Artist Gets Revenge by Reverse-Objectifying Online Dating Creeps
Something about the anonymity of the Internet seems to bring out the worst in some men, even if they’re ostensibly trying to get to know you in real life. Tired of overly sexual, rude, and offensive messages from her Tinder matches, artist Anna Gensler began responding to such texts by drawing unflattering naked portraits of the offenders, reports BuzzFeed.
“I didn’t want to draw them in a way that would make them happy,” Gensler told Slate. “They’re all based off of these guys’ profile pictures, so their faces and their general positions are the same, but from there I tried to make them look a little chubbier or scrawnier or just not particularly well-endowed.”
Gensler’s Instagram account succinctly describes the project: “Objectifying men who objectify women in 3 easy steps: Man sends crude line via internet. Draw him naked. Send portrait to lucky man, enjoy results.” In addition to her simple gray-scale line drawing, Gensler has begun saving screenshots of the messages she’s received from her subjects in response to her work.
Predictably, many men have not been pleased. Andrew, age 19, whose introductory message of “I bet your tight” earned him a Gensler original, fired back by saying: “Wow you really have nothing better to do with you life than be a complete bitch. Makes sense why your on here trying to meet new people that don’t already know you.” Gensler was quick to point out that Andrew was also using the dating app, asking “Does everyone in real life hate you?”
While others have responded in good humor, the artist remains mystified by their initial bad manners, wondering “if you’re smart and seem like a normal person, why are you using opening lines like ‘I love butt sex’?”
It remains to be seen if Gensler’s project will help reform online dating creeps, but any woman who’s been offended by their behavior is sure to get a kick out of her work.
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