seems like everything is conspiring against all the single people out there.

Well single folks, get ready for another bombshell to detonate all over your dating life because not only will Tinder dramatically increase your chances of getting an STI (according to science), it is actually incredibly easy to get one.

Apparently you can catch gonorrhoea from something as simple as a kiss. Yeah.

So much gonorrhoea being spread right now.

According to a new Melbourne-based study published in the Sexually Transmitted Infections Journal, there’s a worrying link between kissing and the transmission of “oropharyngeal gonorrhoea” (basically gonorrhoea of the throat) irrespective of whether sex occurs.

A total of 3,677 people were tested in the study, all of whom were exclusively men who had sex with other men (MSM), and the results found a higher proportion of positive responses for the clap in men who had kissing-only or kissing-and-sex interactions with other men.

Combine this new research with a recent 2018 release from NSW Health stating that Australia is now home to a couple of antimicrobial-resistant strains of gonorrhoea and the conclusion is not only can you get the clap through kissing but the usual method of treating it with antibiotics may no longer work.

Welp, any remaining motivation to date in 2019 has suddenly evaporated. At this rate, we might as well just stay home and gripe about how inaccurate movie sex scenes are than go out and meet people because it seems like that’s the safest way to avoid STIs.

Be smart and keep safe whenever you do anything that involves touching, kissing, sex, and any physical contact really.

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