Photo compliments or offensive leching?
Posted on July 25, 2014
Many photos, on this site and others, especially of women, (usually) receive positive complimentary comments. On the face of it, this is a good thing. One posts a photo, the person/people in the photo are pleased to receive positive feedback and everyone's happy. However, there is a school of thought which takes offense to even positive comments, especially when the comment can be interpreted in a sexual manner. Usually this manifests itself in a man commenting on an image of a pretty woman, and although obviously other permutations are seen, the common case is considered here.
ps. I trust Anita is happy for her, almost arbitrarily chosen and quite outstanding, photo to be used here for this site/blog example.
The question is really, whether positive comments with "innuendo", are permitted, or whether all comments are required to be completely neutral at all times. Or perhaps a balance might be reached. We're not talking here about clearly sexual comments like "nice tits", which ARE clearly inappropriate, so let's not bother with those for now. We're talking about comments such as: "gorgeous scenery", "enchanting smile", "heaven in a teacup", "beautiful figure", "awesome picture". What is said and what is read, may be different in each case. Because some people, are highly sensitive, or equally highly IN-sensitive, and because people may see lechery where it is not intended, or intend lechery and try to hide it well, this is clearly a complex issue.
I want to point up this image here, which has already had several comments, as an example only, and welcome feedback/comments here. Hopefully we can all learn from the conversation, and educate one another as to what might be appropriate or not, at the same time.