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autodissociate me

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How could anyone confine themselves to one system or creed? Why should they feel they had to? There was no fixed self; surely our several selves melted and mutated daily? There had to be innumerable ways of being in the world.

In the postcolonial era, the notions of identity and national affiliation become indistinct, ambiguous and complex.

“If taking your shirt off and sitting in front of a webcam and posting it all over the internet is ‘art’ to you. I hope your rot in the remains of your broken dreams of thinking that being naked is supposed to be important or that it will get you somewhere.”

“The first things you remember, from your first experiences with the internet, tend to say a lot about what you were looking for at that time in your life. I was looking for friends. Girls my age. People to confide in. I was a badly bullied loner in high school when I first logged on. […]

“Among other things, their neuroimaging studies seemed to indicate that during transcendental experiences, the brain has decreased activity in the “object association areas” which make the distinction between the self and the non-self.”

“The profile photo to selfie, “Generation Y” had the right to all the qualifiers, but especially that of narcissistic. To be photographed at every turn, the elders believed to see in this obsession with identity egocentricity boundless. However, if photograph is to question and turn to each other, then maybe this young called Narcissus does […]

“In the press, selfie was often associated with the narcissism of a generation disconnected from reality, living in a virtual world and that creates its own personality by photographing. Yet the evil Mary suffers is indeed real and comes from the physical world and not the social context of his time. She faces since childhood […]

“Mary, New York high school girl suffering from a dissociative syndrome, developed an art project made ​​selfies and fragments of thoughts. Alone with his computer, it tries to connect to the world beyond her illness: learn”

“This is granting her something of the equivelant of hacking 4chan and changing posts at her whim and slying away with it. She’s not that bloody brilliant.”

“Girl thinks she’s outspoken, goes on 4chan just to spite some blokes and plays the nice girl card to run from standing against the littlest consequence she needs to remedy. The real wealth of feedback she desperately needs will never even be revealed to her, not even in her own conceit unless she can damn […]

“4chan is always arguing with itself. It’s filled with angry social rejects and is stuck between keeping up appearances and trying to be new when everything is already played out. All she did was get some attention towards her site, but this whole post is giving her credit as if she’s masterminded the greatest scheme […]

“yeah i guess selfies help us feel a person’s presence when we interact on the internet. cognitive dissonance tells us to believe that person is who he/she says they are. dunno. my penis.”

“Everyone makes fun of selfies yet so many women still post them. Selfies suggest that you have no friends to take your picture and/or are self-involved enough to catalog self-portraits on your phone. Against my better judgment, I went out with a selfie-poster once. She not only fulfilled these selfie taker stereotypes, but also didn’t […]

“At first blush, Mary seems the total package (i.e. smart, pretty, sexy, effervescent, and more), but in the final analysis her tendency toward onanistic self-absorption can be rather off-putting.”


“‘Mary may seem like an enlightened type but secretly she is just trying to outsmart you and maybe herself as well.'”

“i want to make love to you”

“A hijab doesn’t free a body from sexualization—instead, it emphasizes its sexuality by aggressively signaling a deletion. It just moves the threshold of sexualization even farther away from nudity.”

“I saw an article about what you did with your art on 4chan and was, at first, offended I suppose? I’ve spent an unfortunate amount of time on that site and its territoriality has rubbed off on my, I suppose. But by the end of it, I was moved and that’s an understatement. The social […]

“Women’s magazines, movies, and TV shows have been especially effective in alienating women from their faces and bodies.”

“i mean if we’re speaking honestly tho the best way to control any society is to control the women”

“Also, narcissism as an art form is eminently boring. I am ready for something more than people writing I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I.”

“mary being a lil whore is nothing new or ground breaking. it is not edgy or anything, just makes people think that you are lonely or have a personality disorder. is it borderline personality disorder? is it bi polar disorder? which one is it?”

“if you are a girl and have lots of sex then you are a slut with low self esteem obviously”

“nineteen year old art school students are blurring the boundary between art and life by not knowing shit about either”

“I had never heard of Marie Calloway’s book before reading about it through your site, so thanks for the recommendation! I’m so in need of something good to read right now. kinda wish her face wasn’t on the cover though?”

“I think you’ll enjoy this read if ur interested about the nature of the female selfie. it’s painfully verbose and lengthy, and has some flaws in analysis in that the author doesn’t examine how racially marginalized women fit into the equation but it’s rly good otherwiiissseee”

“The images are “selfies once removed” — basically screenshots captured and compiled by them during Skype (and other) visual comm sessions with Mary, hence the title, autodissociateme. Some of the overlaid text quotes are from Mary and/or them, but many are chat and online responses from others”

“Portrait epiphanies: why I take frequent selfpics: 1. I am my own most cooperative model, 2. taking control of my image helps quell the landslide of negative feelings I experience whenever I see myself in photographs shot by others, 3. to make up for the sad fact that so few images exist from my childhood […]

i mean, that’s partially the point of the project the fact that i’m controlling my image in the webcam and he’s curating what to put on the website “i see it says selfless once removed is there anything else indicating their hand? just curious selfies*” nah, i was totally in charge of the text although […]

we purposefully cut it out bc i didn’t want this one to be immediately sexualized “in some ways i think its more sexualized because u show ur boons” my partner, they curated the images “boobs and not your vagina” hmm, do u think? “yes” why’s that? “def ur giving us a very soft version of […]

“i really like it i wonder what your thoughts are on showing your vagina like if u purposefully don’t for some reason if u don’t feel comfortable doing that etc”

“Hey ur cool”

“feeling connected with Mary”

“i feel like a pic of my face/me posted online, where it sits alongside my work, is more the real me than if i’m face to face with you irl. because online i can present my innerself, irl the surface takes over / overwhelms. [yeah, its an interestin project mary, touches on stuff ppl seem […]

“hahaha, i dunno, its going viral Oh I noticed “What was the idea for it? Or rather what led to its inception?” selfies from different perspectives, mostly “Are they randomized?” hmwat? the text/pictures are, yeah by perspectives i mean like academic perspectives not like physical perspectives “Oh I was referring to when the website is […]

“Why are people freaking out about your art project?”

“best advice i can give is to laugh at urself” i really fcking love the work u do, feels v important yeah yeah, swag, thanks “if ur telling the truth u bettr make them laugh or they will want to kill u my fav quote did u like what i wrote on that feed?” whoa, […]

“i like that u are partakin in the conversation”

Rubin, in her essays, delves into an examination of why society views certain actions as “bad,” and how deviating from expected gender roles threatens to undermine the traditional structure of society.

Freud viewed narcissism as a psychological retardation, and a sign that the child had not fully developed. Lacan reinterpreted Freud’s psychoanalytic techniques, taking Freud’s descriptions of the body as symbolic metaphors. Lacan had an intense fascination with what he called the “Mirror Stage,” which he constructed out of a dissection of the myth of Narcissus. […]

WHAT IS NARCISSISM AFTER ALLLLLL The word “narcissism” is derived from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a man who was so beautiful and self absorbed that he was cursed to forever love himself – without satisfaction. In Ovid’s telling of the tale, Narcissus is a beautiful boy who scorns all: the nymphs, young men, and […]

The media seems unsure of what to make of selfies, like that one lady who thought they were narcissistic, they all went along that line, although now they are opening up to the potential that selfies are good.

Facebook has created a “likes culture” in which women post beautiful photos of themselves for likes – but there is a phenomenon in which each “like” does not mean as much as it used to, chasing the dragon in a sense.

Instagram propelled the selfie into the spotlight. Due to the nature of the website, which elevates image over text as a mode of communication, selfies have become an integral part of how one is perceived.

On Tumblr, which is known for having a women-heavy population, people began a trend of posting “GPOY”s. These pictures could then be reblogged (shared or responded to) or liked. People developed fanbases, asked for compliments, and served as inspiration for others. “Thinspo,” or pictures depicting often unhealthily skinny women as inspiration for losing weight, became […]

4chan was an online image board created in 2003. People who identified themselves as women were told that “there are no girls on the internet,” and women who posted pictures of themselves were accused of camwhoring for attention out of low self esteem. Some of these women amassed large followings and fanbases and are referred […]

In the early days of socialization on the internet, among newly burgeoning modes of communication, girls were encouraged to not identify themselves as female, creating an atmosphere in which women are erased from discourse. Now that technology has improved, and it has become easier to send information via digital images versus pure text, selfies immediately […]

Contemporary academics engaged in the study of the development of adolescents and young adults are currently embroiled in a vicious debate: are Millennials, the youngest generation self absorbed to an unhealthy point?

It’s too bad that the media often smears selfies, because they have the potential to be hugely beneficial, both in the development of the self and the development of the brain. Mirror stage Self awareness Self awareness is an incredibly important thing to develop. Being able to recognize oneself in the mirror is a key […]

Selfies, before they were called selfies, were called a variety of names. On tumblr, they were often refered to as GPOY, or “gratuitous pictures of yourself;” on 4chan, girls who posted pictures of themselves were accused of “camwhoring.” The way we view a selfie is very much based off of context: Who took it? Where […]

Photography revolutionized the idea of “reality” in art; because it was easy to pretend that photography was an exact duplication of a scene and could be substituted for actually being there, the boundary between fiction and reality in visual art was blurred.

Many women artists were excluded from the European canon, but they were some of the most prolific creators of self portraiture: a clear indication of the value that is placed on the physical appearance of women.

Self portraiture, when examined through the lens of canonical European art history, is typically viewed as a rigorous examination of the self – not aesthetically, but psychologically.

In order to delve deep into the subject of selfies, it is important to contextualize them within the human tradition of self representation. It is also important to analyze the potentially problematic aspects of the way in which this tradition is documented. A cursory Google search of “self portrait” displays first a block of related […]

Self portraiture is a tradition that spans back many centuries. As with many traditions, it was revolutionized with the advent of social media. The selfie, which is a photograph of the self, taken with the intent to be shared immediately on a social network, is a result of the marriage between the internet and self […]

“tho i didn’t like the real/fake distinction of her article, feel like the distinction, if rephrased as surface/enabling or something, fits here. enabling and encouraging systems that produce and give a platform to ‘surface problems’ like him are the same ones that produce irl racial, sexual, gender, etc, violence. people friending / engaging as bro […]

“if you are a girl and have lots of sex then you are a slut with low self esteem obviously”

“if I had to wager a guess, I’d say this fear is based in the fact that women’s sexual identities are so dependent upon the gaze that owning/controlling/acknowledging it is too empowering for women, hence the backlash.”

“I was trying to explain this to my mom, and she was like, ‘Uhhh..’ and I was like, ‘MOM IT IS A REALLY GROUND BREAKING ART DIALOGUE.'”

“hey! i’m in a secret online women’s group and we’ve been discussing your work. all of us really love it.”

feel like a hot guy topless on a website would do better “yeah. that’s true but as soon as his butt or penis was revealed, probably not, right?” uhm my butt or penis was not revealed so that wouldn’t be analogous “yeah. there lies the bias. that breasts are considered as taboo as a guys […]

“i also love how you are in a way desexualizing boobies even though males may see that differently, as a breastfeeding mother i see boobs as an organ with a purpose and i love whipping them out in public to feed my child with. Titties are important and functional parts of a body like any […]

“you are one gutsy lady!!!!”

“haha. on that topic one thing definitely stood out. not saying you’ve necessarily gotten overwhelming support or not, but if a guy made a similar page, my speculation is he wouldn’t receive have as much positive feedback. in fact, a nude guy would prob turn off a lot of people. but a girl is somehow […]

“Hey! I don’t think we’ve met, but I wanted to say I was kind of impressed with your autodissociate me page. First the shock value and the cute pictures were a turn on, but then the comments and the actual intent of the project seemed really interesting lol”

“hi mary!!! i just want to say that your website is rad and i love what you are doing 🙂 YOU GO GIRL”

“I find you through your website . I love it” ahhh, muchas gracias hablo un poquito espanol si prefieres “Sii mucho mejor” Que te gusta del sitio web? “La idea es muy original y las reflexiones muy inteligentes Ademas la estetica me gusta” ahhh, muchas gracias! yo lo recogi los reflexiones, y mi novio me […]

“i’ve been focussing on studying the possibility of the emergence of a social form that has maybe never really existed before which might serve as the facility to an opening toward engagement with the always unmasterable and always unexpected body. in the west, the body is eternally subject to discourses of regulation and is the […]

“i’m dying at “ugly attic troll” lol”

“fun! this makes me wish i had boobs and hung out shirtless all the time!”

“inspirational website of the day ♥”

“is her selfie site a serious perspective on the female role in society? or is she just master troll?” “are those mutually exclusive?” “well played sir”

“This made my phone crash! Congrats Mary, it’s wonderful.”

“i’m in love”

“i love it. hot”

“*gets to the bottom of the page* *tries to keep scrolling*”

“the quote on narcissism, threat, ego is on point/s”

“bookmarking this”

“this has to be the most creative thing I’ve seen in ages The randomization was a really nifty idea is this going to continue to expand with more quotes and selfies over time or is this a sort of final version? You should add a feed to work with cookies so any new posts get […]

“This is one of the more thought-provoking things i’ve consumed in a while. Thank you for sharing.”

“bro im so floated rite now”

“WELL whatever floats ur boat….not disrespect intended”

“beautiful writing and pictures, loved what you have to say; read as much as I could for now. I think you have great opinions and insight into both subconscious and pre-meditated human behavior and everyone on social media should check this out”


what made u think it was a armpit hair project? v fascinated by that, it was a part of how i thought abt the project but no one else picked up on it

i’m examining selfies/narcissism/social networks, if you read the website there are more in depth descriptions of what im doing

“So what exactly is your aim with this project? I appreciate it because I feel like it’s supposed to destigmatize body hair on women and it’s just an interesting layout, in general, but I’m curious to know what you’re trying to achieve here”

“I have never interacted with you before, but I just wanted to let you know that I think is SUPER cool and it’s also super cool that you were trolling /b/ for feedback. I just wanted to say great job.”

“this is awesome. Marshall McLuhan would splurge and I mean that in the most revering respectful way possible.”

“Sarah Lawrence is a beautiful school. My intuition tells me that the truths we are missing about genetics lay somewhere within the Humanities. I don’t think the alignment of Programs at Sarah Lawrence are a coincidence (Although, I really don’t believe in coincidences(I am Logical holistic)). I intuit that the female sex is currently evolving […]

“btw this reminds me of when my friend submitted a circuit board to her art class and said it was like a city of electronic figures and hopes she got an A. She did not. Not that I don’t understand it. Just that the execution of it seemed to be “for lack of a better […]

“wow such boob much picture wow so words wow very feminism wow”

“I’m fascinated by the once-removed quality of the website; although it has text, and it has selfies, they are rendered interchangeable (as well as partially illegible) by the qualities of the website itself. Any individual selfie is this rendered into an abstraction of “selfies” and text into “writing about selfies” regardless of its position or […]

“You champion! I love you. This is working on another level entirely. since I know you I ended up looking through the quotes to try to find something I may have said. As a result It made me think about my own narcissism on as subject and object. Where does the dialogue end between ourselves […]

“yeah i guess selfies help us feel a person’s presence when we interact on the internet. cognitive dissonance tells us to believe that person is who he/she says they are. dunno. my penis.”

“i like what you have to say abt selfies. don’t have anything too intelligent to add just yet because boner. i like your cute face. i love the hairy armpits. hnnngggg.”

“you have nice titties, ma’am. what “shit” are you looking for?”

“Mary revolutionizes selfie-awareness and perceptional cognizance”

“i just finished posting all these nude chicks and titties bounching boucing i don’t want pervs looking at your gf in the wrong way”

“breast should be celebrated not banned”

“beautiful writing and pictures, loved what you have to say; read as much as I could for now. I think you have great opinions and insight into both subconscious and pre-meditated human behavior and everyone on social media should check this out”

“its amazing no sarcasm its very inspirational”

“i just wanted to share this funny quote from my exboyfriend when we were text arguing : “As opposed to ur 1000 selfies whenever ur bored or lonely?” – exboyfriend”

“What if you dont find her attractive in the slightest ?!?”

“also, the superimposed text (even though i haven’t actually read it yet, hehe) simply by its appearance contributes to that concept of the dissociated individual — language that is just as [pro](e)vocative as the series of selfies..”

“why” why what? “porn lol” its like.. just me shirtless plenty of bros have shirtless pix up “fair enough”

“Hi Mary, I like your work. Stay inspired! All best to you and yours, Tullio”

“Mary, how long did it take to compile all of the selfies in the collage?” ask them, they were in charge of curating the selfies hence the “dissociation” “idk it was compulsive i was channeling” “the curation of the selfies being intuitive seems to very nicely reflect the intuitive nature of the selfies themselves”

“to read later”


“this is better than michel stipe’s website, and that was one of my favorite things for a while”

“(thnx for introducing me to the word girlcore)”

“this is amazing!!”

“it’s kind of nice to see your fellow girlfriend’s boobs platonically. this is cool”

“i still say they look cinnamon-flavored”

” i think what i like is the pictures that could be read as sexy are surrounded (lovingly touched) by pictures that are silly, dumb, ‘ugly’, whatever so it’s like, you can’t take away the sex object thing as the only thing about the girl, because there’s all these other parts of the girl staring […]

“conceptual schemes”

“You’re kinda a weird girl aren’t you?”

“this somehow struck me in a way that made me want to double over in tears thank you”

“sexc bab3 hott *squeals wiff excitement*”

“Perspective perspective, the two gazes appear to have different directions. The self and the selfie appear to have separate externals. The true self and the image of the self appear to have different senses of desire. Love between multiple people requires reciprocation, rejection, shared ontologies, shared neurosies, dual give and dual take. To masturbate or […]


“i love you like you love you”

“I don’t wanna BE her cuz then I wouldn’t get to fuck her!!”

i really like the idea of merging echo and narcissus into one cohesive unit – echo is a repetition of others, while narcissus is in love with the reflection, which is discussed as a part of himself, yet it is separate my own dissociation from my body inverts this, i think, an ambivalence abt it […]

“Just dropping a note of appreciation for the link (seems to have been pulled/privatized/eaten); how did the text bits come in? Are they responses to individual things, are they all the same author, or is that better left a surprise?” “yeah it’s not really released yet, i was just helpng mary with the sharing […]

that narcissus’ reflection mimics him makes him love it all the more

“it’s hard for me to look at this site without touching myself”

“Feel like: selfies are not inherently bad or inherently good, they are things made by people, and people as a group fall in the “grey area” category. Feel like: people are generally narcissistic. There are obviously extremes going in both ways, but we are all a little selfish and navel-gazey. It is human. Feel like: […]

“I wish that him I love might live on, but now we shall die united, two in one spirit.”

“O I wish I could leave my own body! Strange prayer for a lover, I desire what I love to be distant from me.”

he doesnt understand that what he loves is merely a reflection of himself

he loves the image of himself that is only an image

Haters gonna hate

he loves only what he percieves as a reflection of himself, but he himself is not in the reflection

“Fool, why try to catch a fleeting image, in vain? What you search for is nowhere: turning away, what you love is lost! What you perceive is the shadow of reflected form: nothing of you is in it. It comes and stays with you, and leaves with you, if you can leave!”

“What he has seen he does not understand, but what he sees he is on fire for, and the same error both seduces and deceives his eyes.”

“Then one of those who had been mocked, lifting hands to the skies, said ‘So may he himself love, and so may he fail to command what he loves!’”

narcissus was male, but turned into a flower, female symbolism? obsession with self portrayed as negative, was a punishment for not loving anyone else, he led all dem nymphs astray — goddess curses him to 5ever to love himself so he goes off and sees himself in the pool (isolated from everyone else) and obsesses […]

“Unknowingly he desires himself, and the one who praises is himself praised, and, while he courts, is courted, so that, equally, he inflames and burns. How often he gave his lips in vain to the deceptive pool, how often, trying to embrace the neck he could see, he plunged his arms into the water, but […]

“yeah like it’s cool to show off lipstick/clothes which arguably are equally as symptomatic of the male gaze as a selfie is? maybe they cancel each other out?”

“So by this author’s definition, selfies should advertise products (this cool hat), experiences (I read Infinite Jest), or accomplishments (I got a job offer), but the author fails to comment on many people – and especially many women’s – collective refusal to do that, which I think is way more interesting.”

“i care about people because people matter and i care about my selfies because its my face online and when i lose it i feel scared.”

“i look cute biting my lip dont i”

“i refuse to fight for respect by becoming more masculine or modest in my feminity because i believe my femininity deserves respect”

“i love things that people think is “attention seeking” and superficial because EVERYTHING WE DO IS LIKE THAT and at least these things are blatant about it, makeup and fashion”

“i think her argument is that it’s a reflection of a society that says a woman’s worth is primarily in her good looks but the key word ‘primarily’ seems incorrect w/r/t how people actually use selfies”

“one of my favortite oscar wilde quotes goes something like “only those who think appearance doesnt matter are truly superficial””

“i fail to understand why wanting to know you look good is “bad””

“i fail to understand how cleavage and duckface is any more attention seeking than walking out the door with a lot of cleavage showing and makeup”

“i use selfies because i think appearance is important”

“Further, self-written tweets are typically posted on social media, ostensibly with the intent of getting people to respond to them — that’s what social media is. In that respect, tweets aren’t expressions of creativity, but rather calls for affirmation. In real life, walking up to a stranger, tilting your head upward towards their face, opening […]

“I don’t want to live in a world without selfies, guys.”

“a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.”

“an idea or element of social behaviour passed on through generations in a culture, esp by imitation”

“A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.”

“I love the word “selfie”! People used to call pictures of themselves GPOY—Gratuitous Pictures Of Yourself. But that tag has disappeared from the vernacular, displaced by selfie. Maybe it was because people realized that these pictures weren’t gratuitous—they were important for sustaining contact with the people in their social environments. Or maybe they intuitively realized […]

“Spontaneity is discarded, and what’s left? A plea for attention. Most of the time when you read about selfies in the mass media you learn that every selfie is narcissistic, that every selfie says “look at me.” But that’s just what happens to the selfie when it’s taken out of context.”

“I like the coinage “selfie portrait.” It sounds to me like a suggestion of an image that draws its characteristics from both the selfie and the portrait, but isn’t quite either one, or maybe it’s a new kind of portrait, where the conventional signifiers of fleshly vulnerability and fleeting life are replaced by references to […]

A selfie is not monumental. It doesn’t inscribe its maker in history; it inscribes him in a networked present. Can a selfie be art? I think so, but it would entail discarding the conventions of subjecthood of the public sphere both for artists and for art—the artist as a singular figure creating singular works of […]

“A selfie is not a portrait. A portrait is a flat monument. Like a bust or a full-body statue, a portrait (whether painted on canvas or shot by a photographer) partially extracts the sitter from her life. Portraiture asserts the sitter’s significance—it says she deserves to be inscribed in history. A great portrait, whether painted […]

“The selfie is phatic: it’s an image that establishes immediate contact, by introducing gesture and mimicry—both components of face-to-face interactions—to telecommunications.”

“Receiving a photo of the face of the person you’re talking to brings back the human element of the interaction, which is easily misplaced if the interaction is primarily text-based.”

“This is how the selfie inscribes a body into a network—this is how it asserts a body’s connection to others through a network via their respective devices.”

“i mean really we had fuckers in the 16th century who’d sit still for hours on end for paintings of themselves so you know we’re just cutting out the middleman by having phones that allow us to do it almost instantly”

seems like her obsessive focus on women documenting their individual achievements is problematic too – Susan Douglas wrote an interesting take down of how marketers hijacked feminism and tried to make people feel that in order to be good feminist they had to focus entirely on themselves and their own achievements, sorta split the feminist […]

“Everyone’s face is the best face. Show it off. Your friends love you.”

“Just gunna point out that people used to pay god knows how much to get their portraits painted to hang in their own home…who really has the issues here? *twirls 10 dollar webcam*”

“Somebody said selfies are empowering?”

“What if instead of posting selfies, I just continually posted my accomplishments (“Got an A on my paper!” “finished reading into thin air!” “Ran a seven minute mile!”) are those people really any less annoying than “selfie” people? Yet that seems to be what she’s proposing women do?”

“Hating women’s selfies is just another way to casually bash women. Who cares? I see people sit around and mock someone’s selfies. Why do you care? And women do it (the bashing) as much as men! Let’s all embrace one another! *sings kumbaya, makes blood sacrifice to dark lord Kramdar*”

“Yes, selfies are more empowering than photos of me that someone else took or manipulated. I control them. Additionally, this article fails to address men selfies as far as my skim shows. ALSO, most of my selfies are for humor and not for showing off how good I look (though I certainly take those too) […]

“To analyze it as deeply as possible, for myself, the point is that everyone does it and I like to participate in things that people do. I feel very happy and I am very successful, probably BECAUSE I take selfies, but that’s just my theory.”

“its all selfie love anyways from me to everyone else that loves themselves enough to share with everyone else. selfies to me are an opportunity to build upon an era of vanity and conceit whereby opportunity is allowed impeccable commentary”

“The article seems to approach with the premise that all people experience empowerment from the same things. For example, most people would consider flaying all the skin off your leg with an obsidian dagger to be disempowering, but I personally find strength in it because it is allows my spirit to commune with Tezcatlipoca The […]

“*is suddenly paranoid about whether my selfies have a ~point~*”

“im not reading this article, but let me know when your thesis emerges on fb, ill share it mary. we all know who knows what selfie culture is about”

“oh god what a hater”

“Selfies are empowering bc I’m controlling my own image”

“Selfie is a cry for help: “Help me take this picture from further away than my arm length””

“A selfie is not any picture of yourself but a picture of you that you’ve taken yourself, with your phone, or maybe looking into your computer’s webcam—the picture is taken with a device that is capable of distributing it on a network almost immediately.”

“ok first of all you know boring people who take boring selfies and second of all fashion/makeup selfies are like 90% of all selfies ugh you suck at understanding selfie culture morning gloria”

“if i was gonna psychoanalyze your selfies they’re often about the interplay between your body and the clothes you wear, or you and your relationships with people you’re physically surrounded by at the time that u take the selfie”

“1. showing off pink hair 2. an accidental weird shot of my leg/shoe but this doesn’t count 3. bart window reflection selfie with string of lights necklace 4. selfie with weird nailpolish 5. selfie with glittery blister (nsfw) 6. weird angle selfie 7. selfie with necklace beard 8. selfie with wire rim glasses 9. selfie […]

The framing of the divide between genders as an “evolutionary” phenomenon bothers me immensely – relieves society of its responsibility for emphasizing a predominantly inaccurate divide between “men” and “women.” This divide is imaginary, in the sense that it is not based in biological differences, but is instead memetic versus genetic. The majority of psychological […]

“‘Oh, The Selfies You’ll Take!’ a re-telling of the Dr. Seuss classic modified to more accurately reflect my life”

“I like girls who are confident enough to embrace their insecurities, are curious about the world and have a certain level of audacity.”

“I think social media/networks are really interesting because of the added layer of protection individuals have in how they represent themselves online. You have the ability to hide your flaws and intentions and the opportunity to inflate the things you are proud of. This is possible in person, but even more possible online.”

“the outside world, like the self, is a fiction: each is a metaphor for the other. We need not, therefore, take Lacan’s mirror stage literally, for, after all, it itself is nothing more nor less than an attempt to grasp the ever elusive relationship between subjects and objects, inside and outside, self and world. The […]

“If the ego comes into being only in relation to the outside world, the outside world, then, comes into being only in relation to the ego: the one is a projection or mirror image of the other”

“the dismembered body abound in art, though perhaps no where more memorably than in the works of Renaissance artist Hieronymus Bosch, whose paintings depict, in eerie detail, severed and pierced limbs and torsos. Bosch’s dreamy images dramatize the chaos –the incongruity between body and ego –that underlies the self’s claim to autonomy, as well as […]

“the image of the body symbolizes the (imagined) sanctity of the I or ego, images of the dismembered body symbolize the disjointed state of the self that is, as a function of the self’s very being, repressed by the ego”

“‘I think, therefore I am’ is as alluring and as impossible a wish as Narcissus’s wish to ‘separate myself from my body.'”

“the child’s identification with his image also prefigures the subject’s “alienating destination” –for to think of oneself in terms of the cogito is to cast oneself as being separate from one’s body and from the external world, it is to play into the image reflected in the mirror”

“”This (I) form,” writes Lacan, situates the agency known as the ego, prior to its social determination, in a fictional direction that will forever remain irreducible for any single individual.” While the I affords the self its distinctness, its self-hood, it also alienates the self from itself.”

“Rather than reading narcissism as an aberration of human nature, Lacan reads it as constitutive of the formation of selfhood, a process common –like mirrors–to all. The “human child,” writes Lacan, “at an age when he is for a short while, but for a while nevertheless, outdone by the chimpanzee in instrumental intelligence, can already […]

“What does the myth of Narcissus tell us? What is its secret? Most would argue that the myth tells of a flaw in human nature: extreme vanity…Society, for the most part, proclaims vanity or narcissism bad, and sometimes even evil, on the grounds that these traits situate the individual above or beyond society’s jurisdiction, for […]

“”How I wish I could separate myself from my body.” So laments Narcissus while grieving over his inability to seize the alluring figure he sees in the water –the figure that, unbeknownst to him, is his reflected image. In his ignorance, Narcissus fulfills the prophecy of the oracle Tiresias: that Narcissus will live to a […]

wow selfies yay they rock/wow society is dumb for hating/wow classic society hating on teenage girls again/wow teenage girls keep doing u because v beneficial v wow

formation of bro-centric online communities where females masked their identity


“I’m happy to like, accept crit on what I say, but I don’t feel like ‘not talking about it’ is a good thing”

“I’m very public about every thought I have. Mary is public with her thoughts. If anyone asks us anything we will say literally what we are thinking. If people have a problem with that, they have the wide open option to not involve us in their thoughts (inviting responses) or not talk about us and […]

“Stop notifying me of yor opinions”

“like who THE FUCK posts shit like that and who THE FUCK likes that”

“it is fascinating reading his behaviour online being dissected.”

“i feel aversion to this”

“tempted to break character to offer thought-provoking commentary on this but i’m too lazy”

“I know people will be like… annoyed at mary and I for discussing THIS publicly, which is ALSO funny to me”

“Block someone, delete someone, whatever it’s your network.”

“i think that’s exactly why mary does it. she told me i edit too much haha. people get mad at her for not just posting the pretty pictures very common. i think that’s what she’s trying to like ‘research’ with how she uses her facebook. I do know more about this than most people cause […]

“I have been talking with mary a lot about like, how girls treat each other and I don’t really know / understand any of that so i’m just like, curious what people will say about this / such things”

“Why are you single attractive girls shouldn’t be single! A man should be assigned to them!”

I do chronicle everything visually tho, along with related but not obviously related quotes

i just very rarely (if ever) post about events in my life

“i can never tell when people are just a character or w/e”

yeah, my fb is mostly quotes from other people and then pictures i take of myself — examining myself w/in my network or whatevers

“i like to post as much as possible without ever really giving any direct details about my personal life, and mainintaing a family-friendly atmosphere”

“I guess as a woman, as someone who experiences “mundane” patriarchy every day, I’m not as interested”

“if social media brands are people’s work, then we can examine their facebook activity as texts”

“I’m interested in stuff like this as ‘mundane’ examples of everyday patriarchy.”

“i guess i feel like if you’ve got it out there in the public, then you can’t be surprised to have haters right?”

“Selfie is word of the year!”

“Talk about urself but not too much”


Narcissism/Deviancy in Selfies Taken by Teenage Girls History of narcissism Greek Myth narcissus was male Freud female masturbation Lacan – The Mirror Stage Rubin/ Deviancy current developmental debate Narcissism and Girls Online safety thing – Low self esteem Selfies!! History of Selfies European art history fastforward European artists who were women excluded from canon their […]

“its like im having a conversation w myself thru selfies sometimes they are like reminders of things like the whole “you can stop flirting with me i’m not falling for u again” phrases/images that have a v explicit meaning to me that i cant express otherwise but have a hard time trying to explain to […]

“Like, you’re a Mary floating around there somewhere, forcing this human body to click the button on the webcam”

“The way I feel like I’m not crazy is that I’m able to let go of all of it.”

“I must say that as an artist it is undeniably frustrating to have to censor my work for most social media platforms due to the sexualization of the nude, especially when I am proud of the study that I’ve done.”

“you seem so confident for your age most 19 year olds are just….no feel like this big group we’re a part of online really abandons all assumptions which is lovely also because internet personas i act like I’m in my 20s, both online and irl. I’m a really serious person all the time….so most people […]

Well like I don’t think they are narcissistic at all, like we are living in a day and age that sort of bred this sort of photography style Because ppl are always prompted to share information about themselves constantly etc so it would make sense to have people always update images of themselves Also clearly […]

“makes me think about narcissus and this idea of the new mirror being one that documents there’s less freedom in a way, because every action is documented you can’t ever escape your past asthetic kind of ironically, the superficial becomes fundamental”

“I think they are like a newly developing language and that’s cool! I also think it’s the most transparent and honest genre of photography and that also cool!”

“i think it’s cool that you network and communicate with people with the selfies. you don’t seem to make an effort to look perfect or whatever like most people do and that’s refreshing. keep on keepin on my dear”

“hmmm I don’t have much of a position on them I’m just really aware of the stigmas surrounding selfies as well as the hype around it as a concept I don’t think they are necessarily as narcissistic like most people think. For some people its more of a pragmatic self-documentation. Thats not me though Im […]

“Selfies are fine. I don’t really care if people are seeking an ego boost, or if for whatever reason they prefer the aesthetic of a self-shot photograph. The only time I am irritated by them is when they flood a social networking feed. Diversity and new content is what brings me back to profiles or […]


dunno what i would do in a werld w/o colurs “probably see b&w they’re easier than colors fuck colors sometimes they make shit beautiful but they overcomplicate things and fuck overcomplications” see me i like ultracomplicated and crazy and all ovr th place

“Hmm? I have little thoughts on it. The selfie as our society is viewing it, or the more literal version, just taking a picture of yourself, mainly just to see how you look or to have a picture for a particular use such as a profile picture? I’ll talk about both. I have no interest […]

“you take a lot! and i am always wondering why”

“aight um selfies i think are awesome because like generally people are made to think that they have to get other people to validate them and selfies are a way to be like “I KNOW I LOOK GOOD, LEMME SHOW YOU” although granted this isn’t always the case”

“AHHAHAAH. I like your selfies. Some of them are really funny and some of them are really artsy”

“like they’re fine, people can take pictures of themselves. it bothers me a little when they’re like “look how ugly i am” but other than that its cool”

“do u masturbate?”

“well you know how some of my selfies are kinda, denial of self image or some kind of twisted take on that” “mm” “because i have self esteem and self image issues” “yeah” “im not comfortable in my body; i think those who appear like mary are, or are coming to terms with that, which […]

i like how it’s not just me talking about it or you talking about it how it’s a sort of networked response or explanation

“i like the randomization and that it’s a collection of (i’m guessing) quotes from one person? i’m thinking about that thing that was mentioned in the ‘selfie’ discussion janey brought up and the ‘spontaneity’ of the decision the take the picture, there’s something about this that has a really strong meta-quality to it, i like […]

“was wondering if it’s too self indulgant or like just my love for looking at her but like that’s intimate and people respond to that soemtimes”

“i have to spend more time with it, first reaction is v addictive, no filter”

“Autodissociation, or autoionization is the spontaneous separation of molecules into ions. A molecule, or a set of molecules will split up to form a number of positive charged particles (cations) and negative charged particles (anions).”

“we’ve been skyping a lot and i had just been saving screenshots and she has a very solid connections to selfies, helped her discover herself re:DID dissasociative stuff so we were kind of organically making selfies once removed since she’s aware of the camera and always kind of posing even when relaxed so we started […]

“I don’t like taking selfies.. I don’t like taking pictures of myself, it makes me uncomfortable”

“I think it’s super funny that people have anything to say about the actual selfie”

“You know, I think the real honest original fear of narcissism has to do with a lack of empathy for others and an isolation that nobody can penetrate. Becoming cruel and dismissive. But there is a secondary fear, a derivative one. That has to do with “You think you’re so great. You think you’re better […]

“i feel two ways about it its great you included the text its really personal and also referential to selfie as subject matter i like the whole wallpaper of her but its also a bit creepy or can be read narcissistically initially by dudes”

“Curse this fucking inability to express my emotions when not in person! How can I let anyone know how I feel? My art is completely impotent, my camera can’t help me express my pain. I’m envious of the painters, the sketchers, the sculptors who can shape their pain into things that can then be shown […]

“no one wants to read my internal tourmoil”

“that this point i’m feeling bad for this girl, she should have more respect for her body than offering to show strangers herself nude… And I never asked her if I could see her naked anyway. She doesn’t know at all who I am, eh.. I don’t get it.”

“Hi, this is the body I walk around in”

“A category of stimuli of great importance for primates, humans in particular, is that formed by actions done by other individuals. If we want to survive, we must understand the actions of others. Furthermore, without action understanding, social organization is impossible. In the case of humans, there is another faculty that depends on the observation […]

Definitely seems like selfies could be a way to build empathy across internet-based networks; makes me wonder whether that’s why people began including “avatars” on blog/forum posts, as a way to make building empathy more easy, and whether or not forums without avatars show a decrease in empathetic connections between members.. Also, you might be […]

“Very interesting, especially the idea that “it’s an image that establishes immediate contact, by introducing gesture and mimicry.” It makes me wonder if you could tie this into “mirror neuron” research and the way in which selfies are likely to elicit mimicry and empathy in the viewer.”

people’s abilities to remember stuff (which is what shapes our perception of ourselvesS) is a neural system that shares a shit ton of overlap w the theory of mind system understanding yourself can help you understand others much better etc etc “Self aware is a good thing. Unfortunately a lot of people are not. They […]

“The obsession with selfie and self image to the detriment of all else….”

“Look at the rise of plastic surgery, our painstaking attention to Facebook and Twitter profiles, our selfies, our relentless focus on self-improvement, and “soccer teams that give every kid a trophy … Could it be that she is onto something? How else to explain that Twenge’s thesis [that younger generations are “increasingly entitled, self-obsessed, and […]

“To answer your question, “since when did being asserTive become seen as a bad thing”When women started to do it to”

seems dumb that saying “I like to show off my body.” qualifies one as “narcissistic,” doesn’t seem problematic to me if someone has a positive self image in that way.. “She believes that questions like “I am assertive” and “I like to take responsibility for making decisions” are indicators of narcissism” ??since when is being […]

“I think she is vastly misinterpreting or over-interpreting the data, and I think it’s destructive…She is inviting ridicule for a group of people about which there are already negative stereotypes.”

“At what point does a ‘selfie’ become a narcissistic act as opposed to a self empowering one?”

“Social media’s “what are you doing now?” invitation to pose, pontificate and consume conspicuously only amplifies the narcissistic presentism of the generation depicted in The Bling Ring. It makes it easier than ever to tell the world exactly what you want them to know about you. Through a carefully cropped and color-corrected selfie, depicting whatever glamorized […]

“Is it reasonable to ask girls to value themselves when they have been so utterly devalued by those around them and society more broadly?”

“Although promoting girl-empowerment seems like a positive move to enhance girls’ independence and autonomy,I demonstrate in this chapter that the girl power discourses about online safety also operate as a form of control by defining the freedom to choose in limited ways. That is, girls’ sexual choices are only recognized as legitimate and freely chosen […]

“Bathrooms are where people do everything they would never want the rest of the world to see. And even though you would never want anybody else to see you there, it’s one of the only rooms where you get a chance to look at yourself. It’s so private and odd; it’s where a person can […]

“too in love with herself to ever love anyone else”

attributing the systematic oppression of women to “the patriarchy” downplays women’s roles in contributing to said oppression we live in a patriarchy but its is not only the patriarchy’s fault that women are oppressed it’s not like women have no agency, have no ability to do anything for themselves of course privilege and  cultural bullshit […]

theory of mind and memory and how they’re connected empathy/autobiography very much connected and even when they aren’t, the places that seem disconnected reference similar spaces in the brain so it’s like most of our memories are social well not all parts of conversation are as social as others more information vs like empathetic thingies […]

selfie life

“worked for a large market of buyers while maintaining a highbrow, principled stance.”

“Contrasts the illusory nature of a fictional work with real values of fidelity and righteousness”

imo a selfie is very tied in to the concept of agency, i like how the paparazzi/surveillance example gives importance to the agency of the subject despite the fact that they are not in control of being photographed

wouldn’t describe what them and i are doing as an “unselfie”… not sure if anything could ever accurately be described as an unselfie. this is probably significantly colored by my belief that every work of art is autobiographic in some way

“the idea of working with the mindset of a selfie, and aware of how a person takes a selfie, and then having them on skype so they are also aware of their composition and are kind of technically making a stream of selfies, but another person or process actually SAVING the images and curating the […]

“okay, so, given that a selfie is also a self-evident phenomenon, in the context of this discussion, i think a person would have to take all the elements of a selfie and negate one aspect of it to accomplish some variation on the anti-selfie, unfortunately the only qualification for which aspect is ‘one that hasn’t […]

“I propose 0 Cuil, or “absolute Cuil”. 0 Cuil: I ask for a hamburger, you give me the epitome of all hamburgers, to the most subjective detail. Observers in a state of Perfect Cuil are often introduced to a phenomenon known as the Cuil Paradox, where the hamburger asked/given ratio is so near 1:1 that […]

“Einstein’s space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh’s sky. The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself. The scientist’s discoveries impose his own order on chaos, as the composer or painter imposes his; an order that […]

“In the 17th century Leibnitz proposed his “monad” as an irreducible unit for explaining not only the material world but the inner world of the soul.”

biography of a person that is written by a crowdsourced group on a wiki then appropriated into an autobiography and thus “ghostwritten” by the internet

“According to Zhu Xi, although universal principal (li) is embodied in each person’s nature (xing), it is at the same time an external standard that must be apprehended through investigation and study. Wang Yangming inverted Zhu Xi’s dictate of extending knowledge (gewu) a turning outward to discover objectives truths, into an internalized and subjective search […]

it’s cool to do commercial work if you’re classy and pretending you make it for yourself instead of to sell

“The scientist’s discoveries impose his own order on chaos, as the composer or painter imposes his; an order that always refers to limited aspects of reality, and is based on the observer’s frame of reference”

“casting our desires and our excesses as positive forces – noting that it is precisely our desires which motivate us to improve ourselves, and make us unique”

“the roots for decoratively housed yet lonely female longing”

“Femininity, with it’s associations of sensuality, eroticism, and frivolity, provides a ready alternative to the old preoccupation with such masculine qualities as social responsibility and moral seriousness.”