There’s a very common image theme going on in what is affectionately known as “The Hipster Blogs.” It’s a girl’s lower face, usually with some sexy lip-biting or kissy-face going on. I like to call it HipstaLips.
Girls are pretty, girly lips are pretty, and sexy mouth things are sexy. It’s fun.
This type of image is certainly objectification. It’s presenting one part of the human body out of context, and, like most objectifying images, HipstaLips is mostly a female phenomenon.
(For those of you who just said: NO MEN ARE OBJECTIFIED ALL THE TIME, JUST LOOK AT ALL THE HOT MUSCLEBOUND HUNKS IN ADS/TV/MAGIC MIKE: That’s not the same. It’s usually more of a power fantasy gratification then an attempt to be sexually appealing to women.)
Anyway, cue image of me, tumbling down the rabbithole of tumblr, when I come across this:
It’s our old friend HipstaLips! With a CIS DUDE MOUTH! I was surprised because I’d never seen anything like it before, and then I was surprised at my surprise.
Is it objectification? I would say yes. It’s focusing on one part of the body, not the entire human. Is this sexist? No. This is a tiny phosphorescent plankton floating in a vast sea of Female HipstaLips.
And you know what? I think it’s refreshing to see this genre of sexy-lip-emphasis with a male subject. Although it’s not hard to find pictures of ginormous muscledudes, this sort of imagery is rare. And judging by the number of notes on the thing (33,000+ at time of posting) and the prevalent gender of tumblr users, it’s something many women would like to see more of.