We spoke to the lead researcher on the first empirical study into unsolicited dick pics.
W hen Leah Holroyd joined a dating site five years ago, the year-old noticed a lot of men had listed The Great Gatsby as a favourite book. Holroyd found him pleasant enough, but she was looking for a relationship rather than just friendship, and he only ever talked to her about authors. After a couple of weeks, the bibliophile said he would be visiting London where Holroyd, who builds online learning courses, was living.
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Francesca Harris used a dating app to receive as many pictures as possible to make an art project out of it. And of course, the men of Tinder obliged, out of the kindness of their heart or whatever kick they get out of sending nudes. The year-old Fine Art student, from Northampton, was met with responses, with some pretty strange requests, as you can imagine. But she laid all the cards on the table, putting on her Tinder bio that she was on the hunt for x-rated snaps for her project The Modern Man. Francesca matched with men but found almost a third of them asked what they would get in return. Francesca was sent a total of snaps and whittled them down to before she began painting them onto the canvas.
Dick pics are everywhere, and nobody knows what to do about them. I think it's your dick, and how you fucking photograph it. A spate of recent papers seeks to engorge the discourse—and explore just why men are sending these nudes in the first place. According to Cory Pedersen, a psychologist and human sexuality researcher at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, about 50 percent of the dick pic senders she interviewed had no qualms sending an unsolicited photo of their genitals. The difference between the groups came down to two variables: narcissism and sexism. Men who exhibited higher levels of both tend to send nudes without asking. Still, Pedersen has also found evidence that that characterization is too simple. They were hoping women would feel turned on. People have worn out their keyboards over that 6 percent. New York City has even tried to legislate against the practice, though any law would be hard to enforce.