I recently glanced at our pile of mail and gracing the top of the stack was a magazine with a half-naked woman on top. I automatically assumed my husband decided to subscribe to Maxim (I was thrilled since it’s a great magazine to have lying around the house when I’m trying to raise my son not to objectify women.) To my utter astonishment I was staring at my own subscription! I love Women’s Health, it’s the only subscription I keep since it’s a great resource on healthy living. So why does a magazine geared toward women suddenly look like its target audience is men? Historically the magazine has always featured women in bathing suits, let’s face it society’s biggest motivation to be healthy is to look good and they capitalize on that fact. Nothing wrong with that–I am not some prude suggesting they plaster the cover of their health magazine with women in parkas! However, do I need the only thing between me and an actress’s nipple to be her own hand?
Overanalyzing a couple magazine covers is not the purpose of today’s post. It’s the societal trend of constantly objectifying women that bothers me. When talented women (actresses, songwriters, etc) feel the need to pose half-naked to get a magazine cover it shifts the focus away from their talents to their body. I want my daughter (if I have one) to know that she is more than a body and my son to know a woman’s worth is not external. As a mom you are definitely more hypersensitive because you want to raise your children with the right values but even pre-Nate I was frustrated when I saw half-naked women advertising a fast food hamburger because it’s unnecessary. Anyone else hoping to sip coffee this morning and read about healthy living without looking at softcore porn?