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:
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?)