By Keisha Mitchell
When B.O.B decided to let the ladies of the world peep at his print on that faithful Friday in 2015, no one could’ve anticipated the revolution, or social commentary it would spark. B.O.B’s commencement of Eggplant Friday was revolutionary not only because it was new, but for the first time in the social media sphere, (especially with the experience that is the Instagram timeline) women who enjoy penis and it’s many varieties finally had something to look at. As “Hip! Hip! Hoorays!” were sent out by eager, visually under stimulated women everywhere, there was a backlash of contempt and disgust brewing.
“ ...for all the feminist, women’s’ rights groups, and angry lesbians in the world, none have taken arms to shut down hashtags or pictures affiliated with titties, ass, or vagina. So why then, can’t I have my eggplants?”
The same male dominated (and controlled) IG imagery, post mavericks and meme makers who have (since the platforms’ creation) drowned others mercilessly in the ass crack, cleavage, camel toe and nip slips of other women finally had to consider what’s it like to be relatively (if not wholly) disinterested in the anatomical composition of another. But disinterest wasn’t enough. So deep was the distaste for Eggplant Friday that they actually had the hashtag and it’s affiliated posts banned from Instagram, leaving a thinker like me to question “why the fuss?” Well I believe I can answer my own question. Men are conditioned to only accept the presence of other mens’ sexuality or sexual organs if it is within the context of “assumed” heterosexuality.
Case in point; Men don’t want to be bombarded with pictures of penis on their Instagram, and you’d be hard pressed to find a straight man willing to pick up a magazine with a penis on the cover, yet in American or Western porn, the member of the male is most always extensively featured, playing costar only to the leading lady of whom it’s probably impaling. By that same token women are conditioned to be open , and accepting of any and all appearances of others’ sexuality, sexual organs, etc, yet are taught to be more reserved with the expression or sharing of their own. Case in point; women will not necessarily want to see the ass crack, cleavage, camel toe and nip slips of other women, yet will still give those pictures the thumbs up, while simultaneously participating in slut shaming or silence about the negative connotation of such imagery. In short, for all the feminist, women’s’ rights groups, and angry lesbians in the world, none have taken arms to shut down hashtags or pictures affiliated with titties, ass, or vagina. So why then, can’t I have my eggplants?