Sunday 19 January 2020

Social media 'perfection' damages women - Clinton

Hillary Clinton is concerned. Photo: Maxwells Dublin
Hillary Clinton is concerned. Photo: Maxwells Dublin

Hillary Clinton has said the idea of perfection that is often portrayed on social media is "insidious" and undermines the confidence of young women.

The former US Secretary of State said people in the public eye should talk more openly about their failures to break the "taboo" around it in a bid to encourage women to try new things if they are too afraid to fail.

Mrs Clinton (72) shared her concerns about young women interacting with social media and "looking for or thinking they have seen perfection" while speaking to Fearne Cotton on her Happy Place podcast.


"You know, this idea of perfection is so insidious and it undermines particularly young women's confidence, their willingness to take a chance that may not fully succeed," she said.

"I mean, you can't tell how far you will go until you take that first step, and sometimes that first step could be the hardest of all.

"I am just so worried that the false image of what life is like portrayed on social media is causing a lot of anxiety, stress and even depression among young women.

"At least that seems to be what is now being reported and researched, certainly in our country, but I would imagine elsewhere.

"It helps for people who are in the public eye to say, hey, I messed up. I, you know, I had a tough time of it. It wasn't always easy.

"Just because you see someone like me on a stage speaking, that doesn't mean that, you know, I was born being able to do that. It's hard."

Mrs Clinton was the US Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, having previously been the first lady of the United States while husband Bill Clinton was in office from 1993 until 2001, and the US Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013.

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