That “Guy, girlfriend, other woman” meme that’s been going around

by Joey deVilla on September 1, 2017

If you regularly peruse Twitter, you’ve likely seen a lot of memes based on this stock photo of a guy walking with his girlfriend, who’s appalled that he’s checking out another woman, and so blatantly to boot:

The original 'Guy, girlfriend, other woman' stock photo featuring a pretty woman on the left walking toward the camera, and a guy and his girlfriend walking away from the camera. The guy has turned his head to check out the woman walking toward the camera and looks impressed, with a facial expression to suggest he's wolf whistling. His girlfriend is looking at him, appalled.

Here’s a popular one:

'Guy, girlfriend, other woman' stock photo from above, with these labels -- Guy: Me. Girlfriend: The unread, untouched books I have sitting at home. Other woman: New books at the bookstore.

This one’s for the console gamers:

'Guy, girlfriend, other woman' stock photo from above, with these labels -- Guy: Me. Girlfriend: PS4. Other woman: Switch.

Here’s one that made the rounds a couple of weeks ago:

'Guy, girlfriend, other woman' stock photo from above, with these labels -- Guy: Me. Girlfriend: Scientific evidence supporting the dangers of staring at the sun. Other woman: Solar eclipse.

Of course, someone made some political ones:

'Guy, girlfriend, other woman' stock photo from above, with these labels -- Guy: Top 0.1%. Girlfriend: American Dream. Other woman: Income inequality.

'Guy, girlfriend, other woman' stock photo from above, with these labels -- Guy: Trump. Girlfriend: Governing the country. Other woman: Next outrageous tweet.

My favorite observation about the women in the meme is about how similar they look:

And finally, here’s my favorite improvement to the meme:

'Guy, girlfriend, other woman' stock photo from above, but horizontally flipped so that it reads from left to right, with these labels -- Guy: Me. Girlfriend: Traditional meme template. Other woman: The increased structural clarity of reading the meme from left to right.

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