Perfect hair, perfect skin, perfect smile, perfect look. Perfect home, perfect family, perfect food, perfect mood. Is it just me, or does an aimless scroll through Instagram sometimes feel utterly exhausting?
Comparison may be the thief of joy, but we somehow can’t help ourselves when seemingly everyone on our accounts is living the high life – or at least creating the illusion of it. Enter: Mari Andrew, an American writer-turned-illustrator who has managed to amass over 599,000 followers (and counting) on her Instagram account for doing the exact opposite. At only 30 years of age, the New York City resident has already tackled the loss of her father, unexpected career detours and subsequent rejection, and a rare disorder that once left her temporarily paralyzed.
What she does best is take in stride all that life brings her way – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and channel it into her adorable and always witty Instagram posts. Today, she’s working on a book of illustrated essays, which will be published in March 2018, and continues to draw as a “new, fun form of self-expression”. If you’ve ever moved cities, gone through a painful break-up, struggled with “adulting”, or even had an off day for reasons you couldn’t articulate, then keep scrolling to see why Andrew’s posts are incredibly relatable to countless women around the world – including us.
*Same goes for racism or any -ism or -phobia.* A man might experience individual discrimination or rudeness of his gender, but sexism is institutionalized and historically ingrained. So “reverse sexism” is impossible because it implies symmetry, when men are in the privileged majority over women. A negative stereotype (while it’s well worth condemning) is not the same as society, history, and the system stacked against you. Feminism helps men by breaking down discriminatory stereotypes!