In the spirit of lucidity that Carefree White Girl
promotes, I'm going to take a look at some of the images that flow across my dashboard on a daily basis.
I follow a lot of RSS feeds. A lot. This is why some of my friends don't call me a big Internet user; they say that I am
the Internet. I'm quite good at staying on top of the development of strange subcultures and undercurrents online.
Many of those feeds are image feeds. This is largely because images can be consumed in a split second and then I can move on unless there is something particularly compelling. I'm all about efficiency.
And because I'm a tiny bit gay (nah, I'm significantly gay), a fair number of those feeds are Tumblrs that post nearly exclusively pretty girls. Often naked girls. Many flavours of pretty girls, in fact. Tumblr loves pretty girls, and so do I, for reasons which I hope are self-evident (they're pretty girls!).
But Carefree White Girl has taught me (and so has my Masters in art history I suppose) to critically analyze these images. What do they mean, and perhaps more importantly, what are they doing to me?
Hence, an aspirational girl-photo of the day. I make no promises that this will be daily. Or even regular. I only just thought of this idea anyway.
And if you have an eating disorder, beware of triggering. The only thing crueler than other girls is photos of other girls.
A girl's legs in ripped tights in a classroom. Look at them: bowed, doelike. You almost can't notice the legwarmers bunching near the bottom, but they add some slight mass to greater emphasize the narrow adolescence of these legs. It's only not an upskirt photo because it's too dark. That skirt is short. The hem of a baggy brown sweater, and you already know what kind of outfit she's wearing. Her tiny body is swimming in oversized clothing, with just those willowy legs emerging from beneath. I surmise that she has some seriously perky itty bitty titties.
What is she doing in an empty classroom? Nothing good, judging from the tights. She's a rebel. Maybe she's meeting a teacher for a forbidden encounter. He wants her to leave the skirt on, I'm sure.
But the main lesson from this image is: stop eating, your legs are too fat
. These legs are not achieved via exercise, I can tell you that much. These are just god-or-starvation-given stems. Those thighs do not touch each other when her knees are together.
And that's what I learned from this photo.