The existence of social media accounts that upload photos of college students and students with good-looking faces, most campuses have them. This big campus in East Java is no exception, Airlangga University.
The existence of these accounts raises concerns about social issues of beauty standards. Starting from an anonymous message sent by an anonymous person on Twitter airlanggafess, BEM Fisip Unair responded to the existence of the Instagram accounts unair Cantik1954 and handsomeunair.
Through an upload on its official Instagram account, BEM Fisip Unair saw the existence of the accounts unair Cantik1954 and handsomeunair as objectification, glorification of sexism, and toxic beauty standards, Tuesday (14/06/2022).
“Sins of Unair Cantik1954 Account: Is It Ethical to Be in the Academic Room?” the theme of the issue raised was as quoted by Yoursay.id, Wednesday (15/06/2022).
The emergence of accounts such as Unair Cantik1954 is an objectification of women. The admins of these accounts create instastory photos of women along with the Instagram rating feature.
Instastory like that makes women as goods that can be judged by strangers they do not know. It even leads women to a position of subordination and negative labeling.
The second point in the response of the second BEM Fisip Unair to the account of unair Cantik1954 was assessed as glorifying sexism. The emergence of the accounts unair Cantik1954 and handsomeunair perpetuated the toxic beauty standard.
Accounts like this classify those who are ‘beautiful’ better than ‘ugly’ people. This makes beauty privilege more lasting.
Another impact is giving a feeling of insecurity to those who are considered to have no physique according to the beauty standards of the photos of people in this account upload.
These accounts are also indirectly at risk of spreading personal data. These concerns can lead to the vulnerability of sexual harassment to students and students whose photos are uploaded there.
“Inclusion of the name, faculty, and year of class causes the personal data of the student concerned to be easily misused so that there is a possibility that they will receive direct messages that lead to sexual harassment,” said BEM Fisip Unair.
BEM Fisip Unair’s response to the accounts of unair Cantik1954 and handsomeunair received support from the public.
“Increase engagement through photos of beautiful girls so that I can earn money from PP. In the end, it’s still personal interest, wow,” a netizen commented.
“So cool, finally someone talks about this!” said another.
“Cool Fisip, just report accounts like this from the start, since there are accounts of beautiful or handsome students, I feel like something is wrong,” another said.
“What are you doing to make an account like that anyway? It’s better to make an account for students or college students who excel, right?” another netizen said.
Until this article was compiled, the Instagram account unair Cantik1954 no longer existed.