Amy Schumer & Blake Lively Call Out Girls Magazine for Its Sexist BS & It's a Start

Amy schumer and Blake lively speak out about Girl's Magazine

Feminists everywhere flipped when they got wind of the cover of September's issue of Girls' Life magazine -- especially after seeing it compared to the cover of Boys' Life magazine in a side-by-side image that went viral just a few weeks ago. It made it painfully obvious just how sexist society still is, and while Amy Schumer may be a little late to the conversation, I think if Schumer's hard "NO" is any indication of her feelings toward the ad, she may agree with my aforementioned sentiment. 


Yep, Amy kept it short and sweet with her Instagram caption while posting the side-by-side image of the magazines to her account. Celebrities like Blake Lively and Katie Holmes went on to repost the image with their own, equally appalled sentiments.

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Lively's caption read, "Wow. @amyschumer I second that emotion. Ladies, let's not let this happen anymore..." while Holmes hashtagged the image #ThisNeedsToChange. 

We often get to see this display of the media pitting women against themselves, their own self-worth, and their own sense of confidence with misogynistic images -- and deep down we know that those ads, no matter which demographic they're intended for, harm all women alike. However, it might be easier to brush them off in magazines with an adult demographic -- that is, until you see the blatantly sexist attitude that plagues women's magazines infiltrating young girls' magazines, as well.

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In its entirety, that cover discounted young women everywhere -- from their beauty to their brains. It implied that the girl reading it was somehow less beautiful by pushing tips on how to "wake up pretty" alongside a model's face full of makeup; the cover didn't seem to offer women any solid main stories on how to "explore their future" outside of makeup or even how to be both beautiful and brilliant. (One quick aside to aiming for all As didn't quite cut it.) The only message that the cover did manage to convey (especially compared to the other magazine, which is a free publication for Boy Scouts members and not affiliated with Girls' Life mag) was that men are held to a higher standard as far as their ambition than women are, and that that standard has absolutely nothing to do with their looks. 

But, it's simple. No matter how complex we like to make the issue of body shaming or general sexism -- it's so simple. Media is a reflection of us (the people and what we want), whether it be intentional or otherwise. So with that said, we as consumers have far more control than we'd like to admit -- and yet we haven't been as successful as we'd like in turning things around.

Although I'm personally grateful for celebrities' speaking out against this double standard, there are others who feel that this isn't enough. Some of them feel that to truly change this attitude, these very women speaking out must begin to align their words with their actions by not partaking in the same kind of magazine shoots that only focus on fashion, beauty, and celebrity gossip. One Instagram user candidly addressed the celebrity trio in a comment on Katie's post: 

With all due respect, I think all three of you are helping them do this. You all are often on the covers of such magazines which cover makeup, fashion and gossip. If you took a stand and stopped taking those interviews, maybe things will start changing.

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And you know what? I get it, but here's the thing...

I think we ought to cut celebs a little slack. At the end of the day they're only human. Being in the spotlight doesn't somehow grant them a great source of wisdom. They too must develop a sense of self-love before they can speak and act on behalf of an entire generation of young women. That's not to say that they don't, but we all know these things are easier said than done -- even if you are aware that many others are looking to you as an example. 

So from this moment on, I think it's best that we make this all of our problem instead of placing the weight of the responsibility on one particular group. The truth is that it's a process, though, to change how an entire group of people may feel about themselves. It isn't something that can be done overnight.


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