Chickipedia: It's where the Chicks are at!

From Frau Sally Benz comes the news of the latest "pedia" creation--Chickipedia!

What is Chickipedia you ask?

According to it's about page:

Chickipedia is the world's largest web-based, women-based, wiki-based database of hot chicks on the planet. It is entirely user generated, making it the first female-only encyclopedia of the people, by the people, and for the people. All you have to do is have access to the internet, log on, go to our "Add New Chick" link, and voila—you can create a new article, or revise an existing one. Just be sure to do so within our guidelines or risk being spanked.

Sounds offensive enough, right? The odd thing is, as Frau Sally notes--it actually turns out that the site isn't that bad:

Then we move to the gray area... The list of assets includes the standard perky breasts, long legs, nice ass. But it also includes some really awesome stuff like "black belt in Tae Kwan Do" (apparently, Evan Rachel Wood kicks ass) and "ability to manipulate the oppressive constraints of gender" (Hilary Swank kicks ass in a completely different way).

Also, the information on the pages I checked out actually seem to not be gross or terribly degrading! I expected to find disgusting sexual innuendos or more vulgarity and grossness, but it seems to actually just have normal information. They have bio info, lists of what the women have been in and who they've worked with, and even give props where it's due.

They also include women who I suppose would not conventionally make hot lists, like Jeanne Tripplehorn, Amy Holmes and Rachel Maddow.

I appreciated that they had a sports section (of which cheer leading was included as 'sports') and also there there seems to be a really strong diversity of women. I think the fact that it is user generated actually allows for space to open up as to what "hot" actually can be; who said that a user had to be a man, right? And who said that the user had to be the white 20-something man that is traditionally catered to at sites like this? It's funny that when "hot women" becomes defined by thousands of users rather than a few smart ass editors trying to sell magazines, suddenly the definition of "hot" becomes a lot less straightforward.

Don't get me wrong--I'm not jumping up and down screaming over a whole website that calls women "chicks" and values "hotness"--but I am intrigued by the idea that what a "hot chick" is traditionally thought of as (young, white, thin, straight) can be challenged through the something as simple as user generated content.

What do you think?

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Thanks for the linky love!

Thanks for the linky love!

I am still trying to wrap my head around this website. I am definitely all about taking a look at how we determine hotness, and the mere fact that women who are not highlighted on other lists get some love on here is pretty cool.

I guess this site is only as sexist as its contributors and readers, however. Perhaps a whole group of us should start adding other powerful, feminist-friendly info on more of the profiles. That might be pretty cool.

Or maybe these people are just sexists who haven't realized yet that there are powerful, feminist-friendly messages on their website.

Although I appreciate

Although I appreciate looking on the bright side of things... I took a look at this website and frankly, it does appear to be the usual "user generated content" aka "young, straight, white men." If you dig around you might be able to find women that aren't what we would view as conventionally 'hot' but you really have to dig. If you are just sifting around the majority of the women are not wearing very much, posed in overtly sexualized positions, and the information provided about the women is minimal at best. Even ignoring all of that (which is quite hard to do) I was appalled at the option to find "Similar Chicks" by breast and ass size.

There is really nothing empowering or exciting about this website, it's just another in a long line of white supremacist, capitalism, patriarchal 'user generated content' sites.

So when can we look forward to 'Dickipedia'?

I for one would be amused to observe and add to a site that features oiled down, sexualized bodies of famous 'hot' men. I would also be sure to add a search for 'similar dicks' by bicep and penis size!
I'm all for fairness so bring on the scantily clad boys to even the playing field and satisfy the female gaze...who's with me? ;)

HAHA! Well, I enjoy

HAHA! Well, I enjoy celebrating hot guys as much as I enjoy celebrating hot ladies, so bring it on.


Yeah Ladies, lets as least make the sexualization equal!

ha, well, I don't think i

ha, well, I don't think i was exactly looking at the bright side of things--I think I was more kinda skimming over all the bad because I was too used to it, and internet geeky fascinated with the idea of user generated content and the potential it could bring.

I mean, there's women of color on that list--something that is almost non-existant in "babe" lists--and there's out queer women--something that is absolutly 100% NOT happening ANYWHERE...

I wasn't by *any* means shouting "liberation" with this site--I was just more intrigued.

And by the way, I don't necessarily have to big of a problem with this site--I am queer, so I like naked/scantily clad women. but also, even if I didn't, they are only posting what has been collected from the internet--so it's not like anything on there is new information--it's just more that all that information is posted in one place.

Which, in and of itself can be very overwhelming. It's hard to accept that sooooo many women have 'made it' or become famous because of the acceptance (or capitulation to, depending on how you look at it) sexualized expectations for women.

but at the same time--I also don't look at the women as victims or as passive in their choices--so I also think, well, if it's going to be there any way, i'm glad that there's the room to play around with that shit, if only marginally.

but just to be absolutly clear, i'm in no way saying "wow, liberation is almost near because of this website!'

I'm just saying that at the very least, it's nice to see women of color and queer women recognized as hot--AND there is marginal potential in the idea that user generated material could challenge the idea of what is hot.

I mean, instead of posting a dickipedia (lol, by the way) what would happen if all the feminists here went and posted pictures of all the women THEY think are hot? it would be like on twitter when all the liberals tag their posts under conservative tags.

It's not going to change the world, but it's an interesting way of messing around with things.

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