Read the full article at Harper’s Bazaar.

 

“According to Nancy Jo Sales, an author and journalist who spent years interviewing girls ages 13-18 about their relationships with social media, one of the barriers to having a productive discussion about the unhealthy nature of such relationships is the relatively modern notion that selfies, nude pictures, and lip enhancements are an expression of personal empowerment, or feminism. Sales told me that some of her subjects seemed to have been so conditioned by advertising and media to believe that sexualization equals feminism, that simply asking whether the constant adjustment of their appearance using editing software (then looking in the mirror and seeing the un-retouched image) might be bad for their self-esteem, sometimes left them upset. “Some of them think that even raising the question is being sexist. That’s the dirty little trick of this messaging. Anyone who questions whether sexualization is feminism is ‘sexist’.”

‘Empowerment’ – ugh!

 

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