Reality TV shows like Love Island sends an ‘unbelievably dangerous’ message to young people that could undermine the #MeToo movement, a head teacher has said. The Daily Mail reports.
Jane Lunnon, head of Wimbledon High School, has serious concerns about the effect social media and reality shows have on body image and self worth. The headteacher thinks that if we want the #MeToo movement to be taken seriously, girls shouldn’t celebrate ‘trivial’ reality TV culture.
Speaking at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference’s (HMC) annual autumn conference she said social media and reality stars are ‘image-obsessed’.
Mrs Lunnon said: ‘I was particularly struck by the Love Island thing – it wasn’t just the way it dominated teen consciousness, it was the way it basically dominated public discourse.”
She said: ‘The problem attached to that is what are the long-term consequences of a world where a) we are celebrating something essentially trivial, and b) we are focused, such relentless focus on appearance and the presentation of brand self – which we know is a spillover from social media itself.”
Mrs Lunnon questioned whether girls could be taken seriously when it comes to issues like the #MeToo campaign, while also succumbing to ‘trivial’ reality TV culture which obsesses over appearance.
“I am really interested in the whole drive to empower women, to make sure that they have a voice, they have agency,”
If we want to be taken seriously, the ‘Me Too’ debate – can we also be saying [that] this trivial nonsense matters? I think there is a real question around that.”
HMC chairman Shaun Fenton said: ‘It is not in any of our interests to live in a society where we put on a pedestal the type of trivia that isn’t what we aspire to for our children, that isn’t what we think in our better moments we aspire to for ourselves.
Love Island or #Metoo? Can young girls be in both camps? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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