Feminism

iStock Tropes: Woman Hovering Behind Her Man While He’s on the Computer

I had to find a stock photo for work, and this came up in a search for “online shopping.” There are a lot of goofy things you can infer from these images, but I’m going to let you do the inferring.

stock-photo-16096889-smiling-couple-using-laptop

stock-photo-6835949-on-the-computer

stock-photo-15899299-mature-couple-using-a-laptop

stock-photo-8574278-happy-shopping-online

stock-photo-15410554-happy-young-couple-shopping-from-home

stock-photo-17462236-couple-paying-bills

stock-photo-18230083-happy-young-couple-shopping-online
Someone: Don’t forget something about diversity!
iStock: Ah, yes. Bring out the token Asian couple!

stock-photo-18337586-convenient-shopping

stock-photo-20064809-get-connected-for-greater-convenience

stock-photo-15475832-smiling-couple-looking-at-laptop

stock-photo-20296034-internet-shopping-isolated

stock-photo-23241164-smiling-couple-shopping-online

stock-photo-23544237-couple-shopping-online-at-home

stock-photo-16667527-young-couple-using-laptop-computer-in-kitchen-looking-concerned

stock-photo-2285999-browsing

stock-photo-17535933-african-american-couple-using-laptop-in-the-kitchen
Someone: Don’t forget something about diversity!
iStock: Ah, yes. Bring out the token black couple!

stock-photo-17566385-portrait-of-senior-couple-using-a-laptop-computer

stock-photo-23583682-senior-man-with-caregiver

stock-photo-18347751-couple-working-on-laptop

stock-photo-17433209-couple-looking-at-laptop-screen

stock-photo-9063287-mature-couple

stock-photo-18512879-couple-at-home-using-tablet-computer

stock-photo-20548690-happy-couple-online-shopping

stock-photo-292856-modern-women
Someone: Don’t forget something about diversity!
iStock: Ah, yes. Bring out the lesbians.
Someone else: Sir, this makes me uncomfortable.
iStock: Well, then they can just be friends, I guess. But we’ll tag this picture “modern women” so everyone secretly knows, wink wink.

2 thoughts on “iStock Tropes: Woman Hovering Behind Her Man While He’s on the Computer

  1. Also, the “modern women” have short hair. That allllways implies lesbianism. Hairstylist cut your bob too short? Watch out, you might start to question your sexuality… especially if you’re (literally) in advertising.

    • As a lady with previously short hair, I can honestly answer that yes your sexuality DOES come into question as soon as you chop all your hair off. On the one hand, ugh. On the other hand, it was useful for sending signals. But as soon as I see it in iStock I want to barf.

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