Ralf Mardorf wrote:
No, of course not. But sexism is real, and we live in a world where sexuality is used as a tool and weapon against women. The projection of images of male sexual fantasy in every situation and scenario, whether relevant or not, is a mechanism which serves to disempower women.
In the case of wallpaper for a desktop, the choice is not whether to show a sexy woman or a woman in a burka. There's no requirement to have images of people at all!
I have a female relative who is a somewhat prominent electronic musician and has maintained a "professional identity" as a male, since the bias against and stereotyping of "lady DJs" is so prominent. This is more of a political statement than an actual attempt at deception since she doesn't really hide her gender beyond her stage name. Talk to women in music about how they are treated, and the ways in which they are sexualized and stereotyped by club owners, other musicians, music store employees (a whole topic of its own!), even fans. It is ugly.
So it's not just the details of this one image, which is itself rather tamer than a Victoria's Secret billboard. This is a deep and serious subject! Best just to avoid the argument by not bringing sexualized images in unless you are purposefully making something sexy. I don't think falktx was trying to make something sexy.
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