Warning: this article contains images of male genitalia.
Last week Whitney Bell launched an art show in LA featuring her vast collection of unsolicited dick pics displayed in a loving traditional context with gold frames. Her collection “I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics” intends to expose dick pics for the harassing unwanted nuisance they are, she says.
“This isn’t dick-hating or man-hating. I love a good dick,” she says. “I just don’t love harassment. All the photos were unsolicited. It’s not about sex. It’s about power. It’s about these guys wanting to exert that control. They get off knowing that they forced some girl to see it. They know that girl is not going to turn around and say, “Let’s go on a date.”
I just can’t agree with this. I think a lot of Australian women DO like dick pics, DO use them to select a lover and DO wish to go on a date once they have seen an attractive asset. A lot of us have smart phones crammed with dick pics, and like a lot of women I have benefited greatly from dick pics. They are both a source of entertainment and also extremely useful in sorting through potential lovers online.
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I think anyone who uses online dating, as I did for almost 20 years, has to expect a certain level of familiarity. We are not courting within an Austenian context. We are scanning online for a lover who might live close to us and is hopefully both attractive and interesting. I met a lot of boyfriends and my husband online, and the dick pic was and still is a great way to get to know men.
Just as men like photos of women naked, straight women (and gay men) like seeing pictures of dicks. It’s interesting, educational and it helps sort through the dross when searching for a partner. We’ve moved well beyond the male gaze of the 80’s into the realm of internet dating where photos really REALLY matter. It’s not harassment, it’s essential viewing.
The best purpose of the dick pic is to prevent the excruciating “micropenis” situation where, after days or hours of online and offline contact, the man unrobes. And the lady is not happy with what she sees. At all. This is the guy who did NOT send a dick pic, and the reason is suddenly all too clear. The lady then has to hurriedly concoct an excuse to flee from the room. It could all be avoided with a dick pic.