When you really liked us
It’s that time of year when lists seem to be appropriate. Looking back over the past year, we can see some definite and unsurprising trends. For instance, anything with the word “nipple” in the title did well. We’re guessing search engines might have had something to do with that. However, the articles you like the most defied those trends and rather caught us by surprise. That might be something for us to think about over the coming year. Making people made generates a lot of hits.
We’ve sorted through all the stats and figured out which articles fall where. In a way, this list is inherently skewed. The articles with the highest numbers have had longer to be picked up by search engines. As a result, popular articles from the past three months don’t rank as high. Still, this is a pretty interesting list. Take some the look back if you can.
The pictures had been in existence for years and no one said much about them until the model’s husband suddenly became the Republican nominee for president of the United States. Suddenly, her pictures were everywhere and the nude shaming came by the bucket load. We may not agree with her husband on any level, but this is a perfect shaming of why nude shaming is never appropriate. If anything, the fact that the soon-to-be First Lady has posed nude is the one positive example we would want to encourage. Take a look.
Just prior to Father’s Day, I considered the possibility that if the Tipster continues along the path of being the spitting image of her mother then sooner or later she’s likely to pose nude. The article has drawn a lot of interest over there year, appearing frequently in search engine results. I can understand why. For many dads, this is a subject with which they are not comfortable. Personally, I worry less about her taking nude photos and more about how they might be treated in an uncertain future. Read the full article here.
Body shaming got too specific when Instagram censored a photo of model Irina Shayk because the slightest hint of a nipple was visible in the shadows. Of course, we all know Instagram operates on 13th-century morality in the 21st century and still, somehow, manages to be popular. Rita Ora took some flack for appearing topless as well. Of all the problems 2016 has, body shaming really shouldn’t be one of them, but it is. The article, with both Irina’s and Rita’s photos, is here.
The term “plus size” provoked some angry comments from Amy Schumer back in April and all of a sudden everyone was talking about fashion’s sizing system. Yes, the system is confusing and the way we talk about it unnecessarily shames a lot of people. We understand why people get so very upset. So, we suggested a new system. The article drew a fair amount of attention, but we haven’t noticed anyone actually changing anything. Yet. See our suggestions here.
This article used pictures to say everything we needed to say. British Vogue asked the question: “Where has all the cleavage gone.” and we couldn’t help answering. I’m guessing the word “cleavage” caught a lot of attention because the November article quickly soared to the 11th most popular article for the year. This may prove that pictures are sometimes more valuable than words. Take a look for yourself.
10. Runway Looks We Dare You To Wear
Surprised by the amount of sheer fabric we saw in New York Fashion Week, we asked you whether you might consider wearing the styles we saw on the runways. The article received a lot of attention, but we never did get enough response to form an actual scientific response. Of the responses we did get, only a couple of people said they’d wear the most daring of ensembles. Maybe we’re not as fashion forward as we want to think. See for yourself.
If anything, I’m surprised this one didn’t rank a little higher. Everyone seems to like the idea of going topless. Everyone seems to like the concept of body equality. And by “everyone” I mean Kat and I. Keeping the poll limited to known qualities ensures we get the result we want. Still, body equality is a topic many people feel quite strongly about and we support those efforts. However, when it comes to running around naked in December, uhm, no thank you. We enjoy our sweaters too much. You’ll find the article here.
Are we surprised this one came in so high? No, in fact, you’ll notice a definite trend. We mention nipples and you can’t seem to help but look. I’m trying to figure out a way to include the word in every article we post next year. What we’re actually talking about, though, is gender equality and the #FreeTheNipple campaign. What’s worth noting, though, is that we’ve only mentioned it when the topic came up in the news. So, the fascination with nipples isn’t just one we’re making up. It’s a national obsession. Take a peek for yourself.
Oh yeah, this one struck a nerve. We know a lot of young mothers and this is an especially hot topic for those who have just had or are about to have their first. It wasn’t a topic I was especially eager to get into, but after a seeing the absolute insanity a few too many times I couldn’t very well resist. People who don’t vaccinate their children are not only stupid, but they put everyone else’s children at risk as well. You have a right to be stupid with your own brats, but don’t you dare threaten mine. Our argument is here.
I have to wonder if the title of the article is the reason people clicked on this one so many times. We’re talking about the obsession that generation younger than millennials has with putting everything on Instagram. Something in my gut tells me there was an expectation for more pictures like the one above the headline. My apologies if we disappointed a few people along the way. Still, it is a very important conversation, especially if one has teenagers in the house who can’t put down their damn phone. See for yourself.
We hadn’t had the dog all that long so we didn’t know just how severe his problem is with bicycles. He hates them. The first time he slipped his collar to chase one nearly killed me. Still sore and having trouble getting around the next day, it was easier to just slip you some nudes than actually write a full article. This was also the day we decided to put a fence around the yard. Passing bicycles are safe now. You can read about the adventure here.
Killing Kittens doesn’t sound like a very welcoming group, doesn’t it? Yet, what got our attention, and a lot of others, is that what the group actually does is host very exclusive sex parties. The London-based group extended its frivolities to the US this year, claiming that membership was very exclusive. We couldn’t resist a challenge like that. We applied for membership fully expecting to be turned down. We weren’t. We’ve yet to actually attend a party, but who knows, maybe this will be the year. You’ve got to check this out.
We’ve taken this approach to multiple articles over the year, but this is the one that received the most attention. In our archives, there are still several hundred nudes that no one has ever seen. Some of them don’t need to be seen. Others, though, are still waiting for their turn. Perhaps we’ll get to them this next year. The popularity of this article tells us that, more often than not, you’d really rather just look at the pictures than be bothered with words. Here they are, in case you missed them.
While body shaming is certainly a popular topic, when we hit on class shaming and I posted pictures from my 30th high school reunion, you really noticed. At first, I thought the numbers might be skewed because of the number of classmates who were interested in the photos. But then the numbers largely exceeded the number of classmates. We’re going to really be watching this topic over the next year, given the fact that almost the entire incoming administration is made of billionaires. We may not be done with this topic. Check out our rant here.
Talk about being caught by surprise. This article has had three times as many views as its closest competitor and not because I’m a fantastic food writer or the pictures were astonishing on any level. Neither of those statements would be true. Rather, the reason this article drew so much attention was because I pissed people off. The foodies in town took great exception to what they considered a giant diss on my part. That wasn’t our intention at all, but that was the way it was taken. Our stats for the entire year are skewed because of this one article. I’ve tried repeating that same level of offense since then with other topics and gotten nowhere. I’ve not taken up Ed Rudisell on his invitation to dine at any of his restaurants, either. I really should do that. If I were a foodie, I would have by now. I’m still not a foodie in a city that is. The article, with updates and clarifications, is here.