Social media is not just a technology for communicating or entertainment. It’s now an online “home.” It has had a profound cultural impact is gender relations, especially in highly conservative societies where this has enabled young women and men to establish sustained and direct contact with each other. Social media also gives people a chance to connect and interact with absolute strangers, which was previously difficult or impossible.
The universality of social media platforms has given people the opportunity to be more open and honest than ever before. It has given people the power to show others exactly how they want to be portrayed. Especially on Twitter, we can see every now and then, the shifting of gender roles and accepted masculinity. Social media is a new way to express cultural difference rather than a technology that has made the world more homogeneous.
When a twitter user @JuSaSiMPLe_man posted a picture of his son wearing makeup putting a hypothetical question about how a parent would react, this is what happened:
Although the tweet was deleted, before that, it received an overwhelming 5.5 k replies.
The tweet received some mean comments but the majority of the responses was positive highlighting to focus on the quality of the boy rather than focusing on the fact that he is putting makeup on his face.
Ask him if there's any product or something I can get him to help him with his make up
— ABlackManInAWhiteWorld (@trumpssadumbass) January 24, 2019
Hug him or something, I’d be awkward with my children. But I’d be that dad who secretly pays attention to your interests and I’d surprise him with some stuff from Sephora. Then I’d call him champ
— Nightknight-77 (@Nightknight7725) January 24, 2019
Ask if he would want to do my makeup as well! And make sure he got makeup kits if that was something he wished for
— Christopher (@ChrisJeanSpears) January 25, 2019
Tell him no product endorsements without 💲💲💲
— Erin Donovan (@goodyerin) January 24, 2019
buy him a damn foundation that matches his skin
— 𝖊𝖒𝖔 𝖘𝖓𝖆𝖎𝖑 (@browgirl_) January 24, 2019
I'd tell him to thin the eyebrows a bit and watch out for dumb fucks online.
— Dave Anthony – Bernie Madoff Bro (@daveanthony) January 24, 2019
Make sure he got all the brushes he needs. If my sons happy I’m happy. And anybody that had an issue could see me
— DRAKE?!??!!! (@I_C_PoloHorses) January 24, 2019
The overwhelming responses gave a very obvious message that it is more important to love your son rather than judging him over what he wants to do. However, people won’t tolerate if you put on wrong makeup.
Social media has become a great open forum, allowing us to express our individualities. Everyone can voice their opinions and learn from each other. As a result, we become more accepting of others beliefs and identities. These platforms give us multiple opportunities, in many different ways, to display ourselves however we want to.