Fashism

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Asking for fashion feedback requires a tough skin.

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age 18+
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Positive Messages

While the site places an emphasis on appearance and material goods, rather than on inner beauty, the comments and community on the site seems generally positive and supportive.

Violence
Sex

Aside from some tight or low-cut outfits, comments seem generally be free of sexual references.

Language

Comment posts appear instantly and there's no language filter, but we didn't see any foul language during our visits.

Consumerism

Strong fashion/consumer theme. Some of the images are catalog-type shots of items from stores. Frequent users may be rewarded with gift certificates or other consumer product-related prizes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site encourages users to post photos of themselves and ask for others' opinions about how they look. Unlike sites oriented toward making fun of people, this site seems genuinely focused on helping people make fashion choices, though there's certainly an element of self-promotion and voyeurism inherent in the site. Parents will want to discuss with teen users how to protect their privacy while using the site, plus how to deal with possible criticisms about their appearance. To post comments or upload a picture to the site, users must register and be at least 13; however, there's no age verification, so it's easy to skirt the filter.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byNYCTeacher August 9, 2011

Fashism can be dangerous

So many tweens and teens on this site are overly concerned about their appearance. The site just feeds on their insecurities. Many young girls are exposing th... Continue reading

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Is it any good?

Created by a fashion fan whose husband didn't want to offer outfit advice, FASHISM lets registered users upload snapshots of clothing, hairdos, and accessories for other users to comment on. You can also click through the looks other users have posted and rate them -- or just rate comments that other users have made.

Because posted comments appear instantly, foul language, spam, and all kinds of mean barbs could find their way onto Fashism -- however, most comments are tame (and fairly supportive). There are, of course, some harsh comments. If girls are self-confident enough to handle hearing that their dress looks "kinda slutty," they may enjoy getting frank input on their ensemble. However, fashionistas who are a bit more sensitive -- particularly younger girls -- may walk away from the experience feeling more grim than glam.

Online interaction: Registered users rate others' outfits or makeup choices, and the comments are generally supportive or straightforward. Buttons let you rate user comments as snarky or helpful, and you can block users from posting on your photos.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what potentially good -- and not good -- things could happen if you ask people you don't know to rate a photo of yourself? What other ways could you determine whether or not you like an outfit or hairstyle? Check out some Digital Camera Dos and Don'ts.

  • How can you use a site like this in a safe way? And how do you protect your privacy online?

  • What kind of comments can you post about photos on the site that could be constructive? What kind of things are not so helpful or nice to say? Check out our Rules of the Road for online use.

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For kids who love fashion

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