Friday, April 11, 2014

The Supposedly 'Picture Perfect' App

Like most mornings, I'm sitting at my breakfast bar, drinking my herbal tea and eating some breakfast before I start my day.  I've got The Today Show on in the background but then suddenly my attention is drawn in immediately.

One of the anchors is talking about this new app (nothing out of the ordinary right?). However, my ears perked up when the anchor began talking about the new selfie craze and how there is a new selfie app out to help you take a 'better' selfie. The new app titled Skinneepix enhances your selfie photo not by color filters or goofy effects like most photo apps but actually gives you the option to take weight off of your face to make you look thinner.  You have the option to 'shed' 5lbs, 10lbs or 15lbs from your face.

This sounds like Science Fiction or an episode of Nip/Tuck right?! Unfortunately, this is reality and one that we should not accept.  In a time where not just women but plenty of men out there suffer from eating disorders and body dismorphia, this app is the last thing we need. We shouldn't stand for crap like this. At the end of the day it's these false images of what beauty is along with the air brushing of actresses and models for magazines that is so misleading and continues to threaten the health and well being of young men and women out there who believe this to be truth. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Modern Day Feminist

" But I don't know why people are so reluctant to say they're feminists. Maybe some women just don't care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word? " -Actress, Ellen Page your eyes are already rolling to the back of your head after only just reading the title. But please, read further. Not just for womens' sake but for the sake of humanity as a whole. I'm not writing this to say how difficult it is to be a woman in today's society (although it is). I'm writing to be another voice in the many out there in this fight in hopes that together we can drown out the naysayers and the negativity that exist about women being treated as equal or heck, even just respected in what is considered to be such an advanced and progressive day and age. I feel as though being a self proclaimed "writer" that it is my responsibility to speak up.  All this being said, I guess I really wanted to talk about why it's so important for women in general but specifically in any realm of entertainment to speak up and start presenting images on the screen, in magazines and in books that portray REAL women that face REAL issues ( not just what pair of heels they're going to wear out.) I'm not saying that one should not care about their appearance but just take a second to stop and realize that there are most definitely bigger issues going on out there and I hope to at some point have a career where I can make an impact on how young women view themselves and what they're capable of.