This post can go in so many different directions I honestly struggled to pick an angle. From western colonialism to the male gaze to the Influencer world of social media, this prescriptive or subscriptive nature of our reality is everywhere.
I want to preface this series, and post, by saying that I am extremely grateful that Diversity and Inclusiveness is increasingly being brought to the forefront of today’s conversations, concerns and people’s agendas. I am proud that I get to be a part of this movement, and in doing so learn things about society and myself I was not even consciously aware of, that were a direct result of the lack of D&I.
However, as part of this, I also have a say in whether or not I feel this representation is being implemented in an accurate and – I don’t want to say correct, but – a meaningful manner.
Everyone has a view. Everyone has their three pennies, their ‘truth’, their bubble.
Statistics and collective data do not equate to truth. Numbers and calculations do not depict reality. Publications and press releases do not uncover all that is unrevealed.
On a lazy Sunday evening, cozy sweater rumpled, muffled music playing in the background, I was scrolling through my newsfeed and came across a peculiar question: should robots be given citizenship rights?
Increasingly celebrities and other popular social media figures are ripping off curtains of fictitious beauty. From Alicia Keys wearing absolutely no make up to one of the most filmed moments in the history of the pop culture stratosphere (i.e. walking the red carpet), to Dove’s campaign for Real Beauty, we as an online society are finally being conditioned into a more body-positive, self-loving environment, whether it be through pointed campaigns or personal acts of choice, and I couldn’t be happier about it.