I stopped reading women’s magazines because I just can’t handle this type of content anymore:
1. Retouching: Most women’s magazines publish ads and fashion spreads featuring super-thin, airbrushed-to-perfection young models. Women of all ages feel inadequate when they compare themselves to these unrealistic images.
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2. Some women’s magazines tell women that they should let men be in charge. “Letting him see your vulnerable side will bring him closer because it unlocks his instincts to take care of you. So give him chances to take charge, and thank him after he does.
3. Often, women’s magazines subtly convey the message that getting married is a woman’s most important goal, then proceed to teach women tricks that would help them achieve that goal. “He still hasn’t proposed? This famous recipe might do the trick”.
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4. Women’s magazines often encourage women to spend ridiculous amounts of money on shoes, handbags and clothes, and often place no value on being thrifty, on saving and on becoming financially independent. “Need it now: Manolo Blahnik heels – $685.”
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5. Women’s magazines think women should freak out about aging at the tender age of 30. Thirty!
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6. Women’s magazines say things like, “Over the next year, dieters will shed pounds and gain confidence.” Can’t women gain confidence without losing weight?
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7. Women’s magazines often encourage women to follow idiotic fashion and beauty trends while completely disregarding practicality or eco-consciousness. “Usually it’s women who suffer in the name of beauty, but next fall, it just might be the ozone layer. Break out the hairspray, because high-maintenance hair that requires more than a few spritzes is about to be everywhere.”
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8. Bikini Body Countdown! When encouraging women to lose weight, many women’s magazines often focus on looks more than they focus on health.
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9. Women’s magazines tell women things like, “Men want to be constantly admired. Guys know they’re not perfect, but they want you to tell them they are, or at least highlight frequently the things they do best.”
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