Why I'm Breaking Up With 'Marie Claire'

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marie claire june kate hudson ginnifer goodwinYou'd think that a cover story featuring chick flick Something Borrowed co-stars Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin would have something to do with ... the film, the shooting of the film, the way the two actresses bonded while shooting the film, or even their love lives. The last thing you might expect is SIX PARAGRAPHS about weight. But that's exactly what Marie Clarie's June issue offers up to readers.

Gems from the story include discussion of Hudson looking "ungainly" while she was pregnant the first time, how "thanks to ferocious morning sickness, plus a decidedly figure-conscious mind-set, she's gained just 11 pounds so far," how Ginnifer Goodwin follows the Weight Watchers Points system obsessively but has "never had body issues" or an "eating disorder." Uh ... wait a sec. What does any of this have to do with the film Hudson and Goodwin are promoting right now, which is about two life-long BFFs competing for the same guy?

Turns out, it has nothing to do with the movie or the actresses, and everything to do with Marie Claire.

After the inclusion of a condescending regular fashion column called "Big Girl in a Skinny World," the Maura Kelly "I hate fat people" incident of 2010, and now this, what's going on here is clear: Marie Claire has a weight problem. Specifically, the tone of the glossy women's lifestyle mag has gone from "provocative" to blatantly riddled with stories, columns, blog posts, and yes, even cover stories with the underlying message that we should all be obsessed with achieving a skinny ideal. By any means necessary. Because fat people are disgusting.

But if you happen to be "curvy" (many a women's mag's misnomer/euphemism for "chubby," which when used accurately describes someone with a feminine, pear, or hourglass figure), the magazine will still patronizingly pat you on the head and say, "That's okay, Big Girl, you can still wear these semi-attractive plus-size shorts."

It's hard enough to find support and empowerment out there in the world for us as women. We indulge in "fat talk" even if we're not, consider buying bikinis or new jeans torture, nitpick our every flaw in the mirror, or try to fix it with everything from $40 creams to plastic surgery. Come on -- the last thing we need is to read a magazine that makes us feel bad about ourselves! Well, I'll speak for myself. It's the last thing I need. 

I want to read magazines and websites that cheer for me, support me, lift me up instead of bring me down. Stories that inspire me, not ones that play on my deepest, darkest fears and insecurities.

Marie Claire has proven again and again that they are not interested in doing any of the above for their readers. It's like this ... I've always thought of magazines or websites as having human-like personalities. VOGUE is a fashionista, Cosmo is the friend who most reminds you of Samantha Jones, but Marie Claire -- it's the cold skinny bitch who used to be your friend but now just tries to make you feel bad about yourself.

Well, I'm betting I'm not the only woman who wants out of this dysfunctional relationship.

Does Marie Claire's extreme take on weight turn you off enough to stop reading?

 

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