Pinterest— It’s Sexy and You Know It

27 Feb

There’s a new brand of social media and it’s spreading faster than legs on a Playboy model.

It’s a photo-sharing site that allows users to “pin” images from the Web or personal pictures onto a virtual bulletin board for others to enjoy. It’s called Pinterest, or as I like to call it, Pornterest.

Why, you ask? Because if a sexy headshot of Bradley Cooper, a decadent chocolate cake, and glossy mahogany wood floors isn’t porn for women, than I’m not gazing longingly at my pinboard right now throwing off more heat than the pipes on my grandma’s radiator.

Pinterest is a forum for photos of people, animals, food, clothing, and “anything you love” except for—brace yourselves, men—nudity.  The only breast you’ll see on this site has been roasted to perfection, drizzled with cream sauce and garnished with lemon.

Pinterest brings the world something that’s long overdue—sexy images for women that aren’t spoiled by an ugly penis. And unlike real porn, no one is objectified (unless you think this chicken feels like a manufactured object . . .)

Pinterest is more than a visual corkboard of enticing entrees and dazzling desserts, it’s a 24-hour smorgasbord that allows users to categorize their photos to plan parties, redecorate their homes, transform their wardrobes, and organize recipes. This might explain why Pinterest’s 11 million plus users are reportedly 97 percent female and the other three percent watch Glee.

I decided to find out for myself what all the fuss was about, so I visited Pinterest.com. I discovered that to enter the site I had to be a member. I didn’t know what surprised me more, that a simple site with nothing but photos was exclusive, or that I didn’t have more clout as a lifetime member of Hadassah.

To sign up for membership I entered my email address and immediately received an email back telling me I’d been wait-listed. Unfortunately, this triggered bad memories of the only other time in my life I’d been wait-listed, when I applied to community college . . .

How long would I have to wait? I hoped not long.  I wanted to see the site in its full 32- category glory, before images of Jeremy Lin overran the site.

Days went by and I became increasingly impatient. I wanted what everyone else was getting from Pinterest—the triple layer chocolate cake, the buns of steel, and the hot prom date.  In other words, the lure of hope for something we want, but can’t have, and the false promise of something we can.

I learned on a random scrapbooking website that a person can be accepted to Pinterest by invitation from a Pinterest member.  A comment thread of desperate people asking if members would invite them followed the information. “Oooh pick me, pick me!” I refused to resort to such measures, especially when I had already placed an ad for Pinterest membership on Craigslist. . .

After four days of pacing the floor I was finally accepted. I could have read my teenage daughter’s entire history of text messages in less time.

“Ben and the Pinterest Team” sent me a personalized form letter welcoming me to Pinterest:  “Hi Lisa, You are the newest member of Pinterest, a community to share collections of things you love . . . As one of the first members of Pinterest, your pins will set the tone for the whole community.”

I wrote back, “Ben, you can count on me to set the tone, the same way I’ll be able to count on my new Pinterest friends to pick me up at the airport!”

Ben urged me to be passionate and thoughtful, so I posted some creative images of myself doing yoga, with George Clooney photoshopped in. He shot me an email back reminding me not to use nudity.

I tried again, this time taking a more practical approach. I used Pinterest to help me organize my birth control devices (a mouth guard, granny panties, and a Snuggie), remind my husband what gets me hot (tequila shots, organ jewelry, and him taking out the garbage), and share with the world my favorite desserts (cupcakes, ice cream sundaes and of course, George Clooney).

But aside from Pinterest organizing my contraception, charging my engine, displaying desserts I shouldn’t eat, and a lot of people repinning my granny panties, I really didn’t see the point of Pinterest. How many cupcakes can a girl look at and not touch?

Pinterest may feed our fantasy for eating, drinking, shopping and sex, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the reality show that is my life. The way I see it, my life may not be perfect, but unlike the images posted on the virtual corkboard, it’s real, and I prefer to keep it that way.

I don’t want to turn to a computer screen for foreplay. I prefer to turn to my actual husband after he’s taken out the garbage.

Don’t tell Ben, but I think I’m losing Pinterest. I want to have my cake and eat it too.

How about you?

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41 Responses to “Pinterest— It’s Sexy and You Know It”

  1. Jen and Tonic February 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Your “My Birth Control” board is hilarious! The middle picture really says it all…

    I am a full on Pinterest addict. I love just scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. It really is such a bad habit.

    • Main Street Musings Blog February 28, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      The b.c. is effective and there’s no side effects! And good for you. Admitting your addiction is an important first step. JK. Have fun with it!

  2. Rob Rubin February 28, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    My wife is part of the “exclusive” club. Ironically, she got her invite from a scrapbook club. As a guy, I had no interest in Pinterest (whoa that rhymes), but after seeing a chicken with tanlines I may need to reconsider.

  3. Susan H. Greenberg February 28, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    I have been dabbling in Pinterest myself, and can’t quite figure out WHY. I’ve decided I must need one more stop in the long line of procrastination devices designed to keep me from ever actually doing any work: (in this order) three email accounts, FB, Words With Friends, my blog, Twitter, New York Times, bank balance, Scramble with Friends, Pinterest. Write a sentence or grade a paper. And then start the cycle over again…

  4. crubin February 28, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    Hmmm, not sure I’ll jump on this bandwagon. But I do like your birth control. No need for a doctor’s prescription for those man-repellent items!

  5. Life in the Boomer Lane February 28, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    I just sent the birth control and sex chicken out to a friend. Hilarious. Now I want to photoshop myself with George Clooney.

  6. Paprika Furstenburg February 28, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Clearly, I’m way outside the loop because I’ve never heard of Pintrest and yet I’ve managed to lead a happy and fulfilled life with the 3D objects around me.

    • Main Street Musings Blog February 28, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      I’m glad to know you lead a happy and fulfilled 3D life! I too prefer a material world. But that’s immaterial. . .

  7. Huffygirl February 28, 2012 at 1:51 am #

    I just heard about Pintrest and have not been able to figure it out. I guess because I didn’t try to join.

    Wait listed? Really? I’m speechless. Were they doing your background check?

    • Main Street Musings Blog February 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      It made me wonder the same thing. But if they’d done a background check, I not only wouldn’t have been accepted, I’d probably have been institutionalized.

      • Huffygirl February 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

        Hmmm. Apparently there is a lot more you could be writing about that we don’t know yet 🙂

  8. earthriderjudyberman February 28, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    I’m with you.Groucho Marx once said that he wouldn’t join any club that would have him as a member. Wait listed? Please. Enjoyed your blog, made me laugh.

  9. nursemommylaughs February 28, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    Love the birth control page! Too funny, Lisa.

  10. sportsattitudes February 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    “…before images of Jeremy Lin overran the site.” God, can I identify with that. Linsanity is stretching my sporting sanity. Clooney, Yoga, Nudity, Isn’t that the Holy Trinity? For some guys as well I’m sure…”not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Pin this post as perfect!

  11. Main Street Musings Blog February 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    “Clooney, Yoga, Nudity, Isn’t that the Holy Trinity?” LOL!

  12. Lisa L February 29, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    OMG, you crack me up!
    Maybe because I am unmarried and have no kids…for now, I still have room for my Pornterest?
    I pity the pinner …

    • Main Street Musings Blog February 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      You’re entitled. You’re awesome and you have a beautiful pinboard. It’s sparkly like you 🙂

  13. The Good Greatsby.com March 1, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Thanks for doing all the Pinterest research I’ve been procrastinating.

    • Main Street Musings Blog March 1, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      I like to do the research for my readers so they have more free time to do other things like admire bikini chickens.

  14. Vladimir March 1, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Nice angle to the topic. Also, twelve points to the chicken. 🙂

  15. Main Street Musings Blog March 1, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Bikini chicken and I thank you.

  16. thelaughingmom March 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    I don’t know why Pinterest is so exclusive. Maybe they don’t have the bandwidth to manage everyone. I just figured how to use it and I like it. I’m a magazine whore so the photos and pithy captions are right up my alley. You must remain a member and post your funny boards. Pinterest needs a little humor.

    • Main Street Musings Blog March 5, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      My jeans don’t have sufficient bandwidth either, but I don’t put anyone off! 🙂 You’re right, Pinterest is like flipping magazine pages, I hadn’t thought of it that way. I hope more people will create their boards MAD style!

  17. Sherry Stanfa-Stanley March 5, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    I have Zilchinterest in Pinterest, unless it means that George Clooney will magically appear here, in my bedroom, tonight. Thanks for the confirmation.

  18. Audubon Ron March 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Ugly penis!?

    Take that back!

  19. izziedarling March 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Ok, you are hilarious. And … I read an article that said Pininterest makes $ when people post something they’ve bought/love and someone else clicks on it … hmmm … think I’ll let that invitation sit awhile. Great post.

    • Main Street Musings Blog March 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Wow, thanks izzie, you really are a darling! And that’s some interesting inside info on Pinterest!

  20. writerwendyreid March 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    You. Are. Hilarious.

    You’ve not got a new follower.

    And saved someone else from joining Pintrest. 🙂

  21. Barbara Younger March 20, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Love the birth control products! “My throat feels a little scratchy tonight” or “My stomach is just a tad queasy” seem to work too.

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