If you’ve watched the latest (and, in my opinion, incredible) BBC programmes such as the Bodyguard, Killing Eve, or the eleventh Dr Who, you’ll have noticed a shift in the number of women stepping in to the spotlight roles. Instead of being love interests, shooting targets, secretaries or damsels in distress, these programmes, and many others, have placed women in to the leading roles. But criticism for the programmes ‘airbrushing reality’ from writer Daisy Goodwin has both angered and challenged me to reflect on whether there is a ‘right way’ to tackle representation.
Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
I religiously mark 8 to 9pm every Wednesday in my calendar to join in the weekly Twitter #powerandinfluence discussion; the brainchild of PR pro Ella Minty. Recently, the discussion focused on the impact of social media on our mental health and, in light of World Mental Health Day, today’s blog aims to address that social media has its strengths, but it also has a clear, negative impact on our mental health and we need to care about it!
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
Social media is a wonderful tool but I have a bone to pick with it. It’s created a platform where everyone can be an expert - regardless of education, knowledge, experience and credibility. I agree that we all have the right to a free voice and the ability to express our opinions. But they aren’t all equally weighted, and they shouldn’t be.
It's how people choose to react and access information and news that's important, not the mechanisms that distribute them.
On Twitter this week I saw (shared by @CF_Farrow) posters by Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust to promote emergency contraception from their sexual health clinic. I appreciate it’s not the jazziest of topics to communicate...
Stereotypes lose their power when the world is found to be more complex than the stereotype would suggest.