“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing
Why is it that when people get down about how shallow selfies are, they’re always talking about teenage girls? Because when we live in society where images of women are distorted and manipulated to cater to the male gaze from sculptures in art history to what we see on magazines and billboards and only 2% of thousands of women from 10 countries around the world consider themselves beautiful and a teenage girl feels confident enough with herself that day to share her appearance with the world…shouldn’t that be an honour? Shouldn’t that be a fucking celebration?
I’m going to keep this short and sweet: To take a selfie that day is to have good enough self-esteem that day. To take a selfie that day is to not be ashamed. To take a selfie that day is to not hate yourself. Girls, don’t ever let anyone make you feel wrong for loving yourself. It’s about time we stop romanticising that low self-esteem.