I #lovemnwinter! Today, I love that #feministselfie light.
There's less sun in the winter, so make the most out of those golden hours. Is it just me, or does that low angle sun just make you look radiantly beautiful in your forward-facing camera?!
Selfie of a QTPOC person on a bike in the perfect light, with a gray scarf on their face, white helmet on that says, "peace"
Merriam Webster added "selfie" to the dictionary in 2014. It's official! Selfies are a legit, mainstream form of self expression.
I avoided sharing selfies for a long time because I felt shy about being slut-shamed, sexist comments, or people mocking my mock duck face as conceited vanity.
But you know what?
If I don't love myself, and my image, no one else is going to do it for me!
Selfie of QTPOC person on a bike with a bright organge hat on, jean jacket, and a geometric shadow from a fence
I embrace the selfie, because I should not be ashamed to love my own image, and there is no shame in celebrating and broadcasting that! Let's live in a society where we can tell each other, "You look like you feel good!"
When I feel that my voice and my image are not represented by mainstream media?? What can I do?? Self publish some self love via selfie:
Closeup of QTPOC person's eye, tiny ice drops on their eyelashes, with a white helmet that reads "RIFF" and a gray scarf covering their face
We have entire industries depend on the perpetuation of women’s inferiority complexes.
Diet pills, acne cream, fashion, and pretty much the entirety of the advertising and marketing industries are just a few examples of why society has a vested economic interest in keeping girls’ self-esteem low.
I don’t mean to suggest that anything marketed toward women is inherently bad. However, the predominant message often promotes negative self-image.
The social status quo is also at stake. Girls are taught from an early age that they can only feel good about themselves through the approval of everyone else, especially men, and should be willing to change or compromise at the drop of a hat in order to achieve acceptance.
Resist that shit. We're beautiful.
Selfie of QTPOC person on a bike in bright red plaid pants, a big wool shirt, black cap, white helmet, gray scarf and sunglasses, and a lipstick'd smirk of smug confidence
Read about last year’s collaborative challenge to love one thing about winter everyday in February of 2016. Tweet your own loves: #lovemnwinter @greaseragmpls.