“So sexy!! Yum…gorgeous” Or, how it’s so cute when women objectify men all over Pinterest.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 2, 2012
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Objectification is Cute! (On Pinterest)

I will see him in my dreams…so hott!


the things i would do to this man!!

Don’t feel guilty. Anyone woman with even a little warmth in her veins would respond to this body.

Save a horse ride a cowboy!!


The above comments are just a few of the thousands, nay, hundreds upon thousands of sexytime, hot n’bothered comments on Pinterst (a site that, despite my profession, I’d managed to remain largely ignorant of until yesterday).

The above quotes, and images, are all from Pinterest. They’re shared here for a simple reason: elephant’s readership is 80% female. If we posted such images of women, with similar captions, it’d be world war three. But on Pinterest? It’s cute. Wholesome. Fun. Innocent, no big deal.

I’m in the no big deal camp—for other sex. Keep it happy, respectful, fun. Sex is a part of life, and a fun part at that as long as it’s above board.

But next time you want to accuse elephant of sexism or objectification? Spend five minutes on Pinterest, then get back to us.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


13 Responses to ““So sexy!! Yum…gorgeous” Or, how it’s so cute when women objectify men all over Pinterest.”

  1. Joel Brown says:

    Most Pinterest users are women. But if you look for it, you'll find the same thing on the mens' boards (both gay and straight men). Doesn't bother me. I have a "Hotness" board myself!

  2. Annie Ory says:

    There is nothing objectifying about acknowledging the sexual beauty of another being and allowing ourselves to enjoy the way that makes us feel.

  3. elephantjournal says:

    I agree. But I'd like to suggest that you and we readers apply same good humor and love to similar posts about women, with men commenting. Sexuality can be wholesome, yum, fun, hotttt! as Pinterest readers might say.

    And acknowledging such, as you say, doesn't have to be disrespectful—that was the simple point of this deeply profound post.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Doesn't bother me, either. My point is precisely that—getting hot under the collar can be fun and fine.

  5. canon says:

    Waylon, I understand this deeply profound post, but I think I don't think it's the…uh…right analogy.
    Pinterest is a social media tool, like facebook, twitter, myspace, etc, so really, anything goes.
    But something like elephant journal, it caters to a certain audience, and also bear some responsibility.
    So within this kind of specific environment, your readers are much more likely to be vigilant, and I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing.

    I think everyone need to take a chill pill before calling out problematic contents, but regardless, it's important to call them out.

    "Spend five minutes on Pinterest, then get back to us."
    Uhh…okay…Maybe people "get back" here because they feel like this is a safe space where they can care enough to call things out whereas they don't care enough to spend the energy at Pinterest…

    Just sayin' bro

  6. yogasamurai says:

    Oh Waylon, you're almost starting to sound like a soft core version of me? Imagine a female double standard on anything related to sex and gender relations. How could a delicate passion flower have anything but angelic intentions in mind?

    I'm just shocked that you would even gently and good-naturedly hint at such a thing!! Where are your manners? You probably should be tested for "latent misogyny."

    Hey Cusano, care to administer the test? Best to nip this stuff in the um, rosebud.

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  8. SAB says:

    I do think there is a double standard. Women think it's cute to say yum or whatever, but when men do it, it's objectifying or worse. I like your message- keep it fun, respectful- sexiness is wonderful.

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  10. Colin says:

    I typed sexy in to Pinterest's seach box. I got mostly high heel shoes back. Yes they are sexy on women. Yum.

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