- An idea that, like a gene, can replicate and evolve.
- A unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.
- A cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by nongenetic means (as by imitation); “memes are the cultural counterpart of genes”.
- Or in regards to the Internet:A meme spread online could be just about anything that is voluntarily shared, including phrases, images, rumors and audio or video files. An Internet meme might originate and stay online. However, frequently memes cross over and may spread from the offline world to online or vice-versa.
Today, Jane at Confessions of a Middle-Aged Suburban Diva posted a meme unlike others than I've put on this blog. In her 'year of living bodaciously' she throws out the challenge for women to be more supportive of themselves and each other. Gender power. I've often lamented over how women are their own worst critics. Not just personally, but of one another. We, myself included, are quick to point out our physical flaws. Skinny friends are bitches because they are thin. Big breasted women are too often assumed as bimbos or self-devaluing if they push the girls out there proudly.
This week Jane asks her women readers to finish this phrase: Finish the phrase: “One thing I love about my body is…”
Now, some of you might jump to conclusions that I'll say my breasticular units. Yes, I talk about them and they are a part of my identity. I joke that they enter a room 10 minutes before I do. My quest for finding a proper harnessing device is often the subject of what I write. But that isn't what I love about my body.