So I’ve waited and waited to chime in on this…
Like most of Twitter, I read Vanity Fair’s nauseating “America’s Tweethearts” article. No disrespect to writer Vanessa Grigoriadis, but who was this article written for?
Words and phrases like “Tweetheart”, “twilebrity”, “tweeple”, “Twitformation Superhighway”, “tweep”, ““Twitterholic” and “Twidower” are as inappropriate as a white person using terms like “fly”, “homeboy” and “brother” to be accepted in a group of a black people. Seriously, who are these people who think it’s OK to add “tw-” to the beginning of words to make them cool? #notagoodlook
True, the article is written in the voice of a 14-year old fan-girl, but that’s not the point. Here’s my real question:
What the hell do raincoats and stilettos have to do with Twitter? Are they “making it rain”? It’s winter. Surely they should at least be in peacoats. Or, hey, they’re business people? Why not wear business suits or business casual outfits? Isn’t Twitter about being different? Why does this photo make them all look the same?
So I assumed, from the title, that this article was going to be about the women in the picture, but they’re rarely even mentioned. Seriously, was the whole point of putting the chicks in the trench coats and heels just to have eye candy? Would it not have been just as practical, if not better, to have individual pics of each woman, in their own environment that portrayed their life and Twtter-style, so that I could get to know each other them as a human being, and not as another plastic Barbie doll? Like, I don’t follow any of these women, and I don’t have any reason to now, especially since now they’re just nameless mannequins.
Last year, I wrote my article about how “self-hate isn’t sexy” after sitting in a session where a group of women complained that it’s hard to be a woman in the world of social media if you’re not beautiful and blond…and, apparently (since this article has some out), white. At the time, I reacted by writing the “self-hate isn’t sexy” article, saying that there’s no way that anyone can tell a woman what she can and cannot do, and that saying that using one’s womanhood as an excuse to not succeed is a form of self-hate.
Sadly, Vanity Fair’s article only feeds more into the insecurities of women in social media. How can I help to empower women while outsiders, people not even immensely in the world of Twitter, or the “Twitersphere” as they would ignorantly call it, hand down judgments of what and who are “cool” and “hip” in a world that they don’t understand.
I stand by my belief that self-hate is not sexy, but I’ll add that giving in to the media monster and feeding into the stereotypes that keep women behind locked glass doors is #notagoodlook.