Sunday, September 13, 2015

Annah Björk: Selfien as a feminist statement – Göteborgs-Posten

Selfie, selfie on the screen, Who fairest on the Web is. The social self-portrait has long been known as a confirmation apparatus for girls. Annah Birch think it is high time to upgrade selfien to a feminist political statement.

Once, not so long ago, was selfien yelled and embarrassing . Something for women in psychic imbalance or with an extreme confirmation thirst. Selfien was misogynist, accused of encouraging narcissism and even to seem repulsive from friends and family. No matter what, so is selfien now as well known as its practitioners. Everyone knows what childish word means and implies. Since his breakthrough with “Net Words” -utmärkelsen in Oxford Dictionaries 2013, the digital self-portrait become an integral part of – mainly – young people’s everyday life and communication. Apps like Facebook, Instagram and snapchat based largely on his own face communication.

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It’s time to delete idea of ​​selfien as something bad.
Otherwise, I lie in trouble. My own Instagram feed could invite a full exhibition of pictures of me me me. I cool places, I’m in a new hairstyles, with a cool interviewee. I alone, TINPOT and maybe a little melancholy. I’m at a party and as king of the world. Does that make me a narcissist? Nope. This is my life. So I want my network to see it, and the person I want them to interact with. Sometimes I try to upload something else than a picture of my little fejs, as a beautiful view or a funny sign. It does not give many likes. I put up the picture of a friend, it will not be many red hearts (mostly hens mom and our few mutual friends).

It is the repeated contact with avsändarpersonen in real time is the success factor of selfien. What occurs when a group of people start talking to each other by pictures of their own faces and bodies. Ideally, it should be completely authentic, it must itself take the photograph of themselves.

“It is also important that the image be published immediately. I’m crazy if there is something wrong with the internet so that the image does not come up. Like, “Here I stood and made a fool of me, and what do I get? The sacrifice of how foreigners perceive you, “says one of those who Lisa Ehlin, a doctoral student at the Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, interviewed for her research article The subversive selfie: Redefining the mediated subject . In the article she runs, leaning against including Foucault and Butler, the thesis that selfien in fact, is a subversive act, a political statement in the feminist room. Which exists thanks to the new technology and the mirror cameras in the phone.

To selfiens Status is on track to be upgraded, there are many other signs, even outside the academic world. September issue of the American magazine Interview, which was founded by Andy Warhol, is intitled “#The #Me Issue” and an entire issue dedicated to the love story between the new technology and the fashion world. The cover comes in eight different versions and completely lacks photographer and stylist. Instead, it is Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Zayn Malik and Mert Alas that has taken pictures of themselves that adorn magazine. Inside the magazine has 150 fashion personalities with successful Instagramkonton done the same thing. There is of course a little backwards when the print media adds digital content on their glossy pages – pictures of Interview are not selfies in its true sense because they can not interact with. I can not write “& lt; 3 & lt; 3 & lt; 3 awe !!!!” on Miley Cyrus’ image, just browse on. Or possibly take a picture of the magazine, post and tag up Miley. But it raises selfien – while equate Hollywood stars and top models with ordinary Swedish girls who like to interact in the same room with them.

On Instagram are all equal, in selfiens channels all bodies welcome. One can even beautify, reduce and enlarge selected parts of himself in the so-called “beautify apps”. Or, if you’re famous and you want to have the same effect, publish a picture without makeup. It is the very freedom that there is no editor or advertiser who sets the standard for what is beautiful or effective that created the democratic and feminist room. There is no longer a male filters to pass and satisfying. The power is completely on young women taking selfien, and those who interact with them. One way to express themselves, “an aesthetic form of resistance,” writes Derek Conrad Murray at the University of California-Santa Cruz Art and Visual Culture. The male gaze is overlooked, it is not even in the social channels to the same extent as the female and if they are, it does not address the pictures to them. Selfien is usually women who are communicating with women. A forum where women are allowed to love themselves and are encouraged to be proud of what they are.

A clear example is Zara Larsson, who manage to provoke so many (especially men) just by ignoring the intermediaries and communicate straight with their audience. When it pops up magic in the comment box on her Instagram is almost exclusively men who muddled through and become so terribly provoked that they have to write off his shit. A similar picture of posturing stylish girl in the magazine plåtad of female photographer had not triggered the reactions. But Zara Larsson and her sisters continued to mail to each other.

Recent months has selfiebilderna gone even further when it comes to taking control of their own bodies and the right to express themselves with it. Zara Larsson is one of those who post pictures of herself topless so it can be without being banned from the app. Other artists are active in Free the nipple – a campaign that would avsexualisera the female body and equate it with the male.

Men who post selfies then? Yes, but that’s a whole other article. According to research by Jesse Fox at Ohio State University, men tend to post a lot selfies to often be narcissists. Yes, even psychopaths.

What is a selfie?

Selfie is a photographic self-portraits, often taken with a handheld digital camera or mobile phone. A selfie can be published on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. The term selfie coined in 2005 and joined the Oxford Dictionaries Online’s quarterly update in 2013.


It is usually women who take selfies and communicates with other women. A forum where women are allowed to love themselves and are encouraged to be proud of who they are without having to pass through and satisfy any male filters. Annah Birch writes about the digital självporträttets newfound status.


Annah Birch is a journalist and writes about popular culture. Wrote later about the hacker culture vs. the graffiti world.


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