This month when I received my Shape magazine I was appalled at the cover. So much so that I didn't even want to scandalize anyone further by taking a picture of the actual cover with out all my "cover ups" that I strategically placed.
I was already on the fence with keeping it because of the pictures....I'm not sure how they are related to health and fitness but my subscription was free so hey why not try and see if things had changed.
Well needless to say they hadn't. And if anything in the last 10 years they have gotten worse. So below is what I wrote to them....
I wanted to take a moment to explain why I cancelled my subscription. I was beyond disappointed in the September Cover picture. I am not sure how this photo builds us up as women. It further objectifies us rather than remembering we are human beings. Your magazine is suppose to be about fitness and health. This cover doesn't advertise fitness and health. It looks more like soft porn. And that makes me sad and frustrated. In a world and culture where women are continually being exploited and abused I would think you would want women to be respected and built up. I was hesitant to even get your magazine because the models are usually scantily dressed but since it was a free offer with a DVD I had received, I thought I would give it a try. I am sadly disappointed. Please consider there are impressionable young girls and ladies reading your magazines. Do you want to empower them or tear them down? Do you want build them up or do you want them to further believe the cultures lies that they are an object to be oogled at by men and women?! And to further create havoc within their self esteem to sit and compare and judge themselves and the models. Now how is that helping them learn to love themselves and to nurture themselves with healthy nutrition and movement? I hope your magazine chooses to one day take the more narrow path of true health and wellness for girls and women and not succumb to the culture of eye-candy.
Respectfully and prayerfully,
***Well unfortunately the above letter was over their word requirement. So after many many many edits and cuts this is want I was able to finally submit:
I cancelled my subscription. I was beyond disappointed in the Sept. Cover pic. It further objectifies us. This cover doesn't advertise fitness & health. It looks more like soft porn. In a world and culture where women are continually being exploited & abused I would think you would want women to be respected & built up. There are impressionable young girls & ladies reading your magazine. Do you want to empower them or do you want them to further believe the cultures lies that they are an object to be ogled at by men & women?! Further create havoc within their self esteem. How is that helping them learn to love themselves, to nurture themselves with healthy nutrition & movement? I hope your magazine chooses to one day take the more narrow path of true health & wellness for girls & women. Not succumb to the culture of eye-candy.
Respectfully and prayerfully,
***So women!!! Please be vocal about billboards, advertisements, magazines, anything...that objectifies us. And please don't become desensitized to think this is just part of the norm...changing of time....etc...no!!!! It's further stripping is from our dignity! Forgetting we are human beings... not doers...we are subjects...not objects....we are beautifully made...not billboards to be displayed!!!
I love us as women too much to stand by silently and think it is ok...please don't accept this as okay!
Love yourself as Christ loves you....with dignity....mercy...grace...beauty!