Your Response to The “Thirst Trap”

Urban Dictionary lists the definition of the “Thirst Trap” as follows:

When a female posts a photo or status of herself being cute or sad or in whatever mood she is, and she either dresses normal or shows more skin than normal in the photo, with the direct or indirect intent of having men post compliments to her in either soft, nice or vulgar terms.
Thirst Traps have become all the rage on social media. So much so, that it now seems to be the new “normal”. Thirst Traps give men a wonderful amount of skin to behold from their favorite celebrities, makeshift, wanna-be models and even friends. I personally don’t have a problem with Thirst Traps. I do however, have a problem with the way men respond to them.
So the woman I’m going to use for an example, is none other than the most recognizable female athlete on earth. Let’s review:
A picture that Serena Williams posted last year.
A picture that Serena Williams posted last year. Drink in all the magnificence.

I’m a huge fan of Serena Williams. She’s an athlete without parallel. And I find her attractive. Some may not, but I do. Either way, let’s take a look at some of the comments caused by this photo.

If you're going to be pathetic, you might as well not use proper punctuation.
If you’re going to be pathetic, you might as well not use proper punctuation.
Because she clearly will...
Because she clearly will…
When you want to take your creepy "fandom" love to the next level...shell be sure to notice your multiple posts!
When you want to take your creepy “fandom” love to the next level…shell be sure to notice your multiple posts!
Smh...because she lets dumb illiterate people "lick it".
Smh…because she lets dumb illiterate people “lick it”.
Because you want everyone on your social media to see your face, as the "I Eat Ass" Face.
Because you want everyone on your social media to see your face, as the “I Eat Ass” Face.
And finally, when words aren't enough, we use illustrations to get our freaky point across.
And finally, when words aren’t enough, we use illustrations to get our freaky point across.

These types of responses are not a good look in any social media format, for any level of person that you follow, whether it’s a celeb or your friend from high school. How do you think these guys look to any female that comes across their comments? Desperate? Yep. Gross? Yep. Like you send inappropriate dickpics two days after meeting a woman? Probably. Like your breath smells like ass cheeks because you clearly and proudly partake in tossed salads? Most definitely.

As men, we have to do better. A wise man once said “less is best” and as usual, that wise man was me. Not everyone can react to everything the same way, and some Thirst Traps may bring us to some pretty intense moments. However, we should be mindful to control our reactions. You may ask “so how do you react to Thirst Traps?” Well, I keep it simple. First, I almost NEVER click like or double-tap. Finally, if it drives me to a point of a “Daaaaaam” response, I simply save a screenshot to my phone! I know, I know…seems pretty perverted. But hey, its private perversion, not public. I can view the picture at my own leisure instead of drooling over it in front of all my social media friends and followers.

Let’s make a conscious decision to be more aware of the way we present ourselves on social media. Whether we know it or not, we all have our own “brands”. Every post, tweet and comment represents your brand. So when you post filthy comments on Thirst Traps, even if they are meant to garner that kind of attention, how will your response represent your brand? Thank about it!

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