Caution: Rant ahead. Oh, and I'm linking a couple of nude pictures - tastefully done, but still, nekkid women - so click at your discretion.
The June issue of More magazine has me peeved off enough that I'm thinking about canceling my subscription - not that it would do any good. Two articles really set me off: first, in My Body as a Work of Art, there are pictures of nude women, supposedly embracing their body image...and while I am glad there are normal- and large-sized women depicted, they have been airbrushed so much that hell, I'd pose naked if I thought I'd look like that! What really, really got me was one woman who said she "gained 80 pounds and had a traumatic cesarean" - so where is her c-section scar? Where are her stretch marks? Now, I'm sure she had them coming into the photo session, but come on, More magazine...what are you trying to say? By airbrushing out this woman's battle scars, you are erasing the real woman. You might as well have just put a picture of a Barbie doll for all of the impact this article had.
As if this wasn't enough to irritate me, a few pages later I came across an article titled "Showdown at the Biggest Loser Boot Camp" - sounds interesting, right? Well. The woman who wrote the article did not have a weight problem. She came to the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge, all 5'10" and 145 pounds of her, as a lark. A fun thing to do with her sister and mother - all of whom had normal BMI's and weight. They were obsessed with the television show and decided that going through boot camp would be fun - and hey, they might just lose five or 10 pounds! Not surprisingly, other campers - people who actually needed to lose weight - were a bit ticked off. Now I know everyone has their own journey in life, and if she had the money to spend at Fitness Ridge, I'm sure they were more than happy to take it. But a funny and introspective article about a week there could have been written by someone who actually did have a weight problem, and it would have carried a lot more weight (pardon the pun). As it was, the article More published only served to showed me how out of touch they are with real people.
Do you find yourself becoming more impatient with things like this, or am I becoming a cranky old lady?