Someone feels hella fine and confident. Why is that a problem for you?
“Ugh girls who post selfies all day are srsly pathetic. You lose a little more of my respect with every cake face pic showing your tits to your iphone. Your not a model, pls kill yourself its embarrassing.”
– Christian, Facebook user.
Ah yes, someone spewing hate on the internet. It’s nothing new. All it takes is 20 seconds of scrolling through the comment section of a YouTube video/Facebook feed/Twitter account to see the vast array of racism, sexism, homophobia and rape jokes. It’s a phenomenon we’ve all seen and felt and most likely participated in at some point of our online lives. But that’s all fine right? It’s the internet. People can be hateful and cruel behind a screen.
But if you feel confident and beautiful, suddenly it’s a crime against humanity. Suddenly, it’s “pathetic” and “embarrassing”. Sure, you can drop the N-word, normalise “faggot”, normalise “gay” or, call a girl fat, ugly, bitch, spread hate or rape jokes, but how dare you love yourself right? How dare you publicly feel good about how you look – you live in a world where you need to spread hate or gtfo.
Well I’m calling bullshit on that. Selfie-haters are just keyboard warriors fighting passionately against people feeling good.
To prove how ridiculous that is, not only am I going to deconstruct each element of douche-baggery and ignorance in ‘Christian’s’ Facebook status above, but I’m going to do it in colour coordinated segments for funsies.
“girls who post selfies all day are srsly pathetic”
Ok, firstly, thank you for letting us know that you have a working keyboard. It would be super great to see that keyboard work for something that actually matters, such as signing petitions or raising awareness about deforestation and human rights violations. But no, you used your status to fight passionately against girls who feel good about themselves. Yes, that seems like a great use of precious Internet megabytes. Who’s pathetic now?
“You lose a little more of my respect with every…pic”
I lost your respect? Oh please no! All I’ve ever wanted in life is your male approval. You know what? Women live in a world where our self esteem is already under fire before we’ve even lost our baby teeth (I’d like to thank the Beauty Industry, Disney Princesses, the “makeovers” that get the boys in every movie, the skinny white girls on every billboard, Barbies and make-up kit Christmas presents for that.) Women are drinking laxative teas. Women are starving. Women are doing irreparable damage to their kidneys, hearts, bodies and minds to be thinner. Women hate themselves. And you have the audacity to find my self-love offensive?
I feel good about myself in this one moment, I think I look beautiful, I post a photo, and you lose your respect for me? Well it’s a good thing your respect is less relevant to me than Will Smith’s third son.
“Pls kill yourself it’s embarrassing”
Right. I should be embarrassed and suicidal for feeling good about who I am. That’s some sound logic right there. I should be ashamed of loving myself. How about I feel super insecure about my face and body? Would that be more comfortable for you? Millions of women are dieting and carving up their noses and that’s cool with you, but if someone feels beautiful today then it’s embarrassing and they should totally commit suicide? Yep. Makes perfect sense. Here’s a counter point, if I wanted to kill myself I’d climb your ego and jump down to your IQ. I’m officially putting you on airplane mode, you’re banned from the Internet.
So congratulations, you’re a douche bag in every colour. Stop fighting selfies. It’s just people feeling good about themselves for three seconds, it’s not something that you need to passionately keyboard crusade against. Go wage cyber-war on a real issue and leave the happy people alone. #selfies4ever – Newsha Tari