Monday, March 24, 2008

Score one for FA

As reader Annie McPhee points out, the appalling article on the "Being Girl" website (that's not even grammatical, folks!) conflating the war on terror and emotional eating has, thank the Goddess, been removed.

It's a start. But this site still has plenty of egregious content up, including this, this, and this.

Come on, people! You can't write a piece bemoaning the pressure on girls to be thin and wind it up with these words of non-wisdom:

There's no need to eliminate any food you enjoy from your diet. Just learn to make trade offs and balance unhealthy foods with healthy ones. And keep on the move. The safest and most appropriate obesity prevention strategy is to get rid of those "automobile feet" and exercise.

This site can't decide what its prime directive is. Oh, wait, yes it can: to sell "feminine hygiene" products.

All this cognitive dissonance is giving me the urge to go eat some unhealthy foods. Pie, anyone?

6 comments:

coopernicus said...

Can I have a hostess cupcake instead???

AnnieMcPhee said...

I think I'll have some fatty pot roast with egg noodles. Right before bed muahahah! The bad fatty strikes again against the tyrannous beinggirl articles :)

Harriet said...

With a wave of my magic pot holders, I grant to each and every one of you the yummies of your choice.

Enjoy!

Rachel said...

This site can't decide what its prime directive is. Oh, wait, yes it can: to sell "feminine hygiene" products.

Yeah, but to sell their products, they have to advertise, and to advertise, they have to choose where to advertise. Their prime market are those teen magazines and to get girls reading all the diet and beauty articles contained within, they have to convince girls that they need to conform to a preconceived and narrow cultural aesthetic so girls will read the magazines, see their advertisments, and buy their products. It's a win-win situation for both the magazines they've partnered with and Tampax. Not so much of a win for the girls they're indoctrinating.

carrie said...

What's really sad are the comments after the articles. My heart just breaks.

Carrie

Toby Wollin said...

You know, one of the mysteries of my years as a mother of teenage daughters was the seeming lack of these sorts of magazines in the house. Hair magazines - yes...but Seventeen, Glamour, etc. -- nope. I have the feeling we were somehow lucky - but then again, we did not have commercial tv either (bad choice of geography - we can't get anything without paying for cable).