|First #365FeministSelfie of the year: "One-on-one with my girl"|
I have a few more questions for you. How many pictures of your children, your pets, your stuff, do you take in a year? A month? A week? How often do you include yourself in the shot? Think about why you don't. Is it because you're not wearing makeup? Maybe because you don't feel like you look good enough for a close up? You feel more comfortable behind the lens than in front of it? Why is that?
Though I post quite a few selfies, I often choose not to take photos of myself, or I take them & then don't share them because I don't feel that I look good enough, whatever that means. I'm struggling with body image issues since Bronte's birth, trying to love this new, larger me. So when I read about this project--taking a selfie every day for the entire year--it really resonated with me. Why don't I feel like I look good enough? Maybe because so many of the images I see are not of women like me. When was the last time you saw a nearly 40-year-old woman, un-botoxed, unphotoshopped bags under the eyes from chronic sleep deprivation, with a stretch-marked pot belly that's held babies in a magazine or on a website?
Yeah, I thought so. So let's become visible again. Let's take back the selfie from the duck face teenagers. Let's outnumber all those images of personal trained, cosmetic surgeried, photoshopped women with authentic images of ourselves. Let's turn the selfie into a feminist act. Here I am. Are you with me?
Go read Viva La Feminista's post about it if you haven't already. Post your selfies on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & hashtag them #365feministselfie. I'm going to try to do it every day this year, but if that seems intimidating you don't have to--maybe weekly will work better for you? Looking forward to seeing your #365feministselfie!
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