I'm sure if you spend any amount of time on the internet you've found yourself in some rather weird and disturbing places.
Depending how hard you look, you can also find websites that actually redefine weird and disturbing and make you wonder how it is possible to share DNA with their creators.
Sometimes, when I'm trying to chase up information and go down one rabbit hole after another, sickeningly drawn on by breadcrumbs of filth and insanity laid down by devious coders, I'll emerge from my study like I've been too long in 'Nam.
Blinking, all I can do as my Commanding Officer asks me where is the rest of the platoon, is whisper "I seen some bad sh**, Sir".
Aaaaaanyhow, something I've noticed has been getting a whole lot more commonplace is those postage stamp advertisements featuring a picture of Miranda Kerr or someone equally famous.
The teaser line? "YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT SHE LOOKED LIKE BEFORE SHE WAS FAMOUS!"
Or else it's some deviant variation and, even though I know it's pure, loathsome link-bait, there's still a part of me that wants to click and look.
The ads, aimed exclusively at men, are inevitably about pleasing women sexually, increasing the size of their spanner or getting ripped, lean and chiselled.
You could triple Visy's market capitalisation with the paper pulp produced discussing the airbrushing of celebs and models on magazine covers.
Obviously, it happens to male celebs and models too, and it's this subtle "correcting" of perfectly natural or benign physical differences that so many people argue has corralled generations of women into hating their bodies.
But what about this?
This isn't photoshopping, it's caricature.
These are the sort of physiques being increasingly peddled as attainable to men on the internet and I sometimes wonder if it's always met with the amusement it prods in me?
I mean NO ONE looks like this - it's some dude's head stuck on a cartoon character's body but if you see these images enough times, in enough different contexts, I can imagine you start to hate your weedy physique.
This is not a new issue.
The sorts of distorted physiques I've included in this post, strike me as a bizarre off-shoot of aesthetics, where men are actually struggling to obtain bodies that actually do not exist outside of Photoshop and pixels.
Women might well say "welcome to our world" but we all know the striving for equality shouldn't mean both sexes hating their bodies equally.
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