Warning: discussion, images, and links in this post may all be offensive/NSFW. Note: comments are moderated so it might take me a little bit to put your insightful words up.
I have been, for the last few weeks, spending too much of my free time participating/lurking on the picpile site the maxx. I really enjoy many aspects of it; scenery, funny images, artistic photos, and biological/medical photos are all fun for me. However, there are an awful lot of tits & ass photos. I find this mildly annoying, as the internet doesn’t suffer from a dearth of pictures of naked women.
One participant in the maxx is a woman who goes by funkynut. Funkynut has a fairly non-steryotipic view of the world and the internet, as evidenced by her livejournal. She also has a consistent habit of voting “bad” on T&A photos.
This evidently won her some enmity. An entire series of posts were devoted to speculating, through images, what funkynut looked like. I’ve created a montage of those images that were still available for download. To me, they reveal something interesting about the way women are perceived.
Image (1) started the whole thing off, more or less. (2) makes the classic assertion that any woman with unfeminine opinions must be a hermaphrodite. (3) suggests that perhaps unspecified women on the maxx are both obese and interested in exposing themselves. The title for this one was “envisioning [insert female maxxer name here]”. (4), (5), and (6) are all attempts to be less lame. Of those, (4) was presented straightforwardly, and doesn’t feature nudity. (5) is a repost of a self-portrait funkynut posted some time ago. One of the interesting things about this pic is that much of the commentary surrounding these images involved funkynut needing to “prove” that she is who she says she is by posting more pics (preferably nude). (6) This one could be interpreted as “spunky”, as the woman in the picture is flipping us off. Yet she manages not to have any clothes on, something evidently required when envisioning a woman. (7) brings us to a fully clothed cartoon woman, who evidently is dumb, can’t handle her computer, and/or can’t handle the maxx. (8) reprises the dim notion, though I’d be unsurprised if the apostrophe abuse is original rather than parodic. (9) was originally an animated gif; the woman was jiggling her breasts.
(10) and (11) are thematically related to (2); here we have two men dressed up as women. (10) had the most most emblematic title, I thought; it said “envisioning funkynut’s only apparent talent”. The poster, seven, also had the distinction of making some of the most disparaging comments regarding funkynut, though I must admit the competition was heated.
(12)-(15) mostly focus on the “freak” theme, with (14) serving as the obligatory “you’re really a fat man” post. Most of these can be interpreted as more humour than anything else.
To contextualize this phenomena, imagine if someone made a point of saying they were black. Subsequently, a series of posts were made “envisioning” them featuring people in blackface, cartoon stereotypes of blacks, and maybe this picture entitled “envisioning [x]’s only talent”. Somehow, I suspect that run would’ve received slightly fewer [good] votes than the one that merely heaped derision on women.