There is no denying the power of social media and the immense influence it has on us, instagram in particular is known for it’s highlight reel portrayed by our favourite celebrities and also instagram influencers; but has the air brushing gone a step too far?
We live at a time where photoshopping our bodies using apps or actual surgery has become trendy and the norm. Although this has become normal for us to see and easily digested by us ,surgey and photoshop is often done by popular influencers and celebrities so not accesible for all. This means that it leaves both teenagers and even fully grown adults questioning the way they look, comparing themselves with images and aspiring to look like artificial versions of peoples bodies. They find themselves scrolling through this highlight reel of someone elses life questioning whether or not something has been photoshopped, left in the unknown and imprinted with these insecurities cut deep into their skin.
Although this strive for perfection and this podium that celebrities in the beauty industry have been placed on has been present for years its 2019 and some change and action is needed. We have seen a promotion of different and unique body types but is time to be honest and real with eachother. If you start by being truthful to yourself what you see on your phone or online cannot affect you. Bodies cannot be trendy we need to stop treating our bodies like fashion; one minute curvy is in and the next minute being skinny is the next trend.
It seems like over the years feminism has become more and more of a household name among the younger generation – but not for the right reasons. Throughout the years the once innocent name ‘feminism’ has received the fair share of stigma and has been clouded with taboo. With feminism being tainted all that remains are anti-feminist memes,tweets and social media pages. People have been heavily influenced by celebs who find it more important to be sexually empowered than intellectually empowered. And for this reason feminism conjures up images of angry, man-hating, bra burning women instead of peace and equality. It sparks up arguments instead of a voices of harmony. But why is it that feminism is seen as offensive? And ultimately is feminism really a dirty word?
Let’s take it right back to the roots and the original feminist movement and purpose, this was none other than First-wave feminism. First-wave feminism was a period of feminist activity and thought that occurred during the 19th and early 20th century throughout the Western world. It focused on legal issues, primarily on gaining the right to vote. It was often known as women’s liberation before the very offensive term feminism came about. So Google :what is the definition of feminism ‘the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.’ So why is it that people feel threatened to claim that they are feminists. It is all these constant negative connotations toward feminism that both women and men feel uncomfortable to even say the word feminism!
But to enable ourselves to move forward and continue the feminist movement we need to reject the negative stereotypes and ignore the fact that on the day of the women’s march all you see is anti-feminist tweets and memes, we need to ignore those downward glances at a women or man who is strong enough to proudly say ‘I am a feminist.’ And remember that changing the ‘oh so very offensive’ word feminism to equality will definitely not change the motive of the movement (EQUALITY), it wont reduce those groans of disbelief and looks of disdain. But surely that does not mean that feminism is a dirty word, it means that maybe if society would change its mindset on feminism we wouldn’t have to change the word we regard it as. Stop making excuses to find a way out to help deal with important issues and start realising that if it does not affect you now it will affect you in the future. So now you truly tell me, Is feminism really a dirty word?
The end of 2017 brought many new, pressing issues to light ,Hollywood has been rocked by allegations of sexual assault against film mogul Harvey Weinstein of the Miramax entertainment company. To give you a bit of a background these allegations first came to light in a New York Times article on Thursday October 5th ; after the release of this article many more women have since come forward with allegations, there is currently over 50 sexual assault allegations against Weinstein. Gwyneth Paltrow. Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Claire Forlani, Cara Delevingne and Lupita Nyong’o are only a small number of hollywood stars who went public with their allegations.
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