Magazines please stop giving me body issues
I walked into my local newsagent yesterday and walked out feeling less of a woman.
It wasn’t the disappointment at finding out that my mega quick-pick from Saturday’s Lotto draw had failed to draw a winner.
No, it was the wall-to-wall offerings from the Australian magazine industry that had me skulking out the door … all the while sucking in my stomach and regretting the gluten-free slice I’d had with my coffee for afternoon tea.
OUR BEST BODIES at every age!
The Body Issue
Deborah Hutton. Incredible at 50
HALF THEIR SIZE How the stars shaped up
Find your happy weight
Now, no offence to the Louises out there but I’ve had a (pun intended) gut full.
Magazine editors, I know you think you’re all very clever, sitting there at your lovely kikki.K-inspired desks in July, planning January’s cover stories and thinking about all the maple-glazed ham and rum balls we ate over the festive season (because you ever so kindly provided the recipes in your December issues).
You think, hey, what if we play the guilt card? That’ll have them buying our magazine and calling Jenny Craig faster than they can put the Tupperware lid back on scorched almonds.
Sorry, magazine editors, you’re not that clever if you think that we’re that dumb.
Do you think we will be motivated to suddenly put down that piece of white Christmas and dust off the runners, just because you put a naked, “air-brushed” 50-year-old on the cover of your magazine? Or feature 50 made-over celebrities who you used to poke a front-cover stick at for being “fat”?
Umm. I DON’T THINK SO (to borrow some of your over-used capitals).
We are tired of being fed a load of drivel.
Quite frankly, good luck to Deborah Hutton. Yes, she looks fabulous and I don’t question her decision to pose nude for a national magazine. (I do question why she’s doing the same pose Jen Hawkins did exactly two years ago. Original? Not.)
And if a celebrity wants to play the celebrity game and be proud of her curves one minute; the next showing off her miraculous weightloss, good on her.
Oh, while we’re on the topic, spare me the overly Photoshopped new celeb mum who feels the need to share her baby spinach and squeezed lemon juice diet that got her back to her pre-baby weight … before she left the delivery room.
You know what motivates women to good health?
The feeling that we are valued.
That we are loved for who we are. Not what we look like.
That our bodies are strong.
That our minds are sharp.
We might not look like the latest over-rated “it” girl but we’re more than “it” enough for ourselves.
Next year mag editors, why not talk to the women who you are wanting to buy your publications?
Ask them what they’d like to read as they sit on the beach contemplating the year ahead.
You might be very surprised.
I won’t be.
What do you think? Are you turned off by these type of cover stories? What would make you buy a magazine these days?