Once upon a time (and in some parts of the world today) it was believed that a literate woman was a ruined woman. To this I respond– it depends what she chooses as reading material.

Based on the current climate of women’s interest magazines I fear this may have been a self-fulfilling prophecy. I, for one, feel intellectually ruined every time I walk by a newsstand.

To piggyback off Kelly and Jen from last week, the headlines, content and photographs are, at best– dumb and at worst– unhealthy.

Let’s take a look at the unmarketable truth:

On Female Empowerment:

While wearing a trendy shade of lip gloss will certainly brighten a face, it does not an empowered woman make. To become more empowered I suggest taking up interest in the sciences.

While wearing a little blush will certainly brighten the face, it does not an empowered woman make. To become more empowered I suggest taking up interest in the sciences.

 

On Intelligence:

While being wittier than a piece of chocolate cake is an admirable trait, it does not a smart woman make. To become smarter I suggest taking up interest in the humanities.

While being wittier than a piece of chocolate cake is an admirable trait, it does not a smart woman make. To become smarter I suggest taking up interest in the humanities.

 

On Strength:

While starving oneself is commendable when major surgery is booked for the following day, it does not a strong a woman make. To become stronger I suggest lifting heavy things.

While starving oneself is always a good idea before major surgery, it does not a strong a woman make. To become stronger I suggest lifting heavy things.

 

On Motherhood:

While dropping baby weight quickly is fine so long as it's not the actual infant from your arms, it does not a good mother make.  To become a good mother I suggest being attentive to one's offspring.

While dropping baby weight quickly is fine so long as it’s not the actual infant from your arms, it does not a good mother make. To become a good mother I suggest being attentive to one’s offspring.

 

On Beauty:

While sticking ones finger in one's mouth is understandable if there's food caught in a lower incisor, it does not a beautiful woman make. To be more beautiful I suggest being kind.

While sticking one’s pinky in one’s mouth is understandable if there’s food caught in a lower incisor, it does not a beautiful woman make. To be more beautiful I suggest being kind.

 

On Happiness:

While being slim is certainly good for fitting through narrow crevices and crawl spaces, it does not a happy woman make. To be happier I suggest being thankful.

While being slim is certainly good for fitting through narrow crevices and crawl spaces, it does not a happy woman make. To be happier I suggest being thankful.

 

On Being Interesting:

(No such article has ever appeared in a women’s interest magazine)

While careful and deliberate cultivation of a quirk may certainly win you points with some, it does not an interesting woman make. To be more interesting I suggest taking genuine interest in something other than oneself.

 

Questions:

Favorite magazine? Least favorite magazine?

From where do you get most of your health and fitness advice? (Blogs, mags, books, other?)

The same 3 headlines appear on almost every women’s interest magazine, every month, in different words– name those 3 headlines!

 

 

28 Thoughts on “On Magazines: The advice that doesn’t sell

  1. You nailed this one perfectly! You are correct on every thought! Love, love LOVE this post…This should be read in every middle and high school for every girl to hear! And posted in every women’s magazine!!!
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  2. Legit going to take photos of all the magazines out now ready for summer season- they all say the SAME THING.

    I find magazines to often repeat and recycle content so usually the internet is the best source- or even fitness forums (within reason. Some are whack).
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  3. Truer words (and examples) were never spoken (and given)! This post makes you a genius in my book. Even my beloved Runner’s World magazine usually has at least one headline on the cover about how running with help you lose weight. If only I could just read the paper, but I don’t think they print those anymore…
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    • Yeah runners world is usually pretty good – but sometimes even they cant help themselves. I get it though, these headlines and articles sell magazines. (No magazine is in the business of selling inner beauty after all) And yeah, i think papers went extinct :)

  4. women’s fitness magazines are stupid. there, i said it. it’s why i only buy men’s fitness magazines because although they sort of spew stupid shit like ‘get big muscles and bang that chick!’, that doesn’t apply to me so i don’t care. i hate that women’s magazines have those women all decked out in makeup and pumping iron. no real gym bitch who is serious about fitness looks or dresses like that while working out. also – the messages about being slim and being your best or staying strong by avoiding certain foods – that’s stupid. it doesn’t promote overall health (mental + physical) but alludes to a direct relationship between happiness and being skinny. /endrant
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  5. Women…Say it loud, say it often…Happiness does not come from hunger pains and digits on a scale!
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  6. I buy magazines simply to have distraction when I am on the elliptical for my marathon sprint… 100 minutes – YIKES – lol! But I take all the information with a GRAIN OF SALT and I actually really just love the weight loss stories the best because I love to see people achieve what they thought was “impossible”. I hate the stupid articles “100 best snack foods” or other BS like that, because essentially these magazines are just being sponsored by these food brand companies so they have to accentuate the positive benefits of the foods… “oh it’s super low calories…” but they won’t tell you: “but it’s laced with nasty chemicals to get you hooked so you buy more and more and more” – LOL!
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    • OMG YES! exactly!! these lists are just ads from product placement people doing their jobs. Well said! and lol girrrrl you just inspired me to do some cardio with your 100 minutes! :)

  7. I love this! Great observations (clearly you are over your writer’s block!). I completely agree that women’s magazines make us often seem shallow, incapable and generally not very smart. I actually hardly ever read magazines anymore. I used to subscribe to so many but I’ve found much better fitness, health tips and workouts available online and in blogs. I still subscribe to Cooking Light because they have amazing recipes but that’s about it!
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  8. YES! A-freakin-men. I subscribe to a ton of magazines just so I get non-bill mail, but most of them are terrible. Let’s start our own women’s magazine. I bet people would read it 😉
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  9. I love how you said beauty comes from being kind. Very, very true. Those are always the most beautiful women :) also, slim does not equal happy, which is what that headline suggests! So frustrating.

    Headlines: “69 ways to please your man!” “How to lose those stubborn five pounds!” “How to finally lose the weight and be happy!” Haha not sure on the last one but man am I sick of the ways to please a man. There can’t be that many ways every month. And where are the guidelines to making ME happy? I’M the complicated one, jeez. Also, of COURSE it’s 69. We get it, magazine, you’re clever and good and sexual innuendos.
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  10. Charlotte – BRILLIANT deductions, my friend!!! Love them all – specially the one on motherhood! I don’t actually buy magazines, my daughter and I laugh at them while standing in the check out line at the store..so blogs are where I get my inspiration and motivation and info currently. So what are the 3 headlines????

  11. This is so true!! I read magazines sometimes at the beach or when traveling and enjoy the features on interesting people, but you’re right, they almost always have the same damn headlines. It can be brainwashing!
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  12. I gave up on reading health and fitness magazines long ago because it was the same old thing over and over, and I got tired of hearing about 1200 calorie diets and how to lose 5 inches in 5 days. Go away. Now I spend all my time reading blogs and books.
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  13. WHOA this is such a unique post, I LOVE. I particularly enjoyed the comment about ones pinky removing food from the lower incisor. Way to correctly speak about the teeth in a scientific way.
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  14. I stopped reading those magazines years ago. It was the same thing over and over and I could care less how long it took Angeline to lose the baby weight. These days I read books, blogs and Eating Well, my favorite food porn magazine.

  15. I also quit reading women’s magazines awhile ago and now only read professional magazines as the field of fitness is my profession. However, someone suggested Indie Chicks to me recently and I tried reading their blog for awhile. The thing that turned me off to them is the same thing that turned me off to the other women’s magazines….it tends to be (if it’s good information) too common sense.
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