Manly Wants To Make Users “More Manly”
A gay dating app getting criticism? Nothing out of the norm here. But what if the app allows you to edit your own photos?
That’s the problem that’s arose after gay dating app Manly was discovered by the internet.
What many people are really upset about is the app’s new editing software. For £4.99, users can alter pictures of themselves to add facial hair, exaggerate body tone, add muscle mass, add tattoos, and more. Then, the app has the nerve to promote this software on Twitter as “the red-hot perfect body editing.”
In fact, possibly the scariest thing is the app’s complete confidence in its product and marketing plan. Through social media, Manly promotes the editing software with pictures of men in before and after pictures as if such editing is perfectly fine.
— ManlyApp (@ManlyApp) January 4, 2018
The red-hot perfect body editing software! Try it for FREE🎉🎉 https://t.co/f6ey589MGl
— ManlyApp (@ManlyApp) February 1, 2018
This is exactly the kind of social media app that gives anxiety to normal-looking girls and robs them their confidence . Screw the perfect body image! Why can’t one be as one is?
— TheEBG (@The_EBG) February 13, 2018
Wtf is wrong with you people? This is just absurdly wrong in so many ways and not helping anyone make a positive difference in this world. Help us take better pictures, but don’t provide tools to increase our insecurities!
— Jonas (@aGuyNamedJonas) February 19, 2018
Denis Hatton, the co-founder of the Be Real Campaign, spoke to the Independent, to say that the app’s editing software can present real problems to the psyches of its users.
“A lot of people think body image struggles only affect women, but we’ve seen an increasing number of men desperately trying to live up to the male beauty ideal.”
“Just when we finally started to see progress with brands becoming more responsible and reducing excessive airbrushing, then along comes an app like Manly.”
“This app and others like it are a massive step backwards in creating a society less focused on appearance and more on who we are.”
We already know that dating apps can spread stigma against groups of gay men and we acknowledge the problems of racism shown through “preferences” and the continual issues with masculinity/femininity. As such, this app’s editing feature can only make things worse.
Not only that, but this app also adds to the problem of catfishing and the already natural difference that people can have in real life and in pictures of themselves.
So, Manly can keep its editing software to itself. We don’t want it.