#ThisIsMe on International Women’s Day 2018
On International Women’s Day 2018 (8th March) I want you to join in with the #ThisIsMe campaign. The time has come to say no more judging women for how they look. Enough of this culture of perfection that makes us feel like we’re not good enough. Stand with us this International Women’s Day and say this is me.
What is #ThisIsMe?
We live in a world where women (anyone who identifies as a woman) are under huge pressure to look and dress a certain way. #ThisIsMe is a way for each and every one of us to stand up and say enough is enough. No more judging women who are thin, or fat. Women who wear cheap clothes, women who wear expensive clothes, those who wear makeup, those who don’t. I could go on for days, but the point is that it needs to stop.
Everyone is different, which is what makes this world such a wonderful place to live. We don’t all look the same, we don’t all think the same and we all have different life experiences. So why should we all be judged by the same standards? Why is one person considered beautiful and another not?
As women (anyone who identifies as a woman), if we want the media to stop judging us, we need to stop judging eachother first. We need to stand together as a unit, which includes women of all ethnicities, sexualities, abilities and trans-gender women.
United we stand, divided we fall.
Why is it Important?
Society’s Beauty Definition
Every day we’re exposed to images of how a woman should look. White, tall, flat stomach, boyish hips, no body hair and flawless skin. Most of the time though, those images aren’t even real. They’ve been airbrushed, or styled by hair and fashion experts. Each and every one of these images, consciously or subconsciously, reinforces the idea that that is how people, women in particular, should look. But they’re NOT REAL.
We mere mortals just can’t compete with those pictures. Fact.
But we still worry that we don’t look like that. That we don’t look like a fake picture. It borders on crazy.
Body-Image and Low Self-Esteem
Body image is how we feel about the way we look in the mirror. Self- esteem is how confident we feel in ourselves. When we’re constantly looking at images of ‘perfection’ it can make us feel inadequate, leading to a poor body image. Body image and self-esteem are closely linked, especially for girls, because we’re taught from a young age that it’s important to be ‘beautiful’. So if we don’t think we look pretty, we don’t think that others will like us or take us seriously. This can lead to avoiding social situations, not putting yourself out there when it comes to career opportunities and more.
How Social Media Affects Body-Image
Social media is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our daily lives. Everyone is on at least one social media platform whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or SnapChat. We see curated instagram feeds of spotless houses, immaculate flatlays and think that it’s real life, but it’s not.
I used to wonder how other bloggers got such stylish backgrounds for their pictures, turns out they use wallpaper samples or printed vinyl! Who knew? Not me, which just goes to show how we can get wrapped up in pictures we see in the media.
It’s affecting our kids too. There are some shocking statistics on the number of teenage girls self-harming, thought to be partialluy due to pressure from perfect pictures on social media. It’s one thing for it to worry grown women, but when it starts having an impact on the mental health of our kids we need to say enough is enough.
How can you get Involved on International Women’s Day 2018?
To get involved all you need to do is take a selfie and upload it onto any social media platform on 8th March, International Women’s Day 2018 with the hashtag #ThisIsMe. It’s as easy as that.
It would be totally awesome if you could pop over to bit.ly/saynotoshinypledge to add your name to the thousands of others taking part. You won’t be asked for your email address – it’s not a ploy to get people onto any email lists. It’s just so that when the campaign is being promoted, and when trying to get household names involved Aby and Ceri can say this many people have pledged to take part.
Are you in?
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