I’m a graphic designer. On a regular basis, I have to search for stock photos for a project I’m working on. You may have already read that women aren’t portrayed very well in a lot of stock photos. Thankfully, there are people who are trying to fix this problem.
But what happens to all the ridiculous stock photos – that already exist – featuring women being objectified or just looking completely confused by everyday objects? Well, I find them. And I laugh or, sometimes, I feel very uncomfortable.
Today I needed a photo of a woman working on a computer. I searched for “woman computer.” Here are some of the top results I got.
“Oh shit, this computer just ate my pants and then buckled my feet together! I’m so stressed out!”
“OM NOM NOM NOM COMPOOTERZ IS YUM.”
“IS THIS HOW I FIX DA COMPUTER?”
“Ooh. So smooth.”
“I have to order some furniture online so I don’t have to use my laptop on this cement floor.”
“My boyfriend has a desk but I just have this gourd.”
“I have fancy headphones, lots of books, a cool sculpture but no furniture to sit upon.” *sad face*
“I was stranded on this desert island but it’s cool because it’s got free Wifiiiiiiiii!”
“I’m typing with my butt right now.”