Has anyone else heard of or seen the website theChive? Several of my friends love this site, even saying they like the funny stuff, not the “girl posts.” But the cover shots of all the “girls posts” leave very little to the imagination–when you go to the main page, you basically see exactly what’s “hidden” behind the links–clicking on the links just brings up more of the same.
Is it true that, by visiting the website, we are implicitly supporting everything the site stands for? The people behind the Chive aren’t going to say “well, the traffic on our “funny” tab is up by a couple of people, but I noticed that those same people did not look at the “girl” threads. Perhaps we should put more funny stuff up and fewer girls?” It seems like, by participating in any part of the culture of the website, you are implicitly supporting the whole of it.
Is this too harsh? Should I encourage my friends to abstain from looking at the website at all? Am I being judgmental? Is it, in fact, possible to value a website for the good things while choosing not to look at the bad things? Am I underestimating other people? I become very angry, because in general the site encourages men to disrespect women, and it also (perhaps even worse) encourages women to offer themselves up to be disrespected–and enjoy it. I just don’t know what to do.
It’s really hard to figure out what to do in this world sometimes…