Society today is becoming increasingly hypersexualized and tries its best to tell you confusing messages that sexualizing yourself is empowerment, yet sexualization is bad. Advocacy posts that normalize online sex work, pornography, and self-sexualization and self-objectification are abound.
When you're a teenager or young adult trying to figure out your identity, willing to please and looking to fit in, this can be incredibly dangerous. So many young girls today are posting intentionally provocative photos and videos of themselves in hopes of gaining more followers and likes, and therefore giving them the "good feels" and building up their self-esteem that can be easily shaken, and a false sense of identity.
It can be tempting to start doing the same.
What they forget is that every girl has physical sexual assets. Every girl has boobs and butt. Every girl can take provocative photos of themselves and gain attention (from men and women alike) if they want to. There is nothing special about doing so. So many girls today believe that showing off their physical assets makes them special and the next in thing, but they are just like everyone else who are doing the same thing.
They also forget that the same people who give them the attention also give hundreds of other girls who are doing the same thing, the same attention.
I won't even mention the dangers of posting provocative content on the internet — in short, photos that go online, stay online, and people will screenshot, repost, reblog, sometimes with your full name, and they will remember you for it.
You are not building your self-identity by displaying yourself in a highly sexualized manner. You are not building up your self-esteem in a healthy manner that can withstand tests and time. And if you're trying to get into a relationship, you're making it more difficult for yourself because you won't be attracting the right kind of men — men who fall for your personality, instead of only your body.
Instead, focus on building your self-esteem and identity in a healthy manner. Work on your personality flaws, find something you're good at and work really hard at it, find your hobbies, build good habits that last for life. It'll serve you much better in the long run.
Just something that came to me as a shower thought but probably can't be posted elsewhere without being shot down for "slut-shaming" or "puritanism". Bonus video: The lie of female empowerment by Sydney Watson.