A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find 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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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?"
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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."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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?"
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.