Total lunar eclipse for the Americas on April 14th 15th 2014
Okay so last night I set my alarm so that I could wake up and see this. However, now I can’t remember if I actually woke up and witnessed this or if was all a dream..
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.
I HEARD RUMORS THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING ON IN THE THINSPO TAG, SO I DECIDED TO CHECK IT OUT AND
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!!!
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.