Well, this sure has been a comment filled week here at Woody Boater. Not sure if its Post-ish Covid related frustration, or just that Spring is here. Kinda like having to pee a little, until you get close to a bathroom, and then you really have to go. Either way, it sure has been good for traffic here. but exhausting. But, one of the things we do here is go with the flow of conversation. And last night Briant dropped another comment bomb, and well. It’s worth bringing up. Here is that comment.
An observation and something to think about since many are passing out constructive criticism in these last few days…..(this is not to Matt, but to the group)
Ive noticed that the soft core porn has increased by about 200-300% over the last few months.
If the idea is to have WB a site for old dudes to chat about wood boats and oogle tarts, then full speed ahead.
But if the idea is to gain more enthusiasts to the hobby, a quick way would be to include females….and cancel the sexism….so knock off the porn.
My local car club realized this and made adjustments…..once they got the basic concept that boys AND girls like old cars.
Okay, to be honest here, this is Matt, not the group speaking, writing.. I read this and moaned. I dont have the energy for one more of these this week. I need a hat story. Maybe some boat photos, anything but a debate. And the real question??? Should it even be a debate? Here are my two arguments that rattle around in my brain when I see a comment with an image.
PRO – It’s all a matter of taste. Babes and sex have been a huge part of the speedboat culture. We are not here to try and reinvent it. Yes Chris Craft used wholesome girl next door models. And I believe that is a huge part of Chris Crafts marketing success. Babes or Hunks. With this said, our audience here at WoodyBoater is 85% men. Over 30, and have a mind set that is open and gets humor, sarcasm, and generally is here for about two minutes. Combine that with the openness of our comment section, and what the hell. If you are offended by a cheesy babe bulging out of her Bikini? I am almost positive I can say for all our readers. We are sorry you are offended by the sexist imagery, and just move on. It does add a certain spark to the comment section. Remember, this is the PRO argument. Where is the line drawn?
CON – The images of women in tight costumes, wrapped in Sausage, and other sexist situations in today’s world of enlightenment is offensive. We know better, and the truth is its not just women that are bothered by these images. Some women are okay with it, and some men are offended. The line between ironic images and just porn is a matter of personal taste. I personally am not offended for myself, but I am offended for others? Which is always a slippery slope, since I really don’t know how people see the world. But, and this is the big but. (Insert kim Kardashian Image Here) the diversity of taste in the comments here is part of the fun. And so I ask again, where do we draw the line?
So that’s it, I don’t have an answer, I am sure you do. We all know the most guilty of this. And I know for sure, they are deeply respectful family people. have very strong partners. Would never in a bazillion years intentionally offend anyone. And more importantly, know the humor and sarcasm in it. It’s a fine line to be drawn for sure.
So, now I close my eyes, and wince, and click, PUBLISH! I am gonna leave and go work on my boat, have fun. There is Beer in the fridge, and I just unclogged the toilet.