Why I Stopped Buying Women’s Magazines
I don’t always buy women’s magazine, but when I do I wish I didn’t. I hadn’t bought a magazine in months, but yesterday I suddenly gave in. Those magazines looked so beautiful, so glossy and enticing. I had to buy a couple. As soon as I went home and flipped through the pages, I started wishing I didn’t. When I actually read a few words, I had a sudden urge to throw the said magazine out of the window.
Why Women’s Magazines are not for Women
How is it that in 2014 women’s magazines are still not on women’s side? Wait, let me ask the right question: how is it that in 2014 we still haven’t realized how women’s magazines are a way to control us?
I decided not to buy a magazine a few months ago, after I started realizing that the ideas I got from those magazines were just plain bad. I realized that flipping through the pages of magazines of the like of Glamour and Cosmopolitan just didn’t feel right.
Super photoshopped models, articles on how to get this or that man, columns on what men think about this or that thing we wear, ways to be more beautiful, sexier, how to get back in shape after giving birth, how to hide this or that flaw and so on.
Do you think this means being on women’s side? Do you think those magazines are written by women for women? I honestly don’t.
Words that Made me Cringe
When I read those words I couldn’t believe my eyes. I know I should have expected something like it from an article called “Men seen by Women.” Anyway, in the middle of a rambling about how high heels turn on men even if the wearer cannot walk in them, here it comes:
“There are days when we just feel like wearing ballet flats. We feel like Audrey Hepburn, even if we weigh 180 kg (400 lbs) and our neck looks like a bull’s neck.”
Wait, WHAT? Did she really? Yes, she did. And yes, the columnist is a woman. Don’t you see something quite wrong in the sentence above? Don’t you think someone should have questioned what was going to be published on a Condé Nast magazine?
But the worst was yet to come, and I didn’t know it. I turned the page quite upset and found another promising article: “Do you Want to Come Shopping With Me?” This time the author was a man, but things didn’t get better.
The article is about the dread men feel when women want them to go shopping. I should have skipped the whole page, I know. But I read it instead. And that’s what I found:
“[shopping makes men regret of] when they were single and wild, free to dive into adventure. It doesn’t matter if all they did was spending the night playing Playstation or watching asses passing by while sitting with friends at a café.”
Ehrm. Ok, I give up. The article written by a woman screams “body shaming” from every comma. The latter’s written by a man and it definitely doesn’t speak in men’s favour. And yes, he really said “watching asses passing by.” Kudos to you guy, you just spoke of women like they were “asses walking by” and depicted single men like brainless-Playstation-playing-douches.
This brings up another Million Dollar Question. How many people read these articles before they actually get printed out? How do editors choose their columnists?
Now I’m asking for your help. Is there any magazine who really cares about the well-being of their readers? Does a magazine that cares about eradicating stereotypes exist? Let’s build a society that is based on respect both for women and for men.
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