Fashism

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Get instant fashion feedback, but don't expect privacy.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Users "pull" the latest blog entries onto the screen to refresh the page, but can only see a few dozen of the most recent entries at a time before they start to repeat. Posters can use the camera to take photos of themselves, or transfer photos onto the iPhone and upload them that way.

Violence
Sex

There are some mildly suggestive themes. Some outfits are on the provocative side, with bare midriffs, extremely low pants, and so on. Questions may be along the lines of "does this outfit make me look handsome enough to find a girlfriend?"

Language

Comments may contain profanity and language that is crass or crude, such as the use of "WTF" (which stands for "what the f--k"), references to "pubes," and saying certain outfits make males look "gay."

Consumerism

Strong fashion/consumer theme. Some of the images are catalog-type shots of items from stores. You aren't prompted to tag photos with clothing brands like you are in Go Try It On, but mentions of brands such as H&M may appear in comments.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Comments may mention going out to bars, etc.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fashism is a mobile extension of the Fashism fashion social network blog. Users take photos of themselves and upload them to the community where they grade each other's looks and fashion sense using a rating system ("I Like It" or "I Hate It") or by leaving comments. The app isn't recommended for kids younger than 13 because of the potential to be exposed to some crude humor, mild sexual content, and language. There are some significant privacy concerns too, since the app offers no way to blur out faces or send the photo only to specific friends. The ratio of female to male users is about 10:1.

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Is it any good?

FASHISM is less of a stand-alone app and more of a "quick fix" for fans of the website, since you can only see a dozen or so of the most recent uploaded photo entries at a time. Compared to the similar app Go Try It On, Fashism does less to protect users' privacy but allows them to type in their own questions. As a result, you get a wider variety of questions that go beyond simply "What Should I Wear?" like "Should I get rid of my curly hair and go straight?"; "What do you think of this eyeliner?"; or "Do the two of us look alike?"

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 13, 2010
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Publisher: Fashism
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.1 or later

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