Guess what? It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s another Wittering Wednesday… I have said in the previous posts (link to all previous posts) I like to write and I hope you guys like to read it but I know that beauty review after beauty review may get a little monotonous; therefore I thought I would start a new series on my blog to break up the reviews. You can see from the linked posts above that this has been going on for a few weeks now, so feel free to go check out the other posts for a catch up. Also here is the disclaimer type thing again, so you don’t all think I am being a massive know it all… I want to point out that whatever ‘topic’ it is they will be my views, thoughts and opinions, I am in no way saying what is wrong or what is right; horses for courses and all that. They will be my thoughts and my experiences and I am open to any kind of discussion about these in the comments so feel free to leave your thoughts and experiences. Shall we get on with it then?
If like me you’re a young woman (stop laughing, I’m still a year away from 30) I’m sure there are issues that you speak about with your friends; issues such as current affairs, politics, feminism and such. I’m sure these stir up debates and you learn something from them, or that you take away a little bit of knowledge or a different perspective of things. To me knowledge is power and I love discussing issues, reading the news and finding out information on things to form my own opinions and to take away information on subjects that matter. Don’t get me wrong I also love to read blogs and look at fashion/beauty; I love knowing about new releases & how products work. I love to discus and write about all kinds of things here on my blog, whether that’s issues young women face or a new lipstick release. And I absolutely 100% love writing about issues, mostly because it gives me the chance to engage with you all and find out what you think. Not only that but every now and then I get a tweet or email saying that XYZ post made them look at something differently, or made them take notice of the issue. What saddens me is that many more people don’t write/speak about issues or try to educate people and make them aware.
Many bloggers/youtubers are in amazing positions to raise awareness on subjects to the young women who idolise them, yet don’t. Say if you had 500,000 readers/subscribers and most of these were young women (aged 12-18) wouldn’t you want to try engage with them on the things that really matter every now & then? I know I would and do (although my readers aren’t in those high numbers and are aged 20-40). Previously I have written about body image, homelessness and smear tests – not very fitting on a beauty blog but so what? If I can raise awareness of something important to me to one person then I sure as hell will. I will use my platform for good every once in a while. What saddens me is that many don’t. I want to see bloggers and youtubers that are in a position to educate do just that every once in a while. Is that too much to ask? These people are idolised by so many young people that if they wrote/vlogged about feminism/FGM/smears/politics once in a while they could really make a difference. And no, I don’t mean in ways that benefit them; sponsored content, celebrity offerings. Is it really too much to ask?
I don’t think that people think about the reach they have, nor the silly things they say which these young girls take as gospel. Sitting and saying things like you hated school, there’s no point in it – this really disgusts me. Education is key, especially for young girls. Many young girls around the world don’t have the opportunity to go to school. By saying silly things that you are encouraging some young minds to give up on education. I see irresponsible tweet after irresponsible blog post after irresponsible YT video and it’s disturbing; giving young minds the wrong outlook on issues or life, such as starving yourself, being lazy and demeaning certain jobs. If someone was chatting to your younger sibling and telling them school was a waste of time you would be pretty unhappy right?
It would be amazing to see a female blog/YouTube role model actually make use of their status to raise awareness in a way that’s not just upping their status. It would be inspiring to see someone with sway take an educated stand on something. I would be floored to see someone who’s looked up to use their words for more than just another marketing spiel. I want to see opinionated mouthpieces, not marketing mouthpieces every once in a while. Why is it that everything has to be sunshine & unicorns all the time and not educational awareness raising content that may well be hard hitting? We have minds and I would like to see them used for the greater (unselfish) good by the ones who can really grab young peoples attention. What do you think? Would this type of content every once in a while be a good thing, or just providing incorrect information?