ABSTRACT

This chapter provides an account of gender stereotypes reflected in some selfies. It describes allegations of narcissism that have been leveled at selfie-takers, especially women, even as the impact of selfie-taking habits on their lives has been analyzed by many. The chapter focuses on on to give an account of alternative perspectives on selfie-taking practices and takes the reader on a journey of exploration of alternative selfies including those by domestic violence survivors, rape survivors, sexual minorities, people who are ill, and those who try to resist normative definitions of beauty and body type. It deals with the need to avoid giving reductive labels to selfies and selfie-takers and acknowledge selfies as a new form of visual language instead. Selfies have become so ubiquitous that some feel compelled to take a selfie even in dangerous locations and conditions leading to injuries and even death.