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This subreddit of “festival sluts” is yet another gross example of how much Redditors delight in humiliating and objectifying women.
Following Celebgate, it’s difficult to argue that Reddit is a safe haven for female sexual expression. (Not that anyone was laboring under that impression to begin with, but still.) But in the darkest corners of Reddit, it’s not just female celebrities’ naked bodies that are being displayed front-and-center, but those of non-famous women as well. Case in point: R/festivalsluts, a subreddit of X-rated images of female concertgoers, many of which appear to have been taken without the subjects’ consent.
Discovered by the folks at Noisey, r/festivalsluts (which we won’t link to, for obvious reasons) has approximately 30,000 subscribers. It is, in most respects, a pretty straightforward subreddit devoted to softcore porn, linking to Imgur posts like “hippie slut” and “Diamond rave booty” and “Biggies at Rockfest 2014.” And while many of the photos depict busty young women enthusiastically grinning at the camera while flashing their goodies, a quick perusal of the site reveals there are a bunch of snapshots on there that were clearly taken without the subjects’ knowledge.
One GIF of a woman flashing her breasts while on another man’s shoulders, for instance, looks like it was taken from a distance. Another depicts a woman wearing underwear and furry boots who is being snapped from behind; yet another shows two unconscious, pantsless women passed out on the floor. But the fact that the women in these photos may not even know they’re featured on the site, or even that they took these photographs to begin with, hasn’t stopped redditors from gleefully commenting on their appearance:
As the folks at Noisey point out, one of the grossest (though perhaps unsurprising) things about r/festivalsluts is how incredibly vicious the redditors are in their critiques of the women in the photos. For every relatively innocuous “nice tits” comment, there are about 10 or 12 comparing a woman’s breasts to “nerds candy on top of beef jerkey,” or any number of other unflattering metaphors.
In truth, it’s not all that shocking that the men who have so little respect for women as to post photos of them without their consent, would have so little respect for their bodies as well. It’s also unsurprising that in response to criticism from the Noisey article, redditors would go on the defensive: “So we’re officially killing people for looking at boobs. Break out the burkas everyone! Your sexuality is wrong and hurtful,” one redditor wrote in a thread responding to the Noisey piece.
But of course, that’s exactly the point of r/festivalsluts, and of revenge porn in general: That the men who look at and masturbate to these photos clearly do believe women’s sexuality is wrong and hurtful. Otherwise, they wouldn’t derive so much malicious pleasure from humiliating them.
H/T Noisey | Photo by Shawn Ahmed/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
EJ Dickson is a writer and editor who primarily covers sex, dating, and relationships, with a special focus on the intersection of intimacy and technology. She served as the Daily Dot’s IRL editor from January 2014 to July 2015. Her work has since appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mic, Bustle, Romper, and Men’s Health.