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Pinterest Gender Humor: The Fall of Pinterest

Pinterest Gender Humor: The Fall of Pinterest

From the creative minds at College Humor, we got a good laugh on how this little animated video illustrates the war between the sexes on the internet using Pinterest as the last bastion of normalcy for women, devoid of tube smut for men, and how far women will go to protect it!

Enjoy the video!

CollegeHumor produces original comedy videos. In addition, the site hosts a large collection of user-submitted viral videos, encompassing home movies, bizarre sports highlights, sketches, and the like. These videos are released 1 month prior to being posted on YouTube. The CollegeHumor YouTube Channel has reached over 1.9 billion views, and over 4 million subscribers!

But, let’s take a more in-depth look at this gender difference, courtesy of a blog posting on the NPR.org website:

“Unless your Internet connection has been disabled for the past year, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the new darling of the social media world: Pinterest.

The simple and highly visual site lets users save — or “pin” — coveted outfits, recipes, home décor ideas and do-it-yourself projects on virtual bulletin boards, for their own use and to share with others.

And while the site has been around since late 2009, Pinterest has experienced an almost meteoric rise in monthly unique visitors of late. According to data from the Internet analytics firm comScore (and first reported by TechCrunch), unique monthly visitors to the site jumped from approximately one million in July to more than 11 million last month.

Beyond its visual appeal, another thing quickly stands out on a first visit to Pinterest: a somewhat feminine orientation. The opening page is wallpapered with images of women’s outfits, DIY craft projects, recipes and wedding dresses. According to various reports, 58 percent to 97 percent of Pinterest users are female.

Whatever the exact figure, the site’s been tagged as everything from “digital crack for womento “Tumblr for ladiez.” And anecdotally, many female users report that their male friends “just don’t get it.” Journalist David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, recently channeled on his Facebook wall how many men may think about Pinterest:

I love how many of my men friends like me are using Pinterest but have no images pinned. Many men are like…”And how am I supposed to use this?” One friend yesterday said that for a man, going to Pinterest is like walking into a woman’s bathroom. Not that it probably doesn’t have many virtues and uses we haven’t yet understood. That’s why we’re all there—it seems useful. But how?

“It’s no surprise that women use Pinterest more than men,” says Soraya Darabi, a New York-based digital brand strategist and co-founder of Foodspotting.com. “It has a very feminine script and interface, and the scheme is pink.” Social media platforms are generally built for all, she says, but “how they’re built — what the user interface looks like, and what the community feels like,” plays a tremendous role on how — and who — ultimately uses them.

And the demographics on Pinterest, Darabi says, have thus far been self-perpetuating. “It’s much like immigration … where ethnic minorities often flock to certain cities because there’s a nice community there to welcome them once they arrive.

“Online communities are not dissimilar,” Darabi says. “Pinterest has a very warm and friendly user interface … and once you land on that site for the first time, and you see how that community is predestined to operate, it’s hard not to follow the flock.”

It’s just that warm and friendly aesthetic that has led some men to write Pinterest off as an exclusively female pursuit. Drew Hawkins was one of them — once. A social engagement manager at the marketing agency Engauge, Hawkins once complained to a female co-worker that the site was, well, “Stupid. It’s all girl things,” he told her.

The colleague pointed out that a Pinterest page is what you make it — a user’s boards reflect only those items that a user chooses to pin.

To humor her, Hawkins launched a Pinterest board in October, essentially as a joke, “to pin over-the-top ‘manly’ stuff — lumberjacks, pictures of Chuck Norris and Sean Connery.”

And “The Board of Man” was born. Its express purpose? “To add a few extra y chromosomes to Pinterest. Etsy promos and recipes be darned,” according to the page. The Board of Man now has more than 185,000 followers, pinning images from films like The Big Lebowskialongside whisky bottles, baseball imagery, and more than a few photos of meat.

Hawkins may have jumped into Pinterest on a lark, but he’s now a power user, spending two hours a day or more on the site. And while the board has been his pet project, Hawkins has come to appreciate other uses for the platform, from discovering new websites to planning for his dream home with his wife.

Many men have the misconception, Hawkins says, that Pinterest is populated only by things that women will like. “But it’s OK for men and women to care about the same things,” he says. “Some guys really like to cook. And that’s OK.”

And while Pinterest may continue to resonate primarily with women for now, Darabi notes that it doesn’t have to stay that way. She predicts Pinterest will eventually “want to have a broader landscape of folks using the platform … Should Pinterest really want to lasso in an older demo, a male audience, they may want to feature [uses] on their home page that are geared to those groups in particular.”

Even those who’ve written off the site as overly feminine may soon find a Pinterest-like interface among their favorite sites, Darabi says. Pinterest’s “ability to effectively scale and communicate a lot of content at once, and organize that content very, very efficiently,” means “it’s going to set the mode for how media companies structure their websites going forward.”

And for those still unconvinced … well, there’s always Gentlemint.”

This article originally appeared on NPR.org

From the creative minds at College Humor, we got a good laugh on how this little animated video illustrates the war between the sexes on the internet using Pinterest as the last bastion of normalcy for women, devoid of tube smut for men, and how far women will go to protect it! Enjoy the video! …

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Coleen Singer is a writer, photographer, film editor and all-around geeky gal at Sssh.com, where she often waxes eloquent about sex, porn, sex toys, censorship, the literary and pandering evils of Fifty Shades of Grey and other topics not likely to be found on the Pulitzer Prize shortlist. She is also the editor and curator of EroticScribes.com. When she is not doing all of the above, Singer is an amateur stock-car racer and enjoys modifying vintage 1970s cars for the racetrack. Oh, she also likes porn.

6 comments

  1. Coleen

    Love this one. So true on so many levels!

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