Selfie Empowerment

Before you start, no. I don’t mean ‘#selfie’, as in the song in the charts at the moment by The Chainsmokers. I spent a week trying to convince myself it was a good song, decided it just wasn’t for me, but sadly managed to pick up almost all of its lyrics. Now, whenever it comes on, I can trot them out without much effort at all. Is that guy sleeping over there? Yeah, next to the girl with no shoes on. That is so ratchet.

(A triumphant little Google search, just to check I’d got that lyric word for word – of course I had – tells me #selfie has dropped to number 25 in the charts! Where’s my confetti?)

I’m talking more about a selfie in its most basic form. We’ve all taken them at least once in our lives. Don’t try and convince me otherwise. I once found a series of selfies on my Dad’s camera in various filters and taken from all different angles. Who knew he could pull off the jaunty-angled, pensive selfie with such ease? Not this girl. Anyway, I’ll be the first to put my hands up and say it – I love a good selfie when the sun’s shining. What better way to celebrate good hair and clear skin when you’re not actually intending on leaving the house? Going outside is so unnecessary, and technology these days means there’s no need to. Right?

Selfies serve a much better purpose than just being a forum to showcase your strong eyeliner game, though. They also showcase self-confidence and happiness with your appearance, which are two traits that aren’t celebrated nearly enough in teenagers and non-teenagers alike. For some ridiculous reason we’re all programmed to reject compliments and retain our modesty, for fear of coming across as vain. When did vanity become a bad thing and why does it make us so uncomfortable?

– A selfie can be great for subtly showing off your latest Topshop purchase too, but whatever. We’ll call it inspiration for our own shopping sprees in the (hopefully near) future.

So, okay, someone who posts five selfies a day to their Instagram could possibly fall into the category of the self-absorbed, just a little bit. But it’s a good kind of self-absorbed, right? Like I said a bit earlier, I think vanity in small, selfie-sized doses should be encouraged. There are a lot of things much worse that we could be doing to make ourselves feel good. For instance, I’m sure it’d be pretty intrusive and just plain strange if we approached people in public and told them how good we felt about ourselves instead. It takes seconds to like someone’s selfie, and that small gesture can go a long way – especially for someone who spend hours plucking up the courage to upload one. It’s also a lot less awkward than approaching someone you don’t know terribly well and telling them you like their face. Because, come on. Just imagine it. Are you cringing? I’m cringing.

For a Philosophy student I haven’t really laid out my argument very well, but never mind. The selfie should be praised, I’m glad the term has been added to the dictionary, it’s great that it’s become a thing. Hashtags are another matter entirely. If you’re the friend that adds fifty hashtags to anything you upload, take a moment to check yourself. That’s so ratchet.

Until next time,

Emma x

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