The Instagram Comment Paradox

*what you are about to read, do not try this at home

There’s one thing that is totally weird to me. I just don’t understand it. It’s the biggest double standard known to mankind . . . and no, I am not exaggerating. If a girl does it, it’s perfectly okay. Actually, I’ll go further! It’s more than okay, it’s actually encouraged. It’s so encouraged to the point that if a girl doesn’t do it, it’s probably wrong. On the other hand, if a guy tries it, he’s the devil. If he even thinks about it, he’s labeled by society as a “thirsty pervert”. I’m being vague again. If you haven’t realized by now, it’s just my style of writing. Starting out vague and then being specific. But what on earth am I talking about? This scenario can apply to a whole array of things, right? You probably see it all the time, but you don’t think twice about it, it’s just that okay in our world.

Let me set the scene. Pretend you’re me, you’re Haseeb for a second. Lucky you. You’re one of the greatest humans to ever walk this earth. Congratulations! Remember, you’re a boy. Just pretend to be one, if you already aren’t. If you’re already a boy, pretend to be a man. You open up the Instagram app on your phone. ASTAGHFIRULLAH! Leena Sayed and Taz’s Angels are looking great. Masha Allah. You nod your head in appreciation as you scroll down to the next picture. Okay, you see a few pictures of quotes and shit. You scroll even further down. A picture of one of your “boys” falls into your gaze. It’s a picture of him standing in front of his car. The comments in his picture seem legit. You read that some of them say “nice bro”; “digging the whip”; “asshole”. You also notice one comment by a girl saying “cool car”. You feel that it’s a dry comment, but whatever. Fair enough, you would expect to see comments like that. That’s just the type of comments that a picture of that nature warrants. You nod your head in agreement and scroll down even further.

Now things get interesting. You see a friend of yours, who is also a human being of the opposite gender, also known as a female. You are friends with her, but just that … “friends”. It’s one of those pictures that society calls a “selfie”. COOL. It’s actually not that impressive. It’s just a picture of her sitting in the driver seat of her Honda Civic with a camera pointed at her face. There is one interesting thing about this picture. It is consumed in a light. This is not the type of light that they call a “noor”. You know what a noor is… that light you get on your face when you pray a lot, or something. I never had one, so I can’t explain it too much. The light on this girl’s face is a light of a source called the “sun”. It is clear to you that she went out of her way to find a spot where the sun would hit her face in such a way to allow a photo to be taken with perfection. As a matter of fact, you can’t point out a SINGLE blemish on her face. Further, you can’t even point out where her nose is. Her nose just does not exist on that picture. Ok, enough about the picture. That’s not what this post is about. Rather, this post is about the comments. You scroll down beneath the picture to see what people have to say about it. You see that her caption says “all-natural”, you know that this is so far from the truth, but you are able to look past that and forgive her for it. The single most interesting thing about this picture is the comments. A total of 112 likes and 15 comments. You open the expanded view of the comments section and notice something interesting. All girls. All saying THE SAME EXACT THING USING DIFFERENT WORDS AND DIFFERENT EMOJIS. “SOOO GORGEOUS”; “MARRY ME”; “LOVE”; “SO HOT”; “MY GF”. You think to yourself: “why is it okay that girls are saying this?” So, you decide to conduct a social experiment. You decide to join those 15 girls who commented. You decide to comment something similar to the above comments. The reaction people have to the comment that you just posted is beyond anything that you could have ever fathomed.

Congrats! You are now a perverted, deviant, weirdo, degenerate, lowlife freak. How could you have posted that on her picture? Do you not know that society functions on such a double standard? I mean, it only makes sense for society to function this way. In a world where we shun gay people. It’s perfectly fine for girls to comment homosexual comments on another girl’s picture. But when a guy does it, even in much lesser of a form than that of the homosexual variety, he is a demon stalker.

I’m not writing this post in an attempt to alter the status quo. In fact, I think that it should stay the way it is. The purpose of this post was to point out the entertaining comments that girls get on their pictures and the fact that if a guy had posted the same type of comment, he would face the repercussions of a horrible label. Society accepts homosexuality when it wants to and accepts heterosexuality when it wants to. The situation just has to be fitting. Well, I don’t know what the point I’m trying to make is anymore. It’s just funny to me, that’s all.


The Instagram Comment Paradox

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