A long time ago, in a bedroom somewhere far, far away, a wee boy and his dad read a story about a wizard. The books had become very popular and films followed. Rather good films, IMHO, but that’s by the by.
In one of the stories, there’s a mirror that – supposedly – shows the viewer what they desire most. Well, words to that effect. I wouldn’t want to draw young fans in and then for their parent to explain why there’s a person who looks like a bloke but says he’s transgender. Mind you, some of them may find that word – and that world – all on their own. 🙂
So this week it came to be that a certain well-known social media app released a gender swap filter. And, no, I’ll not be providing them with free advertising. Why the book reference and the filter? Because as with all good stories, there’s something you can read between the lines… if you’ll forgive the cliché. The filter, like the things down in the mirror, is not real. Those with a sci-fi preference may wish to say The Matrix has you. Those of a classic bend: Narcissus and the pool 😉
The filter if you will, is a lie. Yes, it’s a bit of fun and yes, much amusement has been had by some exploring who they might have been. But, there are those who see the filter not as a trick, but as what might be. Another roll of the dice and perhaps we could have been that way: the outside matching the inside. And therein, lies the rub, for no matter how hard you stare into the glass: that’s all that image will be, an image. It can’t be real and the perfect software driven complexion can’t be achieved. For some amusement, for others, more a taunting.
You may feel I’m being overly negative or dramatic, and I may not argue with you. But, I will advise caution. All the wishing in the world won’t change who we are. Change comes from us doing the work and putting in the hours. So, try on the filter if you wish, just understand it’s not you. To go a little further, be wary of its spell.
Dare I say, you’re more than just a photo, ‘likes’, or upvotes. Keep on being awesome. Keep on being you. If you want to change, change because you want to, not because a filter tempts you. Go as far as you need to go, and if that’s far enough, that’s fine.