I’m Pissed at Cosmo…


I used to snap up every copy of Cosmopolitan magazine I could get my hands on. I loved the whole “empowerment of women” concept. The sexual freedom was sooooo appealing to me, being a young, newly-married female, and I was really thankful that we had such a publication that would let us women take a little control back.

Apparently, either I was wrong, or things have REALLY changed since then, and we have taken giant fucking strides backwards, as women.

I was chilling by the pool and came across the following post on Facebook:

Plus size? You're kidding, right?

Plus size? You’re kidding, right?

I Googled the article (which is here) and ended up posting the following comment on their Facebook page:

Way to go, Cosmo. NOT! Labeling women size 8 and up as “plus sized”? No wonder young girls have body image issues and eating disorders. This line is really pretty, Robyn Lawley is hot as hell, and this article’s headline could have been better titled. As a 40-something woman who works her tail off in the weight room who is happy to sport a size 8, I do not consider myself to be plus sized. Oh, right… unless you are comparing me to a size 0 runway model (realistic much?), in which case, sure I am bigger than that, but how dare you label women like this? For a publication that is supposed to empower women, I’m afraid you score a FAIL on this one, Cosmo!

I will be hard pressed to purchase another issue of Cosmo. After all, I am a year and nine days shy of having lived a half century, and think I can figure out how to make my man happy in the bedroom, thank you very much….

I am anti-body shaming, for sure, and this article’s headline portraying a beautiful, HEALTHY woman as plus sized? OMG, that pissed me off pretty bad!

At my heaviest, I WAS a size 20 (I know this because 18’s were too small) and longed to get back to a 10-12 so I could feel better about myself. Saying anything over an 8 is “plus-sized” (which I am now) is insulting. With a capital F.

Here is my “plus sized” midriff… (Are they still even calling abs that?)

Because I am SUCH a plus size and all that shit.

Because I am SUCH a plus size and all that shit.

About Julie the Workaholic

Mom of three (grown) sons and one (grown) step-daughter, wife of one, friend of many, and owned by seven 4-legged critters, writer, photographer, friend, huge fan of life, and most of all, lover of all things beautiful .….Getting healthy, and hoping to make a dent in the world in a most positive way! (And then there's my alter-ego, the Workaholic, who is me, just unfiltered.)
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57 Responses to I’m Pissed at Cosmo…

  1. The V-Pub says:

    Finally. I knew that I didn’t imagine this photo! Well done, well, done! I suggest using this somehow in your next tidbit post.

  2. janeybgood says:

    Oh man Julie, I am SO glad you wrote this. I feel the exact same. It is ridiculous. I mean, look at that girl. She’s stunning. She probably farts butterflies. You da gurl!

  3. I’m with you Julie! We are NOT plus sized! You look FABULOUS! Never thought I’d have tattoos and piercings either, but at 35 I got addicted to tattoos. lol

  4. weight2lose2013 says:

    Do you think Cosmo is trolling with an article like that? Either it is, or the editorial staff, in my professional medical opinion, is bonkers. On a side note, Jules, I must say that your midriff is pretty impressive. 🙂

    • I don’t do so bad for a plus sized gal, haha…thank you. I would think a publication of that caliber would do a troll article, so I am betting bonkers, lol…

      • weight2lose2013 says:

        You’re welcome, but I was distracted a bit by the piercings. That HAD to have been painful. Main reason why I don’t have piercings and tats are needles. 🙂

        • Considering the aversion I have to needles, I am surprised at the number of tattoos and piercings I actually have, lol….

          • weight2lose2013 says:

            Me too! My belly button and gums are two of the three places that I don’t feel comfortable having sharp objects near. 🙂

            • The navel was a piece of cake. I think it was 1998 or 99 when I did it. The nose, on the other hand? The piercing wasn’t bad, but the healing part was the worst.

              • weight2lose2013 says:

                Since you’re not around much these days, I wanted to make sure that the navel piccy was still here. 🙂

                • Bro! OMG! I have been crazy busy! Planning and then DOING the first ness challenge, and the. Started a course to become certified as a trainer, so it kind of goes like this: get up, day job, home, work out, deal with challenge forums questions, eat, study, sleep. Rinse, repeat. Going to blog about it, just not tonight…because… *sigh* bedtime again! already! 😉 missing my blog peeps, tho! ❤

                  • weight2lose2013 says:

                    Here she is! FINALLY! Good to see you, sis! You really need to set your life’s priorities better and prioritize blogging above all else. 😉 We miss you too, Jules, hope to see you back soon!

  5. I’m with you…I used to love cosmo in college. I’m trying to remember if it’s my perception or the magazine that has changed. I stopped buying cosmo when it seemed like every article was about how you could change yourself to be appealing to a man…..A size 8 is definitely not plus sized. Beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes. You’re beautiful and you have a fantastic midriff!! 🙂

  6. I hate COSMO…I used to call it “Blowjobs are US Magazine”…

  7. silverliningsanddustbunnies says:

    Well said!

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