First it was MySpace, then it was Facebook, and now it’s Instagram. Less than ten years ago we shared photos of ourselves  living it up in our daily lives unto MySpace, innocently (for most) and as time progressed the pictures have gotten raunchier and raunchier with every new social media app. Between taking pictures of ourselves in the bathroom and taking pictures of our favorite body parts while laying in bed, it’s obvious that some of us are asking for a certain kind of attention. Are we models in training, looking to be discovered or simply in need of attention? Yes, it’s true, we live in a overly sexualized society where we have reality stars who don’t ever get enough attention and post pictures of their assets for the world to “see how their costumes fit.” Cough, cough, Kim Kardashian. But, when do we leave the modeling for the ughhh, models? Now I definitely don’t think there is anything wrong with sharing photos of me and my friends being silly, posing as if we were high fashion models in our Sunday’s best, but it ends there. In an age where contact information is more accessible than it’s ever been, putting out inappropriate pictures of myself to look sexy or to “get discovered” is simply unsafe and for lack of better words, “thirsty.” Us women, give men such a hard time for being either overly aggressive or even a stalker, but when do we take the responsibility of what we put out? Look, I get it. Everyone wants their five minutes of fame Andy Warhol believes we are all entitled to, but, really, at what expense? What you give is what you get and if taking scantily clad pictures of myself and filtering it up for the most likes, new followers, and adoring comments, then, please, just shoot me.

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  1. “Us women, give men such a hard time for being either overly aggressive or even a stalker, but when do we take the responsibility of what we put out?”

    Really? I guarantee you if all women covered up, these aggressive men and stalkers would be no different. Just look at communities were women MUST be dressed conservatively…

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  2. I am definitely not one for constant pic taking! I do have a friend who will even take pics while she’s working out! I love her, but that’s just crazy. Besides, no one is really interested in your new manicure, your cute new puppy or what you were eating for breakfast.

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  3. i mean

    Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram are used as tools for narcissism, people like to be seen. That being said, if you don’t like what you see unfriend them

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  4. omg YES!!! i am so sick of women claiming to be a damn model simply because they take pictures of themselves bending over on facebook.

    stahp it!!!

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  5. Chillyroad

    I get the criticism of nasty pics but I like the idea of Instagram twitter Facebook YouTube etc. it gives a voice and an opportunity to a lot of people who wouldn’t have it. Granted there are millions of wackos on the Internet but then Jesus was a “wacko.” I’d imagine if he were around today he wouldn’t be on Fox News CNN or MSNBC but online.

    Speaking of these modelling photos I say as black women we should support it. If Instagram has to be the new modelling agency so be it. The elites agencies have discriminated against black women. We can use Instagram and the like to go our own way maybe even start our own agencies based on photos of the best. Why leave it in the hands of people who have discriminated against us?

    Blacks should support the further democritization of society via the Internet. Who knows, the next black super model could come from Instagram. Look at what you tube did for Justin beiber.

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