Adam Chapman

Picture Equality

Equality. 

Equality is a word that I’ve been hearing a lot more of in recent years. This could either be due to the fact I’m now apparently an adult and thus care more about how my actions affect those around me or because it’s become a much more acceptable talking point in the media. 

Religious equality, race equality, gender equality, they rest as a striving point for any reasonable human being. As I’m sure avid readers of The Bickering Press will know, I see viewpoints such as racism, sexism or classism as archaic beliefs from a time that we should have moved on from.

Of course, some people may disagree with me but if you’re the one getting concerned because marginalised groups finally have a voice in this world then honestly I think you need to take a long hard look at yourself. 

I don’t feel the aspects of someone’s birth should entitle them to anything, it’s not like we were all waiting up there in the sky choosing the starting point of our lives, we’re all here (in the most part) because two people decided to slam their genitals together at one point in time. 

Now that I’ve left you with an image of your parents going at it, I’m going to hastily move on. 

There’s one form of inequality that I’ve noticed and thus have decided to take action against. 

One of the most common forms of difference between people in society is someone’s sex it’s pretty much a 50/50 split worldwide. I’m not going to go into the furthering discussion on gender in this rant because there are many different views as to the amount of genders out there and what truly classifies gender. No, in this rant I’m sticking to the two sexes of male and female. 

The inequality I’ve seen is how these two types of people interact with each other online. 

Females, for the most part, seem to be a bit more complimentary of each other. You only have to look at social media to see that an average woman’s pictures are normally littered with comments about how amazing they look, hundreds of likes and interactions that as a man I’ve never experienced. 

You see, guys are a bit more…horrible to each other. If someone feels obliged to upload a photo of themselves it’s never normally greeted with such positivity. Indeed, most of the time the comments are a bit more close to the bone, piss-takey, less complimentary. 

At first I thought this may be because of my horrendous face, however, a quick browse through the timelines throws up undeniable evidence. 

To the untrained eye, this could seem like every guy in the world is just a victim of cyberbullying, well into their adult lives. This, however, is how guys interact with each other. 

This is where the strive for equality in this aspect could be seen as unattainable. Lord knows I would be instantly freaked out if a load of my mates kept telling me I was looking good all of a sudden. On the flip side, women would probably start feeling a bit concerned that all of their friends had suddenly started commenting on their flaws. 

Therefore I’m wanting to suggest an experiment, let’s swap the behaviours, just for a week or two and see how the land lies thereafter. I’m not suggesting everyone goes all in straight away, that would be too obvious, it’s going to have to be more subtle than that. 

Slowly people on both extremes of the spectrum of complimentary online behaviour, or SCOB for short, will have to reel it in until a lovely middle ground is reached. At this point confusion, people may start to suspect something is up. It’ll be like teaching the older generation what a Snapchat is or teaching me what the word TOPE means, mass confusion about a world you didn’t know exists. 

This could either end up in a utopian online paradise where everyone is treated equally or if science fiction has taught me anything, a disaster waiting to happen. I guess we won’t know until we try.   

As with many of the plans put forward here at The Bickering Press this may seem extreme but if true equality is to be achieved then we each have to do our part.