Who says women can’t make their own rules when using social media? It’s 2019 and it’s time to make a stand! No more hesitations and overthinking. Something I’ve learnt over the years is to never question whether or not to post on social media. Women need to feel more comfortable in posting whatever content they wish (as long as it’s appropriate of course). The issue stems from “internet trolls”, friends and family who have the power to completely change one’s opinion of that picture/video.
In 2017, Niamh McDade from The Royal Society of Public Health stated “On the face of it, Instagram can look very friendly. But that endless scrolling without much interaction doesn’t really lead to much of a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing”
Women are slowly but surely rewriting the rules of social media. An excellent example of this is Jameela Jamil’s blog called “I Weigh” which has travelled it’s way through Instagram and other social media platforms with the hashtag #IWeigh. Jameela had come across an image on the explore page of Instagram which showed the Kardashian sisters with their respective body weights plastered across each of their bodies (and let’s be real, the numbers weren’t high in the slightest) Logically, female instagrammers will look at this post and compare themselves to the celebrities’ petite figures, which naturally, will lower their self-esteem.
Jameela was outraged by this as weight should not matter “It’s so belittling and abusive. We are subliminally bullied all day by the magazines, the side bar of shame, social media, and by each other.” This incident, inspired Jameela to challenge women to measure themselves by their achievements. She did this, by posting an Instagram story of herself with the caption: “I weigh: I’m financially independent, I laugh every day, I love my job, I speak out for women’s rights, I like myself despite everything I’ve been taught by the media to hate myself about” further saying that an hour after posting, women began sending their own versions of #IWeigh. It quickly became a trend and there were too many to keep up! “The pictures were amazing. None of them were posed and filtered, nobody was contoured to within an inch of their life, or sucking anything in” Women are being reminded of their worth, importance and intelligence by this sort of empowerment online. Regardless of society’s expectations, YOU are free to post anything.
Let’s make some social media rules for all you ladies, who may struggle to just click “Post”:
- NEVER doubt your beauty and self-worth when posting a great selfie. Just do it!
- SHOW your self-confidence to the audience and more importantly, all the haters.
- AVOID deleting content just because you’re told “it’s not cute enough, I think you can do better” NO! It’s your social media, which means freedom of expression is at the palm of your hands.
- DON’T ever compare yourself or your posts to other women. It’s can be damaging to your self-confidence.
I hope you have enjoyed my fourth blog post and follow my social media rules! Stay tuned for my podcast that will be posted shortly. Whilst you’re here make sure to follow my Twitter and drop me a comment with any questions you may have @goodvibesonlybu