Fair warning: This post is actually about bathrooms. That’s how we can post two Pinterest-related blogs on sequential days. Not a fan of bathrooms or the fact that you clicked on this post under false pretenses? Well, hopefully there’s still enough Pinterest-related material to keep you from going to actual Pinterest.
Still with me? Good.
I became aware of Pinterest sometime in 2011. At what time in 2011, I don’t know. After my first perusal, I quickly gave up any notion that it might be useful to me and left it for other Interneting. This wasn’t because I didn’t see the value in a shareable bulletin board network. In fact, I noted its usefulness in my diary (please note that when I write a diary, I mean the stacks of yellow notepads currently in disarray on my desk). No, I left with the assumption of never returning because, well… Pinterest is, quite bluntly, for girls.
Yes, I know there are plenty of man-related feeds on Pinterest, and I can see it eventually making it’s way into the daily lives of men. But the truth is, for now, it’s predominately driven by women. Google Ad Planner has the site’s demographics on the over side of 80% women, for stats sake. Yes, even Internet scientists agree.
And that’s where it’s usefulness as a guy went full circle on me. As your calendar is aware, Valentine’s Day approaches. Well, it recently dawned on me that I could get some great present ideas for my lovely wife on a female driven bulletin board website. Our vows include that we get each other shoes for Valentine’s Day each year so I knew exactly what to search for. I hit Pinterest, typed “shoes” into the search bar, and sat back in the chair while my jaw dropped at the amount of useful photos and comments I came across. In other words, if Mel Gibson ever really wanted to know “What Women Want,” he should definitely hit Pinterest first (also he should try being less racist, but that’s a whole different story). The good news is I found the shoes my wife is getting for Valentine’s Day and I had a little website called Pinterest to thank.
In fact, I was so appreciative of Pinterest that I thought it would be a good idea to sign up for an account to see what I might have been missing. That’s when I was hit with the old clubhouse mantra… “No Boys Allowed”. Ok, so it wasn’t that bad. When I mentioned that I joined Pinterest at the office, a few of the girls came to what seemed like its defense. They said exactly what I already had gathered. Pinterest is for girls. There was no reason for me to join. What’s funny is that it seemed like they were taken aback that I might be infiltrating the Pinterest world.
And maybe I was…
I mean, what can I contribute to a community that’s obviously geared toward women? Sure, most of my interests are inherently human and cross all lines, gender included, but anyone can contribute that type of stuff. I want to cater to the main audience – women. And that’s when I thought of it. The one thing I can bring to the women of Pinterest that would be difficult to attain on their own…
I wondered aloud if any of the women in the office had ever thought about what the Abstrakt men’s bathroom looked like. And I wasn’t completely surprised that sure enough, yes, they had. After all, I always wondered what the women’s room looks like. Is it way cleaner than ours? Do they have a couch in there or something? Free cereal? Whole Walgreens candy sections? Surely women have to wonder these things about ours. And as I found out through my 5-second survey of the women within earshot around me, they do.
And that’s how my Pinterest was born. I like to think of it as a scientific study of sorts. I even have a few controls set – it has to be a men’s only bathroom and there can be absolutely no one in it when the Pinterest post is procured. First of all, people included would sully the visual sample for probably hundreds of reason. Secondly, taking a picture of the bathroom with people in it would be super creepy and way more gross that I have the stomach for.
So, women everywhere – I present to you the men’s bathroom on the main floor of the office. Your world now has fewer boundaries. Fewer mysteries. And I hope you find an appreciation for how awesome I’m assuming your bathrooms are.
I don’t know how long this will go on for, or how many people will hate it or be appreciative. One thing I do know is that tomorrow’s post will be less bathroom- related. Probably.