This Model Has a Brilliant Response to Unwanted Dick Pics

January 29th 2016

Laura Donovan

After getting fed up with receiving unwanted dick pics from fans, model Emily Sears took action in a bold way. The model started notifying the girlfriends of the senders so the women know what kind of men they're seeing.


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Sears, who has more than two million Instagram followers, told BuzzFeed News in an interview that she gets "at least one or two dick pics per day, at minimum." Unsolicited dick pics are a form of cyber and sexual harassment, especially due to the lack of consent.

When Sears received this unwanted picture, she checks out the sender's profile to see whether he is in a relationship. If it appears that he is indeed dating someone, she contacts the man's partner.

“It’s just been consistently happening for so long," she continued. "I became absolutely fed up with these kinds of disturbing and disgusting messages and comments online.”

Sears tweeted about confronting the girlfriend of one man who sent over a photo of his penis:

Emily Sears Twitter

Emily Sears Twitter

Sears is not the only woman who is reaching out to the girlfriends of the men who send her lewd images. Sears' friend DJ Laura Lux also takes action.


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Lux told BuzzFeed News that one man called her a "slut" after she told his girlfriend that he was sending inappropriate photos of himself to her. Lux noticed that the woman had described the man as "the best boyfriend ever" on social media, and decided to fill her in about what he was doing.

“I guess I felt really sad for her,” Lux said. “So I sent her a message with a screenshot of our conversation telling her that I was really sorry, but I thought she deserved to know how her boyfriend was behaving towards other women. I know if the roles were reversed and it was my boyfriend sending that shit out, I would want to know.”

The women, who have massive followings on social media, have been lauded by many for taking a stand against unwanted dick pics. But Sears and Lux told ATTN: that they have also been harassed since their strategy went public.

"The response today has been crazy and overwhelming and extremely varied," Lux told ATTN:. "I've been told everything today from 'you're doing god's work' to 'go back to whore island you filthy attention seeking c**t' but the positive comments are definitely in the majority. We've both received some really touching messages from women and men alike who've reached out to thank us and encourage us, and that absolutely makes all the hate worth it."

Sears had a similar experience.

"The responses have been very overwhelming, one woman reached out and was thankful that this information lead her to flee an abusive relationship, while one man said I'm a dirty c**t who deserves to be beaten by men," Sears said. "I'd say the majority has been really positive and that's been really touching to see."

At least one commenter thanked Sears for alerting women to their partners' bad behavior, as she was cheated on in the past and it hurt:

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Laura Lux Instagram comments

Sears told ATTN: that this "really opens the lid on the lurkers who send these things thinking it's all anonymous and in the dark and they'll get away with it."

"It's no wonder they're lashing out," she added. "These types of men are the same types of men who are capable of even worse harassment and abuse offline."

Lux felt the same way, adding that some commenters called her names for taking this approach.

"It's honestly a huge reflection on a really really dark mentality that exists in so many men," Lux told ATTN:. "In the comments section of one place an article was shared on Facebook i was calmly trying to explain my stance further and i was replied to and called a stupid whore and a slut and sent Bill Cosby memes, implying I should be raped."

Many women frequently receive unwelcome dick pics on social media and dating platforms such as Tinder. Debra Messing famously publicly shamed a stranger for sending her an unsolicited dick pic by sharing a censored photo of it on Twitter:

Photographer Soraya Doolbaz used to get lots of dick pics as well, prompting her to become a professional penis photographer. As ATTN: previously put it, "it's quite empowering of Doolbaz to transform a form of harassment (if the dick pic is unsolicited) into art and take control of the narrative."

Update: This article has been updated to include quotes from Sears and Lux.

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