LOL @ Essena O’Neill

This really irks me. Majority of my timeline has been filled with praise or hate for Miss O’ Neill because she came to the revelation that she’s an exploited teenager in society. That’s awesome and I’m genuinely happy you crawled out of the attention most people crave, but if no one notices– she’s using social media to convey how much she hates social media. What if Essena deleted all the photos of herself and started using her attention online for something that actually matters? Then she could be a social activist who clearly understands that social media is very real and very powerful. You couldn’t have cried on webcam for nothing; Essena here is creating a ploy. Trying to gain attention through hating attention.

Once someone has gained all the publicity they need; there’s no stoping their ego from growing. Please don’t let Essena fool you; she’s loving being the latest Instagram model who didn’t take the opportunity to sign a modeling contract. If you’re ‘pinnacle of success’ was solely in LA hollywood modeling, your parents have enforced the wrong priorities in your life. The media did this yes, you also have you’re own mind.

So to quote, no one thinks you had a ‘dream life’ but you and maybe other 12 year olds on Instagram. Of course any person with more attention on their body than their mind is miserable, ‘having it all’ is definitive on the well being of an individual.

If you just realized exploiting yourself for social media is harmful, I have much less faith in humanity than I thought.

It is clear society needs to have a discussion about the use of social media as we apparently value and base our own self worth off societies mindless actions. Despite the controversy around Essena, at 12-19 no one should want 500 000 people to see you running around in a bikini. You nor your parents cared nor considered the ramifications of child exploitation on social media. Essena dear, everyone knows those photos were the last thing from candid, and no one needs to publicize a 17 minute ranty video of you crying for your 12 year old self — she’d be bored to tears.

Here’s a link to her video if you want to check it out:

Till next time,

S

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Positive Body Image in the Media

By now everyone’s heard “All about that Bass” by Meghan Trainor; I recently came across a WordPress article titled ” Why I Will Never Respect Meghan Trainor” and being a fan of the song, I clicked the link and genuinely laughed at the article I came across:

https://ambitiouslyliving.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/why-i-will-never-respect-meghan-trainor/

First of all, I think its comical that thin women (with or without eating disorders) are actually OFFENDED by this song. The author of the article calls Meghan “manipulative” because she is distorting what positive body image is. I would just like to say, this is the first song in this decade that actually makes me happy and relieved because now little girls everywhere can have a mainstream, positive idea of their own body image. Apparently this song shames everyone without curves, but if we compare Meghan’s song to something like “Pretty Brown Eyes” by Cody Simpson; we can see how that this can clearly be twisted into the artist discriminating against all blue and green-eyed children, making them self conscious about their eyes.

There has only been a handful of songs promoting healthy body images and let me tell you, Meghan’s doing something right. When I was twelve all I wanted to do was look like one of those girls from Totally Spies or something because the media made me believe that skinny was normal. This song highlights the flaws within the media in a way even children can understand, and I think bitter people of the present pick apart every word in this song because it’s hard to understand that everything she sings is light hearted and true.

Thin women have been glorified by the media for decades and everyone knows it….yes eating disorders are sad and not something to joke about because it is a pressing issue in modern society, but can you give normal or plus sized people more than a minute in the spotlight? Because realistically Marilyn Monroe was never an 8-12 in modern pant or dress sizes anyways.

In her song, Meghan even says skinny people think their fat and that they’re actually perfect too, so please stop complaining. I was concerned that people actually agree with this article from Ambitiously Living, so now that I feel like I’ve cleared the air, it’s time for me to find a hobby that pays me.

Till next time,

S