Online dating is a veritable minefield for single women, with simple Tinder messages too often escalating into an overeager guy sending a single lady an unsolicited photo of his own genitals. You know, as you do.
Now, one woman decided to fight back against the “dick pics” and took a stand on the issue by turning the tables and sending potential matches pictures of her lady parts.
She did this to over 40 men she met through the online dating app Bumble and then documented their reactions to her “v-pics” for Thrillist.
Unfortunately (and probably not too surprisingly), far from reacting with horror or disgust like their female counterparts, all the guys responded with delight and were quite keen to meet up with her.
For the experiment, LA-based writer Kerry Quinn, swiped right on a bunch of guys, flirted with them for three or four messages and then went straight to messaging them photos of her genitals – or rather, a cute photo of somebody else’s she found on the Internet.
However, rather than teaching the guys a lesson and them feeling the incident might constitute sexual harassment, the replies were hilarious and downright descriptive of what they wanted to do to the vagina in the photo. A rather telling insight into the male mind, right there.
She then tried a different tactic and just started sending them the pics without any verbal interaction whatsoever, hoping that might encourage the men to be a little bit more wary. But, no, their responses were keener than ever and, of course, several replied with shirtless photos and, yes, some genital pics of their own.
Writing about her bizarre experiences, Kerry said:
I’d initially hoped the guys would see how invasive it is to receive such intimate photos from a stranger. When I’m excited to get to know a guy, his penis isn’t the first part of him that I want to know.
Every one of them wanted to meet me, regardless of age or location. In a strange twist, though, I did feel empowered, although in a much different way than I expected. Men were clamouring to meet me, which is a great feeling even if it’s not for the right reasons. I’ll be honest: even though it wasn’t mine, I stood a little bit taller for a few days all thanks to the fact that, uh, guys love v-pics.
Sorry, Kerry, online dating is a very strange place. We know that more now than ever before!