Commentary: Listen Up, Fellas: Pics of Private Parts? We'll Pass
Heese, Monica, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
A general note for men:
Last weekend, it was revealed that Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., or someone pretending to be Weiner, allegedly sent a photo of his bulging briefs to one of his Twitter followers.
Putting aside the issues of inappropriateness (the recipient was a college student) and accuracy (Weiner has maintained that his Twitter account was hacked in a prank), this fact remains:
Weiner, or someone pretending to be Weiner, apparently assumed that women would enjoy seeing photos of bulging briefs via Twitter.
We polled some women. Really, they would like to see . . .
"I would like a photo of a made bed," says Kathryn Roberts, who works at a law firm in Washington. "I would take rose petals, but I want them on top of a made bed." And not that fake kind of made, either, where the comforter is smooth but the sheets are a jumbled mess.
"Or laundry," adds her friend Andrea Neurohr.
"Folded laundry," elaborates Roberts. "Maybe in a wicker basket."
Over the years, a handful of famous men -- and a boatload full of unfamous, Craigslisty men -- have landed in the news for sending women photos of their artfully framed packages. Brett Favre allegedly had a special delivery for Jenn Sterger, a sideline reporter for the New York Jets. Kanye West allegedly provided some of his female MySpace friends with some extra-friendly pictures. There are entire websites, aimed at men, teaching them the etiquette for public displays of private parts.
Men! Broaden your seduction techniques!
How about you move away from the below-the-waist close-up? How about you try going naked from the waist up? How about a picture of you, sweaty, cleaning out the storm drain? How about a photograph of you gently caressing the yogurt, as you rotate the soon-to-expire food to the front of the refrigerator? So sexy!
"The refrigerator," says Gretchen LeMaistre. "That's a big scenario." LeMaistre is a San Francisco-based photographer who has worked on the "Porn for Women" series, tongue-in-cheek books purporting to tap into women's most intimate pleasure zones. In the yet-unpublished "Porn for Working Women," an attractive man cleans out the office fridge and asks, "Am I the only one who cares if we have a clean breakroom? …