FB Cleavage (Or with friends like these, who needs enemies)

Riddle me this: What would you do if you were clowning around on the internet, maybe visiting the very popular site Reddit, and saw a picture of yourself posted with lewd comments about you from strangers across the country? The picture itself may not be lewd. It might be a shot of when you were at a baseball game wearing a t-shirt of your favorite team. All that you know is that you did not put that picture on the site and you do not know any of the people who have leered at it. Spoilers: this site gets all of its material from so-called “friends” on Facebook.

Sounds like make-believe, right? You shouldn’t have to worry about anything like that happening because, c’mon, has our society really sunk that low? Oh wait, yes, yes it has. The Huffington Post wrote a report a while back (but I just happened about it recently) about a new page on Reddit called “Facebook Cleavage.”  Its creepiness is very simple. As the name implies it’s a page where anyone with Internet access can view women – most of whom are sporting  various degrees of cleavage or have on short shorts, are maybe just have pigtails, or possibly wearing roller skates, all of the strange and sometimes incomprehensible tropes that men supposedly find desirable – at their leisure and sans consequence. Oh, but it gets better.

These women are not models. Or at least that appears to be the primary goal of the site. I’d venture to say that most of them (upwards of 99.9% of them) don’t even have a clue that their picture is even on this page. How gross is that? What makes it even worse is that if you go to the site you won’t be inundated by images of models laying seductively on the beach in string bikinis or bending over the hood of a car with garden hoses in their hands. No, these are just regular pictures of women on vacation, taking selfies, partying with friends, in a restaurant, wherever. Yes, they’re sexy.  That’s the point.

In short, this page only exists to objectify women who, in all likelihood, don’t even know their photos are on the site. And before you even go there — no, it’s not the woman’s fault for posting a photo of herself in a bikini or taking a selfie shot that exposes her cleavage or god forbid that photo of her and her friends at a party.  It’s one thing when a woman decides to post a photo to her Facebook wall. That’s her choice.  It certainly doesn’t mean anyone and everyone should be able to then steal it and post it willy-nilly wherever they want. But that’s exactly what’s happening.  What I can only assume are mostly guys are now stealing those photos and plastering them on a page meant only to soothe voyeuristic tendencies.

Obviously the pictures can only be posted by friends of the girls (or whoever might be privy to their Facebook timeline), but what kind of “friend” does this? Okay, so did I mention the creepy factor behind this whole venture? If not, now is a good time to bring up the “ick” factor of having these kinds of friends.

The page, in a terribly transparent attempt at decency, has a set of five rules but even that goes down in flames pretty quickly. They are as follows:

1. Find sexy pictures of your hot Facebook friends. Upload the pictures to imgur.com, and submit them here.

2. Doesn’t have to be cleavage. Any sexy pic will do.

3. Don’t post pics that don’t come from Facebook. You will be banned.

4. Only post people of age. Underage posts will be removed. And user banned. Report underage posts to the mods.

5. Please don’t mention real names.

Notice that none of these rules have anything whatsoever to do with getting permission from the girl before you post. Apparently, that’s not anything to be concerned about. I mean really, why would it be?

I have no idea how much traffic this page gets (I’m sure it’s a lot), but just the mere fact that it exists is enough to make me shake my head.  And again, it really makes me wonder just what kind of person would look at their friend’s Facebook photos and decide, “Hey, I know! I’ll steal this private photo of my friend and post it for everyone on the internet to see and ogle!”  With friends like that, who the hell needs enemies?

13 thoughts on “FB Cleavage (Or with friends like these, who needs enemies)

  1. It is abysmal behavior but, fact is, when one posts a picture on the public domain that is the Internet, one is essentially consenting for the world to see it in whatever context someone chooses to place it. Yep, it’s creepy and down-right unethical – all the more reason not to post too many pictures. If the creeps don’t get them, the NSA will. There is no privacy and little decency on the Web, that’s for sure. Peace . . .

    • I agree that it is an unethical thing to do and the creepy level is fairly high. I realize that whatever is posted on the internet is open to all and sundry but it seems a shame that our society is no better than this. Maybe I’m expecting too much.

      • It is a shame. Worse yet, it only takes one person to do these things, but the whole world then gets to click on it. One of the downfalls of the “Global Community” and instant communication. Peace . . .

  2. That is so bizarre! Gonna go check it out now! I doubt any of my friends would actually do that, I don’t think they even know about this site,lol

  3. And it’s exactly that kind of so-called harmless fun that leads to youth suicides.

    There’s another site who’s name I don’t recall or even know if it’s still functioning, though I sadly suspect it is. A WARNING that I am operating on memory, which of course, is fallible. I *may* have some details wrong, but it is *was* a story I first saw on a daytime talk show. (Don’t judge, I get really bored being stuck at home all day. 😉 ) And I *did* follow-up with some online media.

    To be honest though, I do *not* recall if I actually tracked down the site I’m referring to. The below detail stuck only because they sickened, outraged and angered me. If it was a made-up story, then several unknown actors were hired and the whole media was in on it.

    Anyway, a couple of years ago this young angry guy was so bitter after being cheated on – according to him – that he not only started a site where he could slander and “shame” her, he then invited other bitter men to join him. Soon there was a lot of personally identifying information about several women. Along with gossip, hearsay and accusations. This got him featured on a couple daytime talkshows, where he even faced a couple of women who’s lives were being ruined.

    It affected their current relationships, jobs and families. But their fight to shut him down was getting nowhere.

    I followed the story for a couple months and the last I heard were two thing:

    1) The US Attorney General’s office was “looking into it.”

    2) He “generously” offered to remove posts if the women provided “proof” of their identity, which of course he would “personally” evaluate. Among the documents he accepted – medical records. To prove they had no history of STD’s.

    He asked zero proof of anyone about the stories he published and the only sort of excuse I heard was that anyone, regardless of gender was free to post. And he alone had the power to delete something. Last I heard, only males – or at least those purporting to be male – had posted anything. Though again, what appeared was solely at his discretion.

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