Brown University Students Empowering Themselves Through Pornography
From the Brown Daily Herald:
BrownBares is a "subreddit" of reddit.com, a site that allows users to submit photos and comment on others' submissions under self-created usernames. While certainly not the only site of its kind, BrownBares is one of the only "not suitable for work" subreddits exclusive to a university.
With approximately 1,000 to 2,000 unique hits every day, dozens of users and nearly 300 subscribers, "the place in which Brown bares all" has occupied a unique niche in Brown's culture of sexual positivity.
Users submit photographs of themselves alone or with others, nude or semi-nude, artistic or pornographic, taken in the privacy of their bedrooms or in public places on campus.
But some of the site's users are concerned about the amount of more obviously pornographic content as opposed to more artistic photographs. Samantha Cheung '14 has never posted to the site but has frequented it with friends.
"When I go on it, I'm not looking for sexual gratification," she said. "I'm bored, and I just want to be entertained."
Cheung was disappointed to see "mostly [genital] pics" rather than artistic or entertaining photos, she said, but she added that the "exhibitionist photos were cool."
John — "Salomon guy" — expressed concern about users becoming "creepy."
"When the site first started, it was really positive," he said, "and over winter break it kind of degraded."
"It's gotten to a point where it's like Craigslist," he added, noting that some users try to solicit "hooking up" with other members of the site instead of posting in an artistic or tasteful manner.
Some users have even reported being blackmailed and having to delete their photos for fear of having their identities revealed, he said.