Today we’re going to talk about a couple of the ridiculous things seen in women’s magazines. This post was inspired by a recent picture I saw that literally made NO sense. The other day, I was flipping through an issue of Health magazine and I saw this:
Let’s discuss this for a minute. In this article about why you should lift weights, they feature this picture. There are several GLARING problems with this. First of all, she’s working out in a bathing suit. A bathing suit. I don’t know about you, but hitting the weight room in my bikini is not usually my first choice.
Second, she’s lifting about four pounds in an article discussing the importance of going outside your comfort zone and lifting heavier weights. This model looks completely exhausted from lifting her 4-pounder. Either that or she’s turned on. I really can’t tell.
Good thing she’s wearing those hard-core weight lifting gloves. That four-pounder might give her hands callouses. Yeesh. It’s also a good thing she’s wearing red lipstick to the gym, in case the bikini top wasn’t enough.
Sadly, the women’s magazine fails don’t stop there. I also saw this on the cover of my mom’s magazine a while back:
Did you see what I saw? No it’s not the “red wine prevents alzheimer’s” article. I was excited about that one. The issue is that first they have an article telling us how to beat sugar cravings. Then RIGHT BELOW IT is a headline for their yummiest cupcakes ever. What?? How do I…? Do I want sugar? Do I not want sugar? What do I doooo?
Women’s magazines are just one small part of the never-ending media push telling women to do more, accomplish more, weigh less, eat less, and never, EVER look like you’re aging. Of course, as much as I just ragged on current women’s magazines, it could be worse. We could’ve been reading magazines in 1938.
Yep. That was a real thing.
In a society that still continues to give women terrible advice and push unrealistic expectations, I’ve become so grateful for the blogging world. I’ve found so many awesome bloggers who talk about balance, moderation, and being true to yourself and I try to do the same here on KRFF. Amidst constant expectations, pressure to be perfect, and unrealistic advice for women, I’m so glad to have become part of the HLB world.
So here is my oath to you, my dear readers. I can promise you that I will never post a picture of myself at the gym with my hair down and lipstick on. I can also promise you that I will never work out in a bathing suit. Because real people don’t do that.
What are you thoughts on women’s magazines?
Have you ever worked out in a bathing suit?