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    Madeleine Holden

    Critique My Dick Pic

    Did you know there’s a tumblr that critiques dick picks? Up until recently, dick picks have floated in their own sphere of photography where composition, lighting, gesture, and background supposedly have no bearing on the quality of the photo. Critique My Dick Pick is trying to change that. What seemed at first to be a short-lived sensation has become a treasured staple in our Internet diet. We talked to Madeleine Holden about what inspired her to become a selfie critic and what she hopes the project will accomplish.

    Before starting this blog, what was your relationship to dick pics?

    Like many women, I had an uneasy relationship with dick pics because they were always thrust at me unsolicited by strangers on the Internet. There’s a culture of non-consent and size obsession that surrounds the sharing of dick pics, and that’s probably the main reason that plenty of women can’t stand them. 

    What’s the story behind Critique My Dick Pic?

    I started Critique My Dick Pic because I received a really good dick pic one morning last September. It was subtle, sexy and not unsolicited, and it jarred me to feel fondly towards a dick pic. I tweeted about it and started a discussion among my friends about the potential for dick pics to be so much hotter, and that afternoon I started the Tumblr, as a half-joke. Within a day it had been picked up by Jezebel and it snowballed in popularity from there.

    How many photos do you receive?

    I occasionally have to remove the submissions email address from the site because I get to the point where I am drowning in dick pics. I receive an average of maybe 50 per day, which can really build up if a go a day or two without checking the account. 

    Your comments remind me of group art critiques with my college art or photography classes. You seem sensitive and generous in your interpretations, but honest and direct in your judgments. What makes for a good dick pic?

    Thanks – I wanted to make sure Critique My Dick Pic wasn’t a snarky, negative project, which is why I have such a rigid policy against size-shaming and body-shaming of any kind. I repeat a few key tips often: include your hands in your dick pic. Don’t take a Log. Put more than three seconds of thought into the lighting, framing, and pose. Don’t have a visible pile of dirty laundry or vase of dead flowers visible in the background. Be receptive to other people’s wants. 

    You take a stance against body shaming, and review dick pics from trans men and other queer pics. Do you do any special thinking about that outside of the solicitation and critique?

    From a feminist perspective, it’s really important to me not to body shame, because even though men are the primary beneficiaries of my stance against body shaming on Critique My Dick Pic, women suffer the most in a culture of endless scrutiny and negativity about bodies. That’s a key reason that I want to help work towards eradicating those attitudes; being against body shaming informs how I conduct myself in all areas, not just on the site.

    As for reviewing trans and other queer dick pics, as well as making a special effort to solicit pictures of dicks of color, immediately after starting the blog I realized that if I didn’t actively solicit pictures from those groups, the submissions would veer towards a huge overrepresentation of cis white cocks. In pretty much every sphere of life, the voices and works of cis white men are given disproportionate weight, space and time. It’s so boring and limiting. I wanted to make sure that Critique My Dick Pic avoided falling into that trap as much as possible; I wanted to carve out a space for other dick-havers to feel included, welcome and seen.

    Do you have any broader intentions with this blog?

    I’d like for women to be more vocal critics of erotic material. So much porn is created for the male gaze and there are still these boring, persistent, “Women Are From Venus” ideas that women simply “aren’t visual” or “aren’t as into sex” when the reality is that we absolutely are, but our desires are being ignored. I want to encourage and normalize the female gaze. I want to chip away at our body-shaming culture. And I want to rid the world of dull, artless dick pics.

    What do you do when you’re not critiquing dick pics?

    If I’m not critiquing dick pics I’m thinking about dicks as little as possible. On a good day I’m usually scouring the Internet for rap music, reading about feminism and eating fruit.


    Follow Madeleine Holden on Twitter @moscaddie. If you like her blog, consider supporting her work by donating.

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