Every culture has rules that demonstrate what is right and what is wrong. Alluding as it does to the existence of irrational forces with a hidden societal or psychological logic, the notion of taboo is one of the central themes in surrealist art and literature.
In this new sociocultural constellation, emancipation is thought to consist in freeing ourselves from socially induced restrictions and unlocking all forbidden desires. But the truth is – we are living in fear, trapped in a mindset of conformity with regard to what we believe to be acceptable topics of discussion. The only way for us to tackle the taboo and reduce the harrowing statistics is to initiate a conversation where everyone is invited to join.
Today we have the resources at hand to make whatever we desire a global talking point at the click of a button. So the question must be asked- do we choose to continue struggling with the cultural taboo? Or instead of shying away from the no-go topics, is it time to face them head-on? Ignore the hype that we’re all becoming more superficial and narcissistic because of our obsession with social media. The picture sharing site and its ilk is full of “influencers” who encourage open conversation for all the taboo issues.
The nudist couples of Instagram
This community of influencers is hoping to show the world what naturism is. These couples are famous for traveling while in a buff and taking pictures of their naked adventures for their social media channel, promoting naturism.
The period Propaganda
Menstruation is the latest trend and the influencers are sparking outrage over the conversation. Silence around menstruation may be far from broken, but it’s definitely showing cracks. Just search #periods or #menstruation and you won’t believe the amount of taboo-busting accounts that celebrate and normalizes periods- one double tap a time.
Social media as career
The job is to look effortless; to look like it’s the most fun ever and it’s never a job. But, it is a JOB! People are not waiving all social norms for the sake of rebellion, they are seriously considering what makes them happiest and figure out ways to make that work- “A Real Job”. Today the social media is a desired career option and is breaking every stereotype.
Loving your appearance is hard. It often seems like everywhere we look, we’re being told we’re not good enough. Not thin enough, not pretty enough , not curvy enough. But the tide is slowly starting to change. A number of growing influencers are pushing back against society’s ideals and sticking two fingers up to the physical pressures engrained in so many of us.
For the LGBT identifying influencers, there’s a whole other level of openness that comes with running a large online platform. Whether it’s coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or as an ally, countless influencers have helped advance the movement for equality. Their stories on social media have become a source of education and inspiration for people on the LGBTQ+ spectrum who deserve to see influential figures who look and live like them.
Boasting the power to reach millions of consumers, the creative influencers use social media networks to engage with followers and contribute to cause. Also, because they are followed by millions, these social media stars are in a position to enact real change.