Sexual Fraud: Should It Be Illegal To Lie On Your Tinder Profile?

By Marley DeRosia

If you lie on your Tinder profile, you might be in for a nasty shock — professor Irina D. Manta has announced a call for legal action against lying in your online dating profile.

It’s common for individuals to lie about their height or weight. In fact, nearly 80% of people will tell lies on their dating profile, with most of these claims being innocuous white lies.

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But more insidious profiles can result in serious damage to another person. Sexual fraud has become a serious transgression in the world of online dating but there is very little to stop this from happening in the first place.

Professor Irina D. Manta hopes to change this.

In her article published by The Washington Post, she highlights more serious circumstances where people were put at risk because of lies orchestrated by another user. One woman even fell in love with a businessman only to discover he was married. Worse yet? He was doing this to countless other women with the help of online dating.

It’s no wonder nearly 50% of marriages will end in divorce throughout the United States.

“For a woman in her late 30s or early 40s who wants to marry and have children, the opportunity cost of a fraudulent relationship can add another dimension to the pain in the form of diminished fertility,” Manta writes.

And the pervasion of lying doesn’t stop there. Countless fake accounts and bots work to trick users into paying exorbitant fees for businesses while others work under a different agenda. Twitter alone has removed or banned 70 million bot accounts since May of 2018.

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One 69-year-old man hopes to elude lying on his profile through legal means, however. The aging Dutch senior wants to change his age to get more matches online and took it to court to alter his birthdate.

Born in 1949, Emile Ratelband wants to change his birth year to 1969. This would allow him to claim he is 20 years younger than his actual, measurable, biological age.

“If I put on Tinder that I am 69, I will not get a response…[As] 49, with that face of mine, then I’m rammed,” Ratelband said.

Of course, this act of lying could have serious repercussions on women hoping to meet a younger man. Whether due to issues in fertility, longevity, or lifestyle, there are countless reasons why women would not want to date someone who is 20 years older than they claim.

As Manta so succinctly states in her Washington Post article, “‘I won’t be able to get laid as easily’ is a poor argument for lying in the sexual setting. That line of thinking reflects an often misogynistic attitude of entitlement to sex that, in its more extreme forms, has been used to justify rape and has been embraced recently by the “involuntary celibacy,” or incel, movement.”

The scope of sexual fraud law may include online dating sooner than you think.

Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery Flavor - Passion Fruit Punch

Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed! Did you Guess Correctly?

After months of speculation, Sparkling Ice has finally announced what we’ve been waiting in anticipation for – the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed!

As part of the Mystery Fruit Flavor launch back in June, Sparkling Ice challenged fans to taste, debate and ultimately cast their flavor votes. Fans entered via social media using the hashtag #WhatTheFlavorSweeps for their chance to win over $45,000 worth of prizes. These prizes included a Bose Sound System, Sonos Wireless Speakers, iTunes gift cards, a year of FREE Spotify and more. Fans across the country cast their votes and winners were announced on a weekly basis from May 15th – August 7th.

We were not even close to guessing correctly. 

Sparkling Ice Limited Edition Mystery Flavor - Passion Fruit Punch

Sparkling Ice is excited to reveal the flavor of its limited-edition Mystery Flavor is Passion Fruit Punch! That’s right, the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed is tropical. We knew it would be something tropical, but that’s about it. How did you guys do? Did any of you vote correctly?

“At Sparkling Ice, we’re excited to share that the Mystery Fruit Flavor our consumers have been drinking all summer long has been revealed as Passionfruit Punch,” said VP of Community and Customer Relations of Talking Rain Beverage Co., Nina Morrison.  “In fact, our fans and followers have been enjoying the flavor so much that they’ve made it one of our top selling Sparkling Ice products of the summer.”

Passion fruit, most popular in the Caribbean, Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, is a semi-tart fruit that’s low in calories but very high in nutrients. We grew up drinking passion fruit juice and today it still remains a favorite. Which is why we can’t believe how far off we were with our flavor guess. It may be time to reset our palate. We can take solace in the fact that we were not the only ones that were wrong.

“As a company, we’ve been anticipating the big reveal for months,” added Nina Morrison. “Over 245K fans and followers participated in the social media contest, making it one of our most successful promotions to date. We had guesses ranging from Blueberry Lemonade to Watermelon, Fruit Punch and more. Even I guessed wrong!”

In addition to the weekly contest winners, Sparkling Ice also announced a grand prize winner on August 8th. This winner won an all-expense paid VIP trip to California to attend a major music festival in April 2019. 

So now that we have shared the Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed, what are your thoughts on the new flavor?

 

You’re Invited to Experience TechStyle NYC During NYFW

Hello fellow fashion lovers, ever wish you could participate in at least once new york fashion week event? Thanks to TechStyle NYC, you can. TechStyle NYC opens its doors to an all-day, influencer, media, and select guests-only event, on September 12th, a perfect event to help close out NYFW. This amazing brand showcase promises 3D printed garments, fashion forward apps, and new ways to accessorize your favorite wearables.

Located in a fashion-week friendly venue set suitably between Skylight Clarkson Square and Milk Studios, several very cool brands will highlight their goods and services at TechStyle NYC under the theme of sustainability.  Attendees will be enlightened to the likes of such innovative brands as Venia Collection, a contemporary design studio leveraging advancements in Virtual Reality and 3D Printing. They are the go-to for popularizing the possibilities of creating clothing using only 100% sustainable fibers to curate the best possible product for you and the environment. Guests are encouraged to interact with featured brands at the event, and via social media platforms. There will be plenty of activities to Instagram, Tweet, and Snapchat about.

Now in its 7th year, TechStyle NYC has always celebrated the New, Now and Next in the fashion, beauty, tech, and lifestyle industries. With tech fully immersing itself into the fashion realm, TechStyle NYC event is a must to attend, especially if you love innovation.

All these good things will take place at the lofts at Prince Street (177 Prince Street) in the Penthouse and Roof Deck. The open showcase of the brands will be held from 12-7pm on Tuesday 9/12/17. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://txtyl.nyc/sustain.  For more go to www.techstyle.nyc, follow the feed at #TechStyleNYC, @TechStyleNYC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and share your experience on Snapchat at TechStyle_NYC.

Will you be attending this innovative event during New York Fashion Week?

Fla-ver [Fla•VƏr] Artisan Crafted Candies and Dispenser on Kickstarter

We all loved candy as children, and many of us still have our sweet tooth firmly intact but sometimes as an adult, we desire candy that’s a bit more grownup, candy that’s a bit better for us. Let’s face it, as adults, we lose our childhood metabolism, much like our childhood innocence. What if we told you, there was a great adult candy, that not only tasted great but is actually good for you? Candy made with natural flavors and colors, that are artisan crafted, in small batches. Say hello to Fla-ver [Fla•VƏr] Artisan Crafted Candies, gluten-free treats that boast natural ingredients, are under 95 calories per serving, and come in six wonderful flavors.

Fla-ver Candies allow you to enjoy candy without the guilt and are available in flavors that range traditional, to foodie inspired. Enjoy the wonderful flavors of Mint (essence of Rosemary creme), Peppermint (refreshing twist on the classic bliss), Popcorn (salty, buttery goodness), Pineapple Jalapeno (mild treat of aloha heat), Lime Chipotle (feisty yet friendly fiesta), and Cherry (roasted rich and savory sweet). And because this is an adult candy, it comes housed in sophistication. Fla-Vers comes with a companion Artisan Crafted Dispenser, which boasts a sleek and clean design, easy loading, and one-touch dispense, to delivers perfect low-calorie portions of Bliss. These fab flavors are available in 25gm treat-size packs for deliciousness on the go, and a 16oz/1 lb refill-sized bag.

This delectable treats are raising funds through their Kickstarter campaign, and are rewarding backers with goodies which range from candy and dispenser in your flavor of choice, t-shirts, and the opportunity to be a Flaverologist for a Day with airfare, hotel accommodations, and a visit to their factory to make your own candy. Want to know more? Visit the Flaver Artisan Crafted Candies Kickstarter project page now.

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