Sunday, 23 March 2014

#NoMakeupSelfie

Remember Nek Nominations? (If not check it out here) From this, has stemmed RAK Nominations and now "no makeup selfie" nominations. Anyone using social media over the last week can't fail to have noticed a flurry of photos featuring women with no makeup on.

I've got very mixed feelings. I'm all for donating to charity; however I prefer to do this anonymously and by my own choosing. This new trend is very similar to that of NekNominate, in regards to giving the nominees 24 hours to post a picture of them self without makeup on. Talk about pressure, right?

I think raising awareness for any charity is great, and the amount of money raised so far is fantastic, but there are a lot more charities around than just Cancer Research. Though nobody seems to know where the idea came from (although Cancer Research UK have stated it isn't their campaign), the rule seemed to be that women post their picture and then nominate other female friends to do the same with all posting that the photos were to raise awareness of cancer. If women not wearing makeup is deemed as brave and courageous when held against cancer, it does say quite a bit about society today.

A makeup free selfie doesn't raise awareness like reading Cancer Research UK's latest statistics would, and hashtagging doesn't exactly provide a crash course in checking for lumps. I do think it's great that young women want to involve themselves in fighting cancer, but in stripping bare to be aware, we seem to resemble going makeup free to breast cancer. A "we're all in this together" ideology. But there's a big a difference between breast cancer and a makeup free face.

What matters is that this campaign has generated a huge amount of additional donations to charity. What is tiresome is people using it as an excuse either to post a selfie without feeling too narcissistic, or others who just post a picture of themselves and nothing else, no mention of the donation bit. Of course there are those who donate anonymously, but I don't know many who don't speak about their good deeds of donating. It is not enough to do good; one must be seen to be doing good. Point, click, hashtag, share, feel good.


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  1. It's really refreshing to read a different take on this trend. One I agree with. I donated and didn't post a 'selfie' something I was questioned over. Too many people a trend unfortunately. The money raised is fantastic but if only it was done like this from the beginning xx

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    1. Personally I praise people more for donating but don't publicise it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course, but I'm glad you can see where I'm coming from :)

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  2. I definitely agree with this, as so many people only donate if they're being praised or seen doing it. I try to do good in little ways, but I try not to post about it. I feel as though my good deed will shine more in my heart if I don't look to others for approval or praise once doing it.
    I do see how social media can spread the word about good deeds, inspiring others to get involved, but I'm certainly not going to post "I donated x amount of money to this" etc.

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    1. I'm the same, little good deeds here and there :) No one necessarily needs to know about them, so I praise you more for doing that (rather than a person who brags about how much good they claim to do). Social media does indeed spread the word quicker than any other way, but even just saying "I donated" is much better than stating the amount! As stated above, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I'm glad you can relate to this post. :)

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  3. I have really split opinions about this - I'm all for raising money and awareness, and of course there are lots of charities but if so many people can help one out then surely that's a good thing.

    The feminist in me also thinks it's pretty sad that being bare-faced has become an act of 'bravery', and I really wish that there was more focus on HOW to check for breast tumours. If I get nominated I think that I'll try to include some focus around that, too. Maybe a makeup-less selfie of me clutching my boobs? ;)

    Emily x - prettypleaseblog.co.uk

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    1. I can definitely relate to what you're saying :) I've only seen ONE of my facebook friends post something in regards to how to check for lumps instead of a selfie! I'll definitely be doing the same if nominated :) Paha that's brilliant! xD

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  4. I've got so annoyed with these posts and people just sharing selfies with no mention of any actual cancer awareness facts - which kind of feels like it's defeating the object! I agree it's great that so much money has been donated, though :)

    Jess xo

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    1. I know it raises awareness but if everyone just does just a picture alone then it seems a bit... pointless? But absolutely, lots of money raised for charity is never a bad thing! :)

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