Reddit user Pyyio posted a brilliant illustration of the difference between the way Redditors treat men and women. This is something that seems obvious to those of us who have been on the site for a long time and have seen the ridiculously fallacious graphic that gets posted to any woman who dares include her face in a photo (see featured image), but this example should clearly spell out the problem for those who are unfamiliar with the social network.
Nine months ago, a man posted this otherwise unremarkable photo of himself to the r/pics subreddit with the headline “This is me the being dope sick [sic] when i quit heroin. 6 months and counting of being clean“. It got 1450 total upvotes. The top 5 comments, in order (not counting one comment from the OP):
Congratulations man. Thats no easy feat. Heroin has taken many a life. Good to see somone beat it
(380 total upvotes)
“6 months and counting of being clean Datestamp 3/16/11″ Was there a relapse in there?
(268 total upvotes)
I know that look.
I’ve made it myself.
When everything hurts all at once, you can’t tell if you’re burning hot or freezing cold and every fibre of your being is shouting at you to stop being a fuckhead and feed it what it thinks it needs…
stay strong, my man. if I can do it, you can do it.
clean for a little over 20 years, now. a great job, lovely house, two beautiful boys and a superhero for a wife.
it was worth every agonising second to come out on top and rebuild my life.
I am consumed with respect and admiration for you.
(227 total upvotes)
Awesome job! I have 4.5 months clean.
Just remember: that’s the last time you have to be dopesick. Ever.
(106 total upvotes)
I don’t know you, but I love you for staying clean. It gives me hope for my brother.
(75 total upvotes)
Three days ago, a woman posted this otherwise unremarkable photo of herself to the r/pics subreddit with the headline “Been clean from heroin for 2 months and this is me today“. It got 608 total points. The top 5 comments, in order:
I’ve never done heroin, here is a picture of a pair of old shoes. [links to a random photo of shoes]
(2077 total upvotes)
Reddit just upvoted some girl’s mirror shot to the front page
Holy fuck, guys
(1785 total upvotes)
I’ve been clean from heroin for 24 years, nobody upvotes my mirror pics.
(1282 total upvotes)
I don’t get it. This is just a picture of a person. What is interesting about this picture?
(405 total upvotes)
9 outta 10 would bang. With protection.
(210 total upvotes)
To recap, men’s stories are valued and their struggles are supported. Women’s stories are worthless and are derided. Men overcome. Women are fucked. Men are brave. Women are attention whores. Here they are side by side for your comparison: