Essena O'Neill is showing exactly how far life on social media is from real life—and she's getting support from Kayla Itsines and other fitspo stars.
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She added that she took hours trying for the best, most flattering shot and then edited it in three separate apps to get it just right. The two are often mentioned in celebrity magazines. This practice is very indicative of low self-esteem. A friend of mine is using your essay in his high school philosophy class today; he works at an all-girls school, so its message will be doubly important, and the feedback he gets doubly interesting.
The woman is slim and young. But the disgust at the moral failures of kids today, with their iPhones and their Instagrams is a gendered disgust — it is disgust for bodies whose worth is determined not by those who inhabit them, but by those who look at them.