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I've come to the conclusion that the whole lolcats craze is really a sneaky way for (straight) men (in the dominant culture) to justify squeeing at cute kitty pictures. After all, if there's a geeky joke caption, it's geeky guy humour, and not just an adorable little kitty to coo over in an inappropriately girly way....



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Jun. 14th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
My favorite example of the same principle at work:

Jun. 14th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
Wait, what?

The seems like an odd assessment, given that the vast majority of LOLcats fans I know are either female or not straight. The one straight guy I can think of on my friends list who is really into LOLcats was really into unlabelled cute-kitty photos anyway and often posted links to Cute Overload and so on.

Is it possible, as an alternate theory, that it's just a combination of cute+funny that people like?
Jun. 14th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Well, if that's true, that would blow large holes in that theory. I've mostly seen links to lolcats from straight 20-something gamer d00dz, with a couple from my friendslist (which has a much less straight and much more female bent).
Jun. 14th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
I think it's pretty acceptable for straight guys to go gooey over their (cat|dog) child substitutes. It's a lot more acceptable than for them to go gooey over high school girls, for example.

I don't get the geek part of it much, but then the first one I ever saw was this one:


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