It doesn’t take much digging to learn that Reddit has hundreds, if not thousands, of little eighteen-plus sections with not safe for work content galore. And some that are just pictures of pretty women and handsome men, too. For one that fits work safe side of things, just Google search “Reddit Gentleman Boners” and you’ll find pages of beautiful celebrities dressed in formal wear. As you scroll down you’ll realize something slowly, though.
The section features almost exclusively white women and it’s not the only one. Most of the sections that are for posting pictures of beautiful are just like this. And it’s not for lack of trying. When a person of color is posted the comments tend to be racist and, often times, the post itself will receive down votes.
I’ve spoken before about how Reddit puts on this façade to make itself sound like this progressive thinking place for educated sixteen to forty year olds. In reality, Reddit seems to attract people who often hold sexist, racist or just fucked up opinions. These people aren’t a vocal minority as the voting system often shows. Thus, the need for the people of color versions of a lot of sections is explained. People didn’t want to see us there, even though many people find people of all races attractive, it’s frowned upon.
Probably one of the most baffling prejudices that Reddit seems to have a problem with is over weight people. Especially overweight women, if you post as a woman over a certain weight or with a different body type than what’s acceptable you’re going to get talked about. A lot of the comments on weight in many areas aren’t regulated the way someone calling someone a faggot or nigger would be. You’ll find people calling woman disgusting, cows, fat cunts and all manner of other things simply because they bother to show themselves on the internet.
And because of Reddit’s libertarian free speech bullshit (which essentially boils down to one of the main problems with Reddit, hiding behind the idea of free speech when there clearly is a problem with what’s being said, even when the thing being said might be illegal, like posting nudes of a minor) people seem to take the opportunity to blast over weight people. This isn’t just something that happens in certain areas, it happens in a lot of the larger parts of the site. It’s to the point that the only good thing an overweight person can say, even someone slightly overweight, is that they’re working on losing it. That might not even be enough to save them.
Not going to say that I am not going to use the site. The site is very useful, but I believe that the site should be looked at for what it is. This idea that it’s the most relevant place to go to for all things is kind of a sham. A certain kind of person goes to Reddit and uses the popular part of the site (there are many parts that hardly see the light of day) and those kind of people have created a little community of sorts to support their ideals and world views. Reddit has given them the means to support this system via the upvote and comments.
People need to be aware that the way “Reddit” feels only represents that, the way Reddit feels. There are a lot of other opinions out there and some just off the beaten path inside of Reddit itself. It’s important you look for them.