"I didn’t want to draw them in a way that would make them happy," the artist explained to Slate."So I just started doodling how I would imagine them naked… It was the most immature thing I could think of, because their pickup lines are the most juvenile, basic things, but also still oddly offensive."The act of turning the male gaze back on its perpetrators has garnered some interesting responses.Those attempting to navigate the world of online dating know that for every polite and banal pick-up line sent through the ether of digital flirting, there's a raunchy, NSFW chat hanging out in the wings. In her clever public shaming project, she turns unsavory opening lines into nude (and equally NSFW) drawn portraits of the crass men she's encountered on online dating platforms.Phrases like "I can let you play with my tiger" and "your boobs are even nicer than my mom's" are -- rather unfortunately -- fairly commonplace forms of introductions. Paired with screenshots of the original text conversations, she uploads her inspired imagery to Instagram, amounting to a collection of artfully put together PSAs rallying against digital objectification.Update: Some of the original photos posted in this article have been removed from Instagram, likely due to the platform's policy on nudity.From the artist: "Instagram, don't you think there might be a difference between nudity and art?And there's not much a modern dater can do but block the online creeps from continuing their quixotic exchanges. Besides posting the drawings on Instagram, Genser also sends the portraits to the men they're based upon.
It's pretty weird spending your time drawing d*cks on cartoons."Sure, the act of visually defaming menacing trolls is like fighting fire with fire, but Gensler is upfront about her desire to combat harassment through art.
“I’m going to draw you naked if you send me rude messages,” she writes on her Ok Cupid.