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?)
Finally. I knew that I didn’t imagine this photo! Well done, well, done! I suggest using this somehow in your next tidbit post.
OMG…I never thought of that…But then everyone WOULD know it is me, LOL!!! 😀
Then use my aerial idea. 😀
I cannot wait for that…for, um, artistic reasons. 😀
Yeah, yeah…I hear ya, LOL…. 😉
😀 i knew you’d understand. Let me know if i can help you choose the right phoo. 🙂
Phoo? Hmmmmm…. 😀
You know, I actually KNEW that, but I HADTA mess with ya. 🙂
Lol! Of course you did, and I would be bumming if you didn’t. 🙂
BTW….check this out
Are you on schedule for Wednesdays post? It was a cliffhanger last week!
Yup. Wednesday night, assuming our accreditation survey isn’t going on. Maybe I need to schedule it to post and do it tonite…
With an aerial motif? 😀
Maybe so…I have something in mind…
Wednesday cant get here fast enough! Just let me know if you need help picking out the right one. 😀
You know, I may just take you up on that. 😀
Please do! Ill be checking out my email constantly! 🙂
It needs a LOT of work…
I’m here to help. Check your email again.
Got it! 🙂
Yes!!! ❤ it!
I knew you would. I’ll get on it it right away.
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!
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
Raising my glass (of water on the rocks) to you, my friend! 😀 I don’t know why that annoyed me like it did. Maybe because when I WAS a plus size I would have killed to be a 10 or an 8…I don’t dig the labeling, I guess, and to label someone based on size of clothing just seems off kilter to me.
*clink clink* Cheers! lol We should be drinking our water in large wine glasses just to make it more fun! lol
I totally know why it annoyed you. The same reason it annoys me. They are the whole reason people have negative thoughts about body image and eating disorders and everything in between. The movies stars of way back when were 12’s and 14’s and no one even thought about calling them “plus” sizes; and they were gorgeous! I’m with you that you shouldn’t label someone based on a size. I was dying to get back in a 10 or shoot, even a 12, myself not that long ago….it is totally off kilter. I did see something recently about Tim Gunn (I think that’s his name) saying that he didn’t like that and that this years show (I’ve actually never watched it) would be dedicated to what runway people call plus sized. I’m glad someone out there cares about us normal sized people.
Ok, yes, that is it, pretty much in a nut shell…! You articulated that beautifully! Thank you! 🙂
And yes to wine glasses! My boss would get a total kick out of that! 😉
You should totally do it! lol It would brighten your day and sounds like at least one other persons! 😀
Or raise a lot of eyebrows, lol!
That’s the fun part! Keep ’em guessin’! If I worked with you, we’d SOOO be doing this tomorrow! lolol
Im bringing one of my pretty ones in. 😉
Can’t wait to hear about it! 😀
And you know ill blog it, lmao!
Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! roflmao
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…
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….
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.
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! ❤
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!
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!! 🙂
Thanks so much! I agree that maybe our perception has changed, but I don’t remember it being all about how to attract a man. Of course, my memory isnt what it once was. Lol!
I hate COSMO…I used to call it “Blowjobs are US Magazine”…
I just choked on my water!
Thank you, my friend!