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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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!