I've noticed a trend lately in the lounge that unfortunately has not been a positive one. As you might have noticed, there have been several threads relating to the objectification and sexualization of women. Now I consider myself a feminist, though not a militant one, and I've been trying to think of positive ways of combatting this trend rather than simply constantly raging against it, and this is my thought.
Last week in the Girl's forum I posted two thread: One called "The Appreciation of the Masculine Form" thread and the other "The Appreciation of the Feminine Form" thread, both of which you can see I've have now moved here. This is where we post many pictures of beautiful people, with many many different conceptions of beauty. These threads were objectifying either sex, but rather to deal with sexuality and beauty in a way that doesn't belittle either party.
Basically, the idea is to let everyone let off a little steam and post pictures of people they attractive, or even just interesting! (For those that don't have a specific gender, or have changed genders, please post them in whichever thread they usually identify more with.) Let's show that we can deal with beauty, aestetics, sexuality and gender in a relaxed, comfortable and non-offensive manner, and see some really awesome pictures (and get some really awesome reference) to boot.
Feel free to tell me if I'm bonkers, but I really think that we can turn the current tide around into a positive, gender-inclusive and comfortable atmosphere for everybody. :]