Samm Newman posted the picture that you see on the side of this blog post on Instagram. This was the second time Samm posted a somewhat revealing picture of her self on that site. She posted the second picture on Instagram because she wanted to join other plus-sized women using the hashtags #pizzasisters4lyfe and #bodylove to share messages of body positivity and create a space of inclusion on the social network. However, Samm’s picture was removed from Instagram due to a violation of Instagram’s community guidelines.
“Don’t share photos or videos that show nudity or mature content. If you wouldn’t show the photo or video you are thinking about uploading to a child, or your boss, or your parents, you probably shouldn’t share it on Instagram. The same rule applies to your profile photo. Accounts found sharing nudity or mature content will be disabled and your access to Instagram may be discontinued.”
Samm Newman looked through several pictures on Instagram to see how her picture was so inappropriate that it had to be removed. She thousands of pictures of thin, conventionally attractive women, in the same amount of clothing that Newman wore.
Samm enlisted the help of a friend to report these pictures since they violated Instagram’s community guidelines. However, these pictures were never removed. Instead, it was Samm’s account that was deactivated!
“I was crying, I was so devastated,” Newman said. “I contacted Instagram relentlessly for help, and I basically felt like message I got was to shut up and go away, so that’s when I decided to go to the media.” (Source:Thinkprogress.org)
Newman was crush. Instagram was once a place where she could embrace her body and bond with other plus-sized women. But not anymore. “All my life, I was told to suck it in, and I would see these commercials on TV every day of these Victoria Secret models who weighed just nothing,” Newman said.
Newman contacted a local NBC4 reporter to talk about what happened. She called out Instagram’s double standard and accused them of size discrimination.
In the wake of the negative press, Instagram released the following statement.
“We are truly sorry for our mistake here. When reviewing reported content from the Instagram community, we don’t always get it right. As soon as we were made aware, we restored the content.”
Source of news and image: http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2014/07/17/3460951/plus-sized-teen-fights-back-against-instagram
The Bigger Picture (No Pun Intended)
This story is a reminder of how shallow society is. Society demands us to be thin, to wear fancy clothes, and for men to be clean shaven. Society tries to shame and exclude those who do not fit their standard of beauty.
Why Is Society So Shallow?
This is a loaded question and I really don’t know why. But in my opinion, it could be a number of factors. One factor is that the media has brainwashed us with unrealistic expectations of beauty. The media has brainwashed women to look a certain way, and the media has convinced men that “this is what you want.” Of course, have also been brainwashed to look a certain way as well.
I also blame the parents of our generation as well. There are many parents out there who are deeply insecure themselves, so they project their insecurities onto their children. When you combine the media brainwashing society with unrealistic standards and parents projecting their insecurities onto their children, it’s no wonder why girls (and some guys as well) starve themselves to look thin. Also, it’s no wonder why where we live in a society where appearance is everything.