the conversations but one way to prove to friends that I was OK was to take a picture of myself," she says. "That revealed something very important to my friends – one, that I was still functioning and, two, I was out doing stuff. An image can convey more than words"(Day). I know from experience that posting selfies on Instagram for example was a way to let my friends know that I was coping well, when my uncle passed away. I believe it was a way for friends and family to have a visual of how I was handling the situation because pictures say a thousand words. 6/10 agree that they use selfies to communicate with family and friends and show that they are doing okay. It's much more a kind of statement about 'where I've been and what I'm doing'," cultural studies expert Jon Stratton was quoted as saying.
Davis 4 Day also accurately claims that women are portraying themselves as models in pornography films by posing in a state of undress: “Because of porn culture, women have internalised that image of themselves. They self-objectify, which means they're actually doing to themselves what the male gaze does to them." Dines argues that although men can "gain visibility" in a variety of ways, for women the predominant way to get attention is "fuckability". And it is true that a lot of female selfie aficionados take their visual vernacular directly from pornography (unwittingly or otherwise): the pouting mouth, the pressed-together cleavage, the rumpled bedclothes in the background hinting at opportunity” (Day). I have seen people posting pictures like that and I agree that there is a great amount of negativity involved with posting pictures of that caliber; however, some women post pictures shirtless and even men, to demonstrate a much more important cause, like weight loss or showing off the body that they have and are proud of. 5/10 agree that they have taken photos shirtless, but to demonstrate progress in getting fit or weight loss. Not to send vulgar messages to the viewers of the photo. Day also suggests that selfies are a source of empowerment. Sarah J Gervais, an assistant professor of psychology, wrote that: "Instagram (and other social media) has allowed the public to reclaim photography as a source of empowerment… [it] offers a quiet resistance to the barrage of perfect images that we face each day. Rather than being bombarded with those creations… we can look through our Instagram feed and see images of real people – with beautiful diversity” (Day). When I take selfies I do feel empowered in a sense. I feel like I have control of how I
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