According to the Swedish website the Local, Dick Pic Locator was developed by Per Axbom, who was inspired by the feminist Instagram account Assholes Online, which outs men who send verbally abusive messages and unsolicited dick pics. The app detects the GPS coordinates of the person who sent the photo, and so far, it’s been used more than 6000 times, according to Axbom’s data. Once the woman who receives the dick pic has determined the location and identity of the sender, what she does from there is totally up to her (Axbom suggests forwarding the dick pic to the sender’s family as a way to shame him.)
Because Dick Pic Locator has no way of determining which uploaded photos are dick pics and which ones aren’t, there are obvious privacy issues associated with the website. But it’s also true that men sending women unwanted NSFW photos is a really, really big problem. According to a survey by Match.com that polled 5,500 single men and women, more than 50% of women have received an unwanted dick pic, while the same number of men have admitted to sending them. That’s an awful lot of dudes walking around with the misguided belief that women desperately want to see their wormlike, flaccid members (spoiler alert: we do not).
It’s not just that women are grossed out by unwanted dick pics (although trust me, we are) — it’s that they essentially constitute a form of sexual harassment. When you send a woman a photo of your dick without her explicitly asking for it, you are telling her that your boner (or lack thereof, depending on the photo) is more important than her sense of comfort and safety — and considering that more than 76% of women under 30 say they have faced some form of digital sexual harassment, that is not only profoundly irritating, it’s scary.
That’s not to say that all dick pics are created equal. When a woman specifically asks for a photo of your penis, sending a dick pic can be fun and sexy and awesome. But the first part of that sentence is key — otherwise, thanks to services like Dick Pic Locator, you could end up like these poor dudes, who made the mistake of DM’ing a model photos of their junk on Instagram and ended up being outed to their mums and girlfriends. No one wants to have that conversation at Christmas dinner.
This article originally appeared on Men's Health