Another reason I found the article interesting was in light of the Mulvey reading we did about the male gaze. The impact Facebook has had on young girls has been severe--a recent study of 1,000 girls ages 14-17 conducted by the Girl Scouts of America showed that 68% of girls had been bullied or gossiped about on a social network. Furthermore, the online personas that middle schoolers and high schoolers are presenting on networks like Facebook often have a large disconnect between their real personalities and their "cool, sexy" online personalities.
What brings me to Mulvey is this--I think that the profiles girls are posting these days to appear more cool, interesting, and sexy present a similarity to the female characters of Hollywood in the 1950's and 1960's which Mulvey describes as having a "to-be-looked-at-ness." The whole point of social media like Facebook is to be gazed at, adored, venerated--or bullied, gossiped about, and ultimately, ostracized. I find it interesting that girls are placing themselves in this position knowingly and in direct contrast to their male counterparts, who are less likely to lie about themselves on Facebook. Ultimately, it provides a somewhat dismal outlook for the future of our young girls today, as it will soon prove impossible for them to escape their online personas, and the division between one's online self and real self can often prove to be too much to bear, in the case of young girls who have committed suicide in recent years over online bullying.
Here is the link to the article: