Gendered Cyberbullying : A Woman 's Reputation And Representation

1620 Words Nov 17th, 2016 7 Pages
When 18-year-old American actress and singer Ariel Winter posted a picture to Instagram of her and her nieces in which she was wearing a two-piece swimsuit, she received a barrage of hateful comments on the social media website and application, most of which suggested that she was “asking for it” and that contained derogatory words such as “slut” in reference to her attire (Kimble). Winter’s experience is simply one of many such instances on the social photo sharing application and website Instagram, where women are consistently “slut shamed” for the pictures they post of themselves. Slut shaming is defined as the notion where a woman’s reputation and representation is studied closely as a form of discipline through the codes of sexual conduct (Ringrose). Psychosocially, it symbolizes a dynamic where jealousy is converted into a venue for socially accepted criticism of a woman’s expression of her sexuality (Ringrose). In recent times, the blame for the rise of such gendered cyberbullying has been placed on social networking applications such as Instagram. In conversation with Riane Eisler, Brie Mathers, director of the Love the Skin You’re In organization, explains that childhood has been digitally transformed, and that youth are constantly exposed to media images. She describes this as the dominant force in their life (Eisler). Instagram ranks among the top sites for cyberbullying (Hosseinmardi). Concerns over Instagram as a platform for slut shaming and other forms of…

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