Early this week I saw a post about magazines always making you feel one step behind. (Here’s the link if any of you are interested.) The OP basically touched based on the manipulative form of propaganda magazines use when advertising idealistic portrayals of women. She takes a picture of two magazines: one that reads “Get thin fast”, and another that reads “Get thin too fast?” It isn’t news how these companies operate, feeding poisonous beauty ideals to women across the world. Covers like that are all a part of their game: build your self-esteem up, and then tear it down so that you continued to feed into their bullshit. It wasn’t until I figured this out that I realized this vicious cycle doesn’t stop at magazine covers. 

I thought for a while about why people buy magazines. Some make the purchase for beauty tips, relationship advice, and gossip columns. But, who is this advice coming from? Who are these beauty tips based off of? And, who are they gossiping about? The answer: celebrities. Not just any celebrities though, you’re favorite celebrity, and that is where the cycle starts. 

How many of you tore posters out of magazines to hang up in your looker, or bedroom. I won’t lie, I had my fair share of J14, tear away Zac Efron pictures. We all remember what it’s like to see your favorite celebrity on a magazine and beg your parent to buy it. Some of you may still purchase magazines for that reason. Did you every stop to think about why that celebrity was placed on the cover? They were chosen because they appeal to the target audience of each magazine. For example, One Direction being chose for the cover of Teen Vouge and Seventeen, while artist like Katy Perry and Rihanna are placed on Cosmopolitan. 

This all comes across as an innocent marketing strategy, but it is much more than that. Why do teenage girls fancy one direction? It is not just because they’re seen as attractive, but also because of the message they deliver. Their songs attempt to lift the spirits of young girls and encourage them to accept themselves as beautiful. Of course, this leads to parents accepting them as role models, and when they see them on the cover of a magazine what do they do? They buy it. 

So now we have a magazine with teenage sensation Harry Styles on the cover. Underneath his picture is a text that reads, “Hear why Harry thinks all girls are beautiful.” That’s a great, positive message to share with your child, right? But wait, the Styles interview doesn’t appear until page 116. So, in order to hear why all girls are beautiful, you must first go through 115 pages on why you’re not. This is what’s hidden underneath it all; the vicious cycle that I mentioned before. 

The same goes for women’s magazines. Artist like Katy Perry and Rihanna make you feel good when you listen to them, sexy even. Therefore, when you see them on the cover Cosmo, claiming to be “just like you”, it makes sense to purchase it. However that interview is only about two pages long. The rest of those pages are filled with images to remind you that you are not just like Rihanna. 

Keep this in mind the next time you’re browsing through magazines in the bookstore. 


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I HEARD RUMORS THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING ON IN THE THINSPO TAG, SO I DECIDED TO CHECK IT OUT AND

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LOOK AT THIS. NO MORE TINY-ASS STRIP AT THE TOP OF THE RESULTS. NO SIR, THERE’S NO WAY YOU CAN MISS THIS. AN ENTIRE FUCKING PAGE DEDICATED TO TRYING TO GET PEOPLE HELP.

STAFF IS DONEWITH THIS PRO-ANA BULLSHIT.

WAY TO GO STAFF. WAY TO FUCKING GO!

Wow, this is awesome!

I am so so happy they did this.

This is wonderful!

This is one of the best tumblr updates EVER!!! I am so HAPPY to see this!!!


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Black History Month on SNL

lmfao!

Gotcha

This is the best SNL skit ever made

Lmaooooooo

Happy black history month

I have been watching this since February and I am still dying of laughter.

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I could talk about a current event, but then I’d get all worked up and annoyed about how shitty people can be. I’m in a pretty good mood and I’m trying to keep it that way. So, instead I’m going to talk about my super fun weekend! Technically this is a current event considering it happened currently… 

Friday was my best friends birthday! So, me and two of our close friends made our way up to Binghamton University to visit. She better love us too because we came from all over. Rachel came from Cuse, Christina came from Oswego, and I of course came from Buffalo. Anyways, the bus ride from Buffalo to Bing is 5 hours which didn’t seem to bad until the bus BROKE DOWN! I was an hour and a half behind and stuck next to a convict straight out of the penitentiary, not kidding! He had on the prison sweatsuit and everything and had no shame in telling me where he was coming from. He made for good conversation though, not going to lie. 

Luckily for me I have great friends and they waited for me to arrive at the bus station. Since we all got in pretty late, the first night we just hung out in my friends suite and ate way too much birthday cake. I was so pumped to be with my girls again. Don’t get me wrong I’ve made some pretty decent friends at Buff State, but nothing will ever compare to my group of friends. 

The next night we went out to this Chi Phi frat party which, to my surprise, was much more fun than I thought it would be. It was more of a rave scene and they passed out lights and glow products a the door. Anyone who knows me knows how I get when I walk into a room flooded with music. Afterwards we roamed downtown looking for somewhere to eat, then met back up with a bunch of kids at the suite. Honestly it was probably one of the best nights I’ve had this year.


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So I’m Indian, but I was born and raised in Africa, i grew up and went to school where 95% of the people were black. Everyone in my street were black, my best friends were black, my classmates, my first girlfriend, my first hookup,most of my crushes, my teachers, my doctors, the police, the…

Sorry but you’re incorrect , this is the most common reason people say that they say the n word , “I grew up around black people” , that doesn’t excuse it

Someone should tell all the puerto ricans in NYC

All them races that swear they black

Technically they’ve (Puerto Ricans) derived from Africa, but I would agree that them using the term “nigga” is inexcusable, taking into consideration they are seen as non-black and therefore shouldn’t necessarily be using the word simply for the reason they have said African blood. Though minorities, they are simply not seen as African and African Americans are seen. They’ve been separated (for numerous reasons)

^ yeah I know , but it be those same Puerto Ricans that will get offended when you say they’re black , but be quickest to say “nigga” , if you don’t connect yourself to the black community , don’t connect to our vernacular

Yeah some white boy used the word the other day and I told him that I’m gonna have a big problem with him if he continue to use that word and he goes ” it’s in my vocabulary, I grew up around black people ” ( but we go to school in a white suburban neighborhood ) and I told him ” Idc , you need to remove it from your vocabulary because your not black and I’m taking back whatever black card was given to you ” . I don’t understand why people of other races feel as if they’re entitled to OUR word. I personally have an issue with anyone that’s not black saying it. People just think it’s a cool, hip word and it’s so much more than that. If we were in this same setting in 1940 something you would be quietly watching a black man getting lynched not screaming ” free my nigga ” .

People don’t seem to understand that you and your group of friends don’t not speak for an entire community. If your black friends allow you to call them the n-word, keep it between you and them. Do NOT assume that I’m going to be just as accepting. Also do NOT tell me what I should and shouldn’t be offended by.


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