The Catch-22 of iMedia
Lots of issues at play here — female body image; preganancy & post-pregnancy body image; fat-shaming; fit-shaming; unrealistic media/cultural depictions of beauty … and the role of social media.
Do you think the allshare nature of social media enables this ‘fat/fit-shaming’ to take place on a larger scale, affecting more people?
Short answer- yes
Before, body envy and fat/fit-shaming was limited to the people you saw every day, your friends and family. Now, you can share ‘yourselfie’ with the public at large, and that public is more than willing to share back, be it positive or negative.
That is the very nature of the beast that is social media. While things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. allow you to connect and share in unprecedented ways, it is that open nature that opens the door to feedback - both positive and negative.