Culture

Apparently, Snapchat Filters Are ‘Problematic’

(Thomas White/Reuters)
What’s unacceptable about making yourself appear more attractive in photos?

According to a column on PopSugar, the fact that some Snapchat filters can make you look more attractive is “problematic.”

In the piece, entitled “Why Snapchat Filters Are More Problematic Than Pretty,” Aimee Simeon writes that she liked Snapchat before the filters, because it was then that she “flaunted [her] most authentic self.” Later, when the filters came out, she did like some of them — like the “frightening bunny” one — but found that others “were a little more troubling.”

“Troubling,” because they made people look more attractive.

“At the press of a button, my rounded cheeks and nose are suddenly contoured and chiseled. Every pimple and imperfection vanishes — and I am no longer me,” she writes. “Instead, I’m transformed into a thinner, more refined version of myself . . . the more ‘socially desirable’ me.”

“As I hold my phone to my face, I wonder what someone who is actually self-conscious of his or her nose, lips, and weight feel [sic] seeing these features being altered,” she continues.

Does society put a lot of pressure on women to look perfect all the time? Yes, it does — and that’s something I reject. I’m far from a person who “gets ready” to go out every day. After all, I don’t want to hang out with anyone who wouldn’t want to hang out with me because my hair extensions aren’t always clipped in, or because I almost always choose to wear flats, boots, or even slippers instead of heels. (Let’s face it: I like to be able to jump around.)

But Snapchat filters? I love them. I mean — I really, really love them. They’re so freeing! I can walk around looking like Bon Jovi (as I sometimes do) and still post a selfie without anyone ever knowing! I can have a giant zit on my chin, and cover it up with a flower sticker or even an American-flag one, if I’m feeling patriotic. The truth is, I kind of look like a young McCauley Culkin without makeup on, and it’s nice to be able to transform that face into a lush-lashed angelic one at the press of a button if I feel like it.

The key words there, of course, are “if I feel like it.” I don’t always use filters, because I don’t always care. It just depends on my mood, and I think that most people feel that way. Simeon says she often finds herself “thinking about the people using the catfish filter who would prefer to look like their retouched self,” and I just have to ask: Why would they be using the filter then? It’s not like they’re being forced to do so. People use them because they like them — and believe it or not, it’s actually a decision that each individual is more than capable of making for herself.

And as for the whole unrealistic expectations thing? Literally everyone understands that literally no one actually looks the way Snapchat filters make them look. Honestly, whenever I see anyone’s Snapchat-filtered photo, I just mentally add a few wrinkles and zits. Using filters to look hotter is just something that’s kind of fun — and honestly, there’s nothing “problematic” about that.

Most Popular

Elections

Kamala Harris Runs for Queen

I’m going to let you in on a secret about the 2020 presidential contest: Unless unforeseen circumstances lead to a true wave election, the legislative stakes will be extremely low. The odds are heavily stacked against Democrats’ retaking the Senate, and that means that even if a Democrat wins the White House, ... Read More
Energy & Environment

The Climate Trap for Democrats

The more the climate debate changes, the more it stays the same. Polls show that the public is worried about climate change, but that doesn’t mean that it is any more ready to bear any burden or pay any price to combat it. If President Donald Trump claws his way to victory again in Pennsylvania and the ... Read More
Culture

What We’ve Learned about Jussie Smollett

It’s been a few weeks since March 26, when all charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and the actor declared that his version of events had been proven correct. How’s that going? Smollett’s celebrity defenders have gone quiet. His publicists and lawyers are dodging reporters. The @StandwithJussie ... Read More
Politics & Policy

But Why Is Guatemala Hungry?

I really, really don’t want to be on the “Nicolas Kristof Wrote Something Dumb” beat, but, Jiminy Cricket! Kristof has taken a trip to Guatemala, with a young woman from Arizona State University in tow. “My annual win-a-trip journey,” he writes. Reporting from Guatemala, he discovers that many ... Read More
Politics & Policy

On Painting Air Force One

And so it has come to this. Two oil tankers were just attacked in the Gulf of Oman, presumably by Iran. The United States and China are facing off in a confrontation that is about far more than trade. The southern border remains anarchic and uncontrolled. And Congress is asking: “Can I get the icon in ... Read More
White House

Sarah Sanders to Resign at End of June

Sarah Huckabee Sanders will resign from her position as White House press secretary at the end of the month, President Trump announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1139263782142787585 Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, succeeded Sean ... Read More