Selfies Reflected in Your Eyes / Hyperallergic

Sunglasses selfie with fellow Hyperallergic writer Ben Valentine (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

Sunglasses selfie with fellow Hyperallergic writer Ben Valentine (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — Your selfies are a visual wonderland. This week’s images touch on boredom, mother-daughter relationships, photo booth self-portraits as predecessors of the selfie, webcam-induced mirror reflections, and plain old internet “weirdness” that borders on creepy. But first, this week’s busy selfie news beat.

Anonymous, a project 21-year-old Lindsay Bottos, considers the types of hateful anonymous messages that the artist has received via her Tumblr, specifically in response to selfies that she posts. Sadly, this is par for the course for young women and feminine-gendered people who are active on Tumblr. Bottos has paired the comments with the photographs to create a responsive feminist art project. As she told Buzzfeed: “The act of women taking selfies is inherently feminist, especially in a society that tries so hard to tell women that our bodies are projects to be worked on and a society that profits off of the insecurities that it perpetuates.” Bottos says she has also received many affirming messages, not just reactionary hate mail. The project is still in progress, but once complete, it will provide a snapshot of the type of anonymous internet trolling that young women growing up online experience today, often times alone behind their computers.

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