Chase the Purpose, Not the Followers: How Social Media Broke my Mind and Self-Esteem During Quarantine

In June of 2020, after three months of being inside due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, I reached my breaking point with social media. You would think that as a media scholar, educator, content creator, and fiction writer, I would understand the construction behind these narratives and their implication and potential negative consequences on its consumers. At last, I, too, fell victim to the pressures and unrealistic expectations proposed by influencers, celebrities, and content creators of what we should be doing while quarantined.

Real Women Have Curves and Complex Narratives!

vividly remember the day I watched the 2002 film adaptation of Josefina López’s play Real Women Have Curves. I saw a part of myself I’ve never seen on screen. I saw my mother, my family, and community, our traditions and customs, and most importantly, I saw me. I saw a Latina with a “normal, realistic” body experiencing love, sex, and self-empowerment. America Ferrera’s Ana Garcia is a Mexican American whose low-income family lives in East Los Angeles. Her family, culture, and tradition have dictated her life and now her future. However, this dynamic character knows she can do and be more!