Monday, July 27, 2009

The "Problem" with Women's Magazines

The problem with women's magazines is not that they feed women double-talk about whether we should feel shame about our bodies. "Celebrate your cellulite! But quick, here's a cream to get rid of it!"

The problem with women's magazines is that they work. People devour these things. They love to be told they're ugly, they relish the idea of "quick fixes" to make them beautiful, and they love ripping apart celebrities for the crime of falling just short of perfect. Women's magazines wouldn't exist, let alone flourish, if people didn't want this stuff.

That's the disease. Women's magazines are the symptom.


  1. Agreed wholeheartedly.

    Why is it so easy to prey on people's insecurities like that?

  2. because other people's actions towards them reinforce it.