It’s a Girl Thing.
I have a thousand things I could blog about at any one time; for the purpose of this blog I am going to be word-count-conscious and just pick a couple (or three) of them.
Meghan and Harry or Harry and Meghan – if they want to live a life outside of the Royal Family (for whatever reason) so be it. As long as they are financially independent surely that’s fine. I am a Royalist and know our country benefits financially from having a Queen and all the things that go with that (visitors come especially to see changing of the guard and Buck House etc.) but fewer Royals to support gets my vote.
Instagram ‘influencers’ – many of the ‘faces’ of Instagram and other social media are fat-lipped, wide-eyed, long-haired, cartoon-character females. Those 3 inch long eyelashes, harshly pencilled eyebrows, super-long hair-extension Barbie dolls are just a fad (I hope). Of course they flaunt their long legs, cleavages and pouts – and of course some men are taken in by this.
What is ridiculous is the coverage this is getting just now. To flaunt one-self and then cry ‘He’s offering to pay me £1000, poor me’ is either very, very naive or very, very vain. To say they are being exploited is just bonkers. Exploited is when you are abducted or imported to a country and then used as a slave; sex slaves are one thing, promoting yourself (often in a provocative pose) and being offered expensive gifts or money is not exploitation. You know what you are doing and you can say ‘No’. Someone being exploited (for sex or work or anything) cannot say ‘No’.
Love Island – whilst watching a feature on the above, an ‘agent’ mentioned a ‘Love Island’ participant who, after spending the money they made whilst on the programme, was approached by a rich male offering her money for intimacy. Firstly, after being on the programme surely she knew what intimacy means – so wasn’t exactly being exploited but was given a choice to say yes or no? Secondly, the ‘agent’ who was speaking about this case intimated the female was a ‘victim’ because she had spent her money, and, without taking offers such as this, she ‘Would have to get a normal job’. What??? Shock, horror – imagine having to get a normal job, how awful? Most of us have normal jobs and guess what…we don’t for a minute consider ourselves victims. I consider myself ‘privileged’ to have always been in a normal/proper job – it meant I could earn my own money and support myself.
On my – am I moaning? Am I unsympathetic? No, I just think there are bigger things out there to discuss than a couple who have decided to move away from the UK and (mainly) Barbie dolls who are feeling exploited…or are they? It’s a damn good way to get even more PR for these ‘influencers’ after all!
Looking for common sense in any situation is Just (this) Girl’s Thing I guess!
PS Isn’t it funny how these topics are all linked by instagram? Social Media really is the place to be – or is it? What are your thoughts?