feminism

Hi, mainstream media. Can we all stop with the Zoella-bashing please?

 

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Last week was big for the YouTube world. Jim Chapman hosted a BBC3 documentary about the ‘rise of the superstar vloggers*’ and Zoella – possibly one of the most recognisable faces of UK vlogging – hit 10 million subscribers, a fact that did not go unnoticed by the mainstream media.

It was disappointing to read one of my favourite media commentators, Roy Greenslade, speak so disparagingly about the young content creators who are changing the rules of the entertainment industry and building careers by being approachable, savvy and incredibly determined.

The first sign in the Evening Standard piece that Mr Greenslade really knew very little about the world he was criticising was when he selected a Zoella make-up tutorial to cynically break down into derogatory soundbites. (more…)

It’s crucial that we let young girls use social media with or without parental consent

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A new proposal has surfaced which would force under-16s in Europe to get parental consent in order to access social media, and people are quite rightly outraged. Everyone from the Huffington Post to MTV have reported on the reasons why this would put vulnerable young people at risk.

When I was a teenager we didn’t really have social media. MySpace was a thing in the UK and US but where I grew up (Ibiza – no, it’s not as cool as you might think) there was MSN messenger and a smattering of dodgy chat rooms, and that was about it until I went to university, flirted briefly with Facebook and then fell head over heels in love with Twitter, before discovering the wonders the rest of the social internet had to offer. (more…)

Breaking news: Man is attracted to woman for more than her physical appearance

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‘Forget boobs and long legs,’ says the Telegraph. ‘What men really look for in women’. It’s sadly unsurprising to me that the paper appears to be staffed by journalists who hitherto were of the opinion that “boobs and long legs” was all any man cared about when looking for any form of female partner. (more…)