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Your Face or Mine?

by crpitt (writer), Liverpool, United Kingdom , November 19, 2009

Credit: My Computer, via my brain - Claire Pitt
Deceptive Avatars

Hang on a minute! You are a dude?

How much time did you spend looking for your avatar/profile picture? Was it a quick whizz through your picture file, grabbing the first half decent thing? Or for those that go anonymous, did you pick something that represented at least one element of your personality? There is a whole feast of perfectly understandable reasons, of why you would pick a certain image as your visual representation in this online world. The only one that makes me ponder is why do some men pick a sexy female as their profile picture of choice?

Some possible reasons:

1. Make Money bloggers - they just want you to click on their face, visit their website and make them some money.

2. A teenager - One of the male variety (usually), their latest fantasy material.

3. An unsocial looking chap, sat at home in his underpants, maybe touching himself inappropriately as he lures poor unsuspecting fools in.

Can you think of any other reasons why they would pick a hot female profile picture, if they were not actually a hot female?

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By TonyBerkman on November 19, 2009 at 09:12 pm

This was a really interesting way to frame the issue over avatar selection. 

If I were to guess, based on BC bloggers, I think the majority of maile bloggers who select a sexy female image is that their goal is to get increased attention,   increased click throughs and make more money.    It's highly disingenuous and seems to rise the level of fraud.   If I am incorrect and a large percentage select their avatar based on crushes then I'd be more inclined to understand though iit still srikes me as odd, why you'd want to repesent yourself as the person you fantasize about. 

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By Theresa H Hall on November 19, 2009 at 09:18 pm

I'm inclined to agree with Tony and believe me, he;s seen most of them.

Very valid question and it may have crossed my mind a few times too. 

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By TonyBerkman on November 19, 2009 at 09:56 pm

Each time I find one and its clear that they are a guy I remove their avatar.  I suppose I took a narrow perspective as there could be other reasons.   Are any of them legit?

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By Guillermo F. on November 20, 2009 at 12:19 am

Over self consciousness is sometimes annoying!  You can get a Motorola Clutch for less than $70 and many phones FREE with a 2 year plan and activation.  There's also a host of flat screen TV sets for dirt cheap, like a Dynex 40" 1080p LCD for $700.  Granted, that's more than most payday loans, but there are a lot of spectacular deals for <a href=" ">Best Buy Black Friday</a>.


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By Enrico on November 20, 2009 at 03:57 am

very interesting write-up..I've never thought of writing something like this before..

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By Lady D on November 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

I have never thought of that, my eyes are open.

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By crpitt on November 20, 2009 at 03:18 pm

Hey Guys,

BC (BlogCatalog) is a breeding ground for large breasted ladies, that are in fact men. They are also almost always money making splogs (spam blogs).

so far only one person has said another reason:

I have a friend who plays computer games, his avatar is female - he says he might as well pick something he enjoys looking at!

For those that use twitter, there is the cursed 'Britney' bot, she wants to do very nasty things to you, along with her thousands of babe123 cousins. Almost like an army of Austion powers inspired fembots.


@guilly up there should have gone the whole hog and got his boobs out :)


@Enrico I am glad I inspired you? did I?


@Lady D- I seem to have a knack of spotting weird social networking things :)


@Bill - You are not a sexy lady? Damn! Anyhoo it is a very fetching eye :) There is no such thing as too much coffee.





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By manny osborne on November 20, 2009 at 08:00 pm

I'm old fashion no pictures of me in the web, but I have seen pictures in pornsites then you find the same pix in peoples profiles.

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By Casandra Kennedy on November 21, 2009 at 02:08 am

I know many scammers use pretty female photos to lure men into giving them money on various sites. A lady up here was arrested for that not too long ago. Whatever their reasons, I wish they would stop because when people become skeptical and assume any half decent female avatar is a man, it makes those of us who are in fact half decent looking females be thrown into the hotseat of proving our gender.

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By crpitt on November 21, 2009 at 07:37 am

@Manny, not that old fashioned, unless the visiting the porn sites was for 'research' :)

@Cassandra, It is a no win situtaion for half decent looking people like yourself, you either get accusations that you are packing more than heat or you get the green eyed monster reaction. All because you weren't beaten with the ugly stick :)

What is even more funny, is when the 'sexy females/dude' avatars start hitting on you and then wonder why you tell them to take a long walk off a short pier.

I like the fact that @Tony removes all suspicious large breasted ladies from the sites that he has control of. Although this post has mainly been written in jest, like Cassandra points out, there are incidents where people get scammed and that is simply not on.

@Bill, you are shattering my 'there is no such thing as too much coffee' illusions, with all this twitching.




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By nothingprofound on November 21, 2009 at 08:45 am

I used to be a big-breasted male at 25 when I was an avid bodybuilder.  But I thought a picture of myself at that age would be too distracting and alluring to serious-minded bloggeres, male and female, so I chose Walt Whitman instead..

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By manny osborne on November 21, 2009 at 11:27 am

it was actually a "research" Crpitt,  there is to many websites running scams, I never wrote the article and I lost all my info, but are the sex dates websites like milfsexdates, ashleymadison there is to many I don't remember right now, but yea is a big scam.

good article. 

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By crpitt on November 24, 2009 at 01:00 pm

@NP I think it was a very wise move... :)

@Manny I consider myself chastised, sorry if I besmirched your character and thank you for reading, much obliged.

@Bill, What time is that in GMT? I could find out myself I suppose..

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By manny osborne on November 29, 2009 at 01:35 pm

well I do not if we can write the "P" word anymore ?

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By crpitt on November 29, 2009 at 06:50 pm

@Bill Probably my first coffee of the day at 11am, I always start the day with a cup of tea (Yorksire Tea)

@Manny The word has not been outlawed yet, hopefully it wont be.

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By crpitt on November 30, 2009 at 11:16 am

Well I don't know who that is, so if you switcharoo your pic I will never know the truth :)

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By Caballero_69 on July 01, 2011 at 03:35 pm


I am a guy. I picked my avatar to represent my concept of myself as a writer. I try to champion a perspective concerning the past, present, and future of the American Republic. Thus I picked the image of a knight and since I have an Irish heritage, it is an Emerald Knight.

I never thought of using a hot female picture to encourage clicks. After people clicked on such an image if I used one, they would rapidly realize no hot chick is doing the writing. So it is just as well the idea never occurred to me.

Interesting question and article!


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