When you’re a man, your job is to take pictures and post them to social media… but what about when you’re women?
The internet is a sexist place, so it’s no surprise that women who choose to post on it often find themselves under attack.
When a female journalist posts a photo on Twitter or Instagram, her profile picture is frequently a picture of her wearing an outfit that includes a white shirt with the words “The Man” written in big red letters on it.
The same is true of many other pictures of women’s bodies, which can be used to describe them in many different ways.
A popular meme suggests that if a woman is wearing makeup and a tight black skirt, then she’s a slut.
Others have used them to make fun of people who are perceived as “unprofessional”.
Some women who have chosen to use photos of themselves as a source of information have found themselves attacked for their choice.
“People will comment, ‘Oh, you’re just trying to make money off this.
You don’t care about women’,” says Sarah Jones, a journalist who writes for VICE magazine.
“I’m like, ‘Yeah, but you know what?
This is a great way to get people to pay attention to me.’
People will comment on how I’ve made money off my photos, or how my work has been noticed.
The worst thing you can do is try to profit off of women.
It’s not worth it.”
But Jones has also been attacked for her use of photos of her as a reference point for her work.
When I asked Jones why she decided to use her photos as a way to illustrate how women are viewed online, she replied: “When I was writing my piece about the men’s rights movement, I was having trouble keeping up with how the internet was changing.”
And while some of her colleagues have accepted that her work has drawn the ire of men, others have told VICE News they’re baffled as to why people are still making fun of women for using photos of their bodies.
“This is just the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” says Jessica Breen, a writer for Vice.
“To be accused of trying to get women to pay for something that they already do, because they’re too busy to make a photo out of their body.”
Jones has been attacked before.
In 2016, she was told that her photos of herself would be used in ads for a new men’s fashion line, but she didn’t know that the line would be called “Women for Men.”
Her story has been picked up by the Washington Post and other media outlets, but Jones says she hasn’t been the only woman to be harassed.
“When the backlash started, it was from my male colleagues,” she says.
“There were some really big conversations about what the terms of the conversation should be, and I’ve seen it escalate from there.”
When Jones was approached by VICE News to tell her story, she told us: I’m tired of seeing my body used as a joke in ads that I know are aimed at men.
I’m a journalist.
I have the right to tell the truth about what is going on.
That’s my job.
And I don’t need to be called a whore for doing so.
Jones is a woman of colour and a black woman, and her work is often criticized as a representation of the gender breakdown of women in the world.
Jones says that, for her, the criticism of her work was “a bit weird.”
“There’s a lot of people that are like, why don’t you take a look at the tweets and Instagrams that you get from men,” she tells me.
“Why do you think people are making fun at me?”
But she says she does not consider herself to be a “whore.”
“I think that I do a lot in my day-to-day life of writing and writing about other people, and if that is going to be perceived as ‘whorey’ or ‘stereotypical’, I don