Don't you just love picking up a fashion magazine and reading those scintillating words on the cover?
Dress 10 Pounds Thinner
7 Steps To Dress Yourself Skinny
How to Look Slimmer Instantly!
|My Exact Shape & Size! Really? Oh, Yay.|
|Looks Like We've Been Reduced to Fruit. I'm Hungry.|
|Holy Shit, Batman! It's even endorsed by NBC.|
These headlines suggest--no--demand that as women we should hate our bodies and that they are inherently bad. Even great magazines like Marie Claire, who I see as more progressive in terms of their content, still lack size diversity on their pages.
A friend shared this with me recently and I love it:
I randomly received an issue of Redbook in the mail a couple of weeks ago (which I never subscribed to--weirdness), and the cover features a very slender, very blonde, Rebecca Romijn. The headline reads:
How She Got a Flat Belly After Twins (No Tummy Tuck!)
Wow. Now that is amazing! I mean after all, it's not like she's rich and has a personal trainer or anything. Is that supposed to be an inspiring article? I'm totally confused here. Because the women I know who have had kids mostly have stretch marks and beautiful bellies that reflect the tiny miracles they've brought into the world. They don't have the time or the energy to get their pre-baby figures back, which by the way, society practically demands of women.
|Lovely and Amazing|
I'm fed up with mainstream fashion and women's magazines. They have the power to change the world and the way that women are perceived, but rather they choose to manipulate and make money off the insecurities of their readers. As far as I'm concerned, that's just bad behavior. I'd much rather read and support these magazines:
If you want things to change, then stop buying and reading mainstream magazines. Let them feel the weight (pun intended) of their oppressive tactics blow up in their faces. Stand up and say NO! We have choices. Make good ones, and watch the world change. Keep doing the same thing (buying magazines that make you feel inferior) and you'll get the same result--frustration, anger, intimidation and self-loathing. The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over expecting a different result.
BOYCOTT MAINSTREAM MAGAZINES!!
Or engage in some other act of defiance. Women are powerful, especially in numbers.
Feminist Naomi Wolf said it best:
“A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.”
Where do YOU stand?
ciao for niao,