Most of my response belongs in the thread but since I’ve been ‘noted’ I have to bring it here.
The thread was about an objection to women posting pictures in bikinis because it made them look unprofessional. The majority of responses indicated there was nothing wrong with women posting such pictures. As I mentioned in my earlier responses it is because professionals are adults and can partake in adult behavior without being unprofessional. In this case it means a woman can be a surgeon and also be sexually attractive.
You all do know that’s what we’re talking about here, right? This is not a discussion about different types of swim wear, it’s about women posting pictures of themselves that show them to be sexually attractive.
The thread included the idea that this objection was really a prank to intended to get women to post pictures of themselves in bikinis. That was done humorously I’m sure, but it shows the very attitude of those objecting to the pictures in the first place, that a woman cannot be both a professional and sexually attractive because then people will try to see them in bikini pictures. I’ll note the thread also contained a picture of a nurse wearing lingerie under a clear plastic PPE gown, and as would be expected, there were references to porn.
I presented those concepts in the form of a joke. If you’re shocked that I would be less than serious on any subject then you must not have ever seem one of my posts. And sometimes when I do that I intend to be acridly sarcastic also. So my sense of humor may not appeal to everyone, or maybe not anyone, and occasionally the totally humorless don’t get it, but engineer_comp_geek’s note made it clear he understood that’s what it was intended to be.
But it’s not the content of the joke that is the problem here is it? These are the very concepts explored through out the thread, it is its form as a “juvenile boy’s locker room” joke that is objected to. I’m not really proud of it humor wise actually, I wanted to take this to more levels that would go right at those those who say it is unprofessional for women to appear to be anything but asexual. So I can’t defend the joke in terms of humor. But there was no new concept or idea presented in that post not found elsewhere in the thread, including the words “undies, provocative Halloween costumes and scanty swimwear” taken from the OP.
But I do believe I should be able to make such a point about those who can’t manage to maintain two different concepts of a person at the same time using “juvenile boy’s locker room” humor. I was not shitting in a thread about some other topic only loosely connected to swimwear, it is bikinis and sexuality and people’s attitudes that are the subject of that thread.
There is nothing wrong with anyone liking to look at sexually attractive picture of people, especially the pictures they are proud to show of themselves, representing themselves as human being who are more than just the job they do. And I’m sure those same people understand that they will only be perceived lasciviously by some people.
If the rule is that juvenile humor is not allowed under any circumstances, that it cannot have a proper context, then I guess you got me. But I see no evidence that there is any such rule or enforcement of it.
If it’s not that, and it’s not the content, then I guess it is the official policy of the Dope that women cannot be both professional and sexually attractive and to consider them so is misogynistic. Or maybe it’s just too much trouble to try to find the forest behind the trees.