On a daily basis I am bombarded with over-sexualized images of women. One one hand I am all about freedom of expression, but on the other hand I want to cover up these women and beg for them to stop posting photos of their bare bottoms on social media. When did things get so out of hand?
With the internet, we are all to express ourselves in many different ways – this could be a blog, website, social media accounts, recipes, videos, and the like. Sadly, I see many women choosing to play into the stereotypes of gender, enforcing the notion women are just sexual beings. Of course Kim Kardashian isn’t the only one to blame for society heading in this direction.
“Of the many influences on how we view men and women, media are the most pervasive and one of the most powerful. Woven throughout our daily lives, media insinuate their messages into our consciousness at every turn. All forms of media communicate images of the sexes, many of which perpetuate unrealistic, stereotypical, and limiting perceptions.” -Julia T. Wood, UNC Chapel Hill
I know, in marketing sex sells. Yes, the world is obsessed. With individuals becoming brands themselves, it is easy to go the route which will yield more results. Celebrity status for many women means more about appearance than it does talent. This type of thinking is creeping into many who are trying to emulate the success to go viral – more followers, more likes, and more clicks. A persuasive/sexual photo will get you there.
I jokingly state that Instagram should be re-titled Buttstagram because that is a majority of what I see day-to-day. With the rise of the bloggers and fitness models, the sexual posting is at its peak. The problem is, this behavior is becoming the norm. What we see in the media becomes what we want to emulate – remember Mean Girls and the little girl dancing to the “Milkshake” video? This is the example our younger generation is getting!
“…true feminism recognizes the natural characteristics, strengths, and abilities of women and seeks to affirm them in this identity.” -Princeton University
How to stay grounded in an over-sexualized world: be yourself and not an ideal. If you want to emulate someone, pick someone funny, educated, kind, outspoken, happy. Women shouldn’t be valued based solely on their appearance and sexuality…. we have a whole lot more to offer!