A weekend of supportive hashtags

Standing united

As far as Twitter hashtags go, my favourites are the ones which get people united for the greater good, and #WeNeedToStandWithDelta is one of them.

With the cyclone making its way through Tamil Nadu, areas in Tanjore and Nagapattinam were destroyed. It was genuinely heartbreaking as reports came in through social media as well as videos of how bad the lands around the delta have been broken.

Twitter user @deepsealionness said, “Twitter do your magic, TN delta region is badly affected by #GajaCyclone. There has been loss of agricultural lands, plantations, homes. Huge demand for even basic necessities. Pls be as or even more generous as you were with # ChennaiFloods. Spread the word #WeNeedToStandWithDelta.”

It’s important to stay in-the-know of the environmental dangers which arise as a consequence of cyclones, floods and other scary storms; it’s not just homes, but also animals’ lives lost, as well as people going missing. So in this sense, stay wandering around the web if you can. And send help if you’re able.

A weekend of supportive hashtags

Heard of #EscapeTheCorset? No, it’s not a reference to the slavery of uncomfortable underwear — this movement’s epicentre lies in South Korea and is all about ditching cosmetics and embracing bare skin. Whether you think you’re shouting a triumphant ‘ha!’ to luxury beauty brands by purchasing drugstore dupes, you’re still a tiny cog in the giant capitalist wheel of the make-up industry.

One girl took to a video, recording herself cutting up her lipstick and beauty sponge, while another de-potted all of her eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and highlighters in riotous glee against the need to look perfect in a patriarchal society. You’ve got to admit, this is a pretty clever name for the movement, given the corset is pretty stifling.

Now, I’m guilty of pedalling to this; I do take my own sweet time getting dolled up for work or an outing, and when one girl told the world she’s spent 7 years of her 20-year life so far doing her make-up, I admittedly felt a pinch of guilt.

Soon India’s taken to it as well, with girls chucking fairness creams into the bin and highlighters seven shades lighter than their actual skin tone. This movement may have started in October, but I see the Web teeming with posts like this as we ride into 2019 for sure.

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