Living in 2018, being surrounded by everyday human rights fights, confronting the topic of ‘word’ freedom and other ‘open-minded’ actions, people are still into that judgement culture. It is true that there are thousands people leaving negatively judging comments on social media, especially, under the pictures which expose nudity. Moreover, those judged photos belong to the female users in 90% cases. People leaving comments saying that woman should not post naked selfies and that she could offer way more rather than just a body. Sometimes it starts to seem that people can not accept what others do with their own bodies and sexuality. The majority really has to get bogged with all the menacing comments.
In order to understand better this social media ‘nudity criticism’ phenomenon, it is crucial to know how it was all started. It began with the most polarizing figures in pop culture – Kim Kardashian, when she posted a nude selfie on her twitter account. This action attracted a lot of controversial conversations and harsh comments. It is important to admit that Kim Kardashian was one of the first women who broke the boundaries of perfect bodies and let women with no skinny supermodel shaped bodies to feel also attractive and sexy. Therefore, the question which arises in current discussion is how it is possible that the woman who has been always talking about body’s imperfections was judged for posting her own nude selfie?
“I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.” – Kim Kardashian.
Another contemporary case of body performance on social media space is candid self-made pictures of photographer Emma Grunner. She has been taking naked photos of herself on the compact camera since 2013. She perceives her work as it has nothing to do with body positivism or feminism. She is particularly interested in the viewer reaction, when posting her nude selfies on Instagram. Grunner’s extremely sexualized self-portraits are crucial to understand how the nature of self-representation according to the contemporary viewer in the digital era.
‘I feel like I’m protected by the work. It’s not about being brave, not for one second. It might have been difficult showing the first naked pic but it’s really nothing. It’s not because I love every single bit of my body. I just really like how revealing my comfort might make other people awkward. It has absolutely made me comfortable with my body image.’ – Emma Grunner (Interview with T. Cox, 2016)
Nowadays, in the age of revenge porn, people are not getting excited or ‘turned on’ by looking on nude selfie. There are thousand of images shared non-consensually daily on the digital spaces. People who stand behind those images get judged and ashamed constantly, meanwhile the pictures themselves do not have anything to do with pornographic content, it is just the way to explore a the body, to accept yourself and to have an optioned how you want to be viewed. People who decide to expose their nudity across the internet should not be harassed and brought down by the opinion of others.