While I certainly hope most of us aren’t nearly as abusive and mean as the individuals in this story, I’m sure we all do, to some degree. Even though we never really dared to hit ‘send’, how many times have you thought about going online with something or someone? Or how many times have you contributed to this reality simply by ‘liking’ a comment that did it for you?
My intent with this article is certainly not to condemn online interaction, but instead hopefully to inspire you to think about whether your online self is a match for the one we would meet in person.
Sara Petty is a 20-year-old woman who, like so many of us, is deeply involved in the social media world. She has amassed quite a following through Facebook , Twitter and her Blog , especially on Twitter where she has over 20,000 followers.
She is currently a student at Bowling Green State University in Sunbury, Ohio. She was tired of seeing women being told what to wear and what not to wear on social media based on their weight. Rather than do nothing and accept these injustices, Sara decided in a great way to be proactive and do something about it.
Although Sara herself had never received any hateful comments, she decided to post a series of 4 photos to encourage women to ignore this unnecessary judging and wear whatever they wanted, regardless of their sizes. Here are the four photos:
Her item has rightly gone viral as thousands of people stood behind Sara to remind women to be themselves and not to be put down by inconsistent online opinions. And that seems to align perfectly with her intentions, which she revealed to the Huffington Post :
“I had seen a tweet from someone who said 100-pound girls shouldn’t wear bikinis. I did some quick research and found a few other similar tweets, so I decided I could do my part to fight body embarrassment wherever I could…”
I also hope girls have the ability to tell who they are from the number on the scale and realize that no number, high or low, dictates whether you’re worthy of feeling beautiful. Body embarrassment will probably always be there in some way, but I hope my item helps at least a few women feel beautiful despite that.”
Personally, I love to see social media used in this way, and I hope Sara’s publication inspires more women to spread the message of acceptance and self-love rather than condemnation and hatred.