Books: Tara Moss on Selfies.

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From The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss:

“Let’s talk about [selfies].

“These self-photographed images, existing as they do in an image-saturated culture, reflect some real aspect of people’s experiences. They are neither inherently empowering nor inherently disempowering. How can we pretend that beautiful young women in advertisements are just good old capitalism, that the publication of revealing paparazzi shots should be blamed on their beautiful, unsuspecting subjects, but selfies are morally dangerous because they sometimes reveal that young women (shock, horror) may try to look pretty or even hope to appear attractive? They are so self-absorbed! Narcissistic! So, we talk about what a big problem it is that women are taking photographs of themselves, without a middle man, and choosing to present those photographs publicly, for their own purposes, rather than the fact that images of women are used to sell everything from beer to automobiles to magazines.”

Image via Tara Moss.

2 thoughts on “Books: Tara Moss on Selfies.

  1. ATTENTION SELFITIS SUFFERERS!-

    You may be bucking the establishment here Tara (I haven’t read your book yet)! The APA(American Psychiatric Assoc) has “discovered” taking selfies is a mental “disorder”, called Selfitis. -APA said there are three levels of the disorder:

    Borderline selfitis : taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media

    Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media

    Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day

    According to the APA, while there is currently no cure for the disorder, temporary treatment is available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT )-
    from- http://med.news.am/…/american-psychiatric-association…

    Watch your cognitive behaviors Tara <3 xoxoxo, jim keiser, pg admin Mental health/psychiatric watchdog & reform activity(Facebook)

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