At the time of this writing, the hashtag #ineedfeminismbecause currently has just under 12,000 posts on the popular social media platform of Instagram.
Above are only the three examples of trending Feminist Instagram hashtags. While Instagram is not purely a feminist platform by any means, it is (like blogs and zines) a very accessible and easily used resource for spreading personal messages. With even the most remote interest in feminism these days, a world of information concerning its current issues is at your fingertips and with attention being brought through the platform from celebrities like Emma Page, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon by using the website/app to shine light onto feminist issues, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to raising the understanding of what feminism is all about.
Like blogs, these posts are able to be edited and removed (unlike the resoluteness of zines) however it still remains a platform for not only messages but for expressions of art forms as the site is primarily for the sharing of photographs.
#feministgraffiti #feministart #feministpoetry
Speaking of poetry, as someone who tends to read a lot of poetry (when I can find the time), I actually use Instagram to read less well known, everyday/everypeople type works. Through this platform, I found Rupi Kaur (as did 1.1M of her other Instagram followers). Kaur is actually known as an instapoet due to her gaining popularity and success, through the sharing of her art/messages through the platform.
While of course, today is the day of posting the perfectly filtered selfie, I do take some joy in knowing that our largely narcissistic North American society uses the internet and its many faceted resources for sharing messages of well-being and improvement.