One of the phrases an influencer is most likely to spout is “women support women” but if you take a second to think it through it’s a deeply flawed slogan that isn’t helpful for society.
It’s basically a way of saying women shouldn’t have an opinion and should stay in their lane. We don’t ask men to support men, we ask them to question, argue, discuss, investigate and challenge each other.
Rosie Ramsey has recently started spouting to her 400k+ followers that women should support women in an outburst against the forum tattle life. This was posted after joining all the instamums, including brummy mummy of 2, for a book launch. Users were quick to point out the hypocrisy as Rosie was until recently recording herself mocking the instamums that she now appears to have joined sides with. Rosie made a grid post that was deleted after a few hours about tattle life that was calling users dicks, while also saying you need to be kind to everyone.
Why should you support someone just because of their genitalia? Who does that help?
Social media female influencers use women support women to mean “you women should support me, while I try to sell you stuff”. This support is not reciprocal from the Instagram sellers, all they care about is being paid in cash and gifts (that aren’t taxed by HMRC) to try to make other women part with their cash.
For influencers it’s not actually women supporting women; It’s influencer supporting influencer. You come to my book launch and post about it then I’ll go to yours and post about it. Using the word book with an influencer is pretty generous as it’s mostly nothing more than merchandise that people buy because someone has online fame rather than any literary prowess.
Its big business on Instagram as an account with 50’000 followers are making 6 figures a year. Can you imagine if a business publically berated people for not buying their products?
Lots of these influencers are damaging as they show a wholely unrealistic and unachievable life. They can only afford all these holidays and high end products as they are advertised to sell to you and me. It’s not as easy as just saying unfollow as that doesn’t stop the culture of unrealistic expectations existing.
A viewer left a comment on the Gleam Futures signed tallent Inthefrow that they felt suicidal after watching Victoria Magrath on her gifted holiday to the Maldives. Victoria replied to say she’s sorry someone feels like that and they should unfollow, but does that really stop the culture of in your face prevalent advertising from people pretending to be your friend?
Women on social media are #GIRLBOSS and #BUSINESSWOMEN until the moment they receive anything other than gushing praise for their business. Then it’s called trolling, bullying and plays on the damaging stereotype of a weak defenceless woman. The women on instagram get away with it because people are constantly told women should support women.
Lydia Elise Millen is often calling for women to support women, her content is mainly high-end brands and holidays that she’s been gifted along with showing her million-pound Northamptonshire bungalow. She also has a home account called @lydiamillenhome which is very effective for getting high-end appliances and other furnishings gifted tax-free in exchange for a post.
However she’s often found criticising brands and people that don’t support her, while always calling for people to be kind and support each other. A tattle life user penned this response to her after one of her public posts that caused her followers to target someone.
Do influencers support their followers? They seem to do the opposite as their job is to shrill products from multinationals for people to buy with money they don’t have. It’s very common for people to get into debt and have feelings of inadequacy due to all the selling on social media from women that mascarade as a friend.
The suicide rate for both men and women has been increasing in recent years. I think as a society we would all benefit from supporting people that need it.
If influencers want 100% positive comments they need to stop putting themselves in the public eye for attention and lock down their profiles to just family and friends.
It’s very easy to be at the top of the pyramid and then tell everyone beneath you how to behave. But are they doing it to benefit themselves rather than society?
Should you support women that have been convicted of heinous crimes? Where do you draw the line over someone that shouldn’t be supported? Do men have to blindly support men?
I’ll support whomever I want to, you won’t automatically be my ally because we share a gender.
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