A developer solicited photos of men’s penises for a project that would allow users to filter out unwanted “dick pics.”
Kelsey Bressler, former chief technology officer for revenge porn activist group Badass Army, solicited the photos from her 7,000 Twitter followers on Thursday.
The filter let one (caged) penis through . Works great on free range penises though!
Testing is off to a great start.
Keep them coming folks, you're making the world a better place.
— K E L S E Y (@raeBress) September 5, 2019
“This is not a joke,” Bressler explained in a tweet. “I am testing a filter that is under development which will automatically detect dick pics in DMs and handle them on behalf of the user (delete, delete&block).”
In the post-#MeToo era, some progressives and feminists have viewed unsolicited dick pics as an issue related to the harassment women face in a patriarchal society.
Bressler clarified that she was only looking for “18+ , consensual, human dicks only please.” She asked Twitter users to send the pics to @showyodiq, an account she’d set up specifically for the purpose.
Later in the day, Bressler shared the promising early results from her tests.
“The filter let one (caged) penis through . Works great on free range penises though!” she tweeted.
I've shut my DMs for now so that we can evaluate results and make some tweaks to the filter. Will let you know when submissions reopen !
— safeDM (@showYoDiq) September 6, 2019
On Friday, the @showyodiq account tweeted that it had received enough photos to move to an evaluation phase.
This wasn’t the first time Bressler, whose Twitter profile announces her pronouns and expresses support for #womenintech and #womenwhocode, has merged tech with woke activism.
Earlier this year, Bressler announced she was selling nude photos of herself to raise money to attend DEF CON, a hacking conference.
See you there maybe pic.twitter.com/qlx7yRBCre
— K E L S E Y (@raeBress) June 5, 2019
“Because I am a woman with a body, everyone had an opinion,” Bressler told Vice in an interview. “Either they thought it was a clever marketing scheme, or they got pissed off at the idea of a woman doing whatever she wants.”
Kelsey Bressler takes on a hot-button issue
The topic of unsolicited dick pics has made frequent appearances in the headlines recently. A recent study that will be published in The Journal of Sex Research found that men who send unsolicited dick pics might be narcissists.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported in late August that a new Texas law would criminalize the sending of unsolicited nude images.