Airbrushed Nation: The Lure & Loathing of Women's Magazines
Coming October 30, 2012
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The message that women should be wary of what women’s magazines are feeding them is a smart but often unspoken one. Women want to trust the magazines they plunk down on their coffee tables each month--even if that trust may be misplaced.
Whether it’s Glamour’s “What to do with a Naked Man,” Oprah’s “3 Ways to Tap into your Intuition,” or Good Housekeeping’s “The Test that Can Give you Cancer” (FYI, it’s the CAT scan), millions of women are affected by what they read in the chick slicks each month.
One study found after just one to three minutes of exposure to the types of images routinely found in women’s magazines, young women hate themselves more than they already do.
Worse, girls eleven to fourteen are subjected to some five hundred advertisements a day—the majority of them nipped, tucked, and airbrushed to perfection, wreaking havoc on their self esteem. No wonder 97 percent of women say thirteen negative body thoughts to themselves daily like “I hate my stomach” or “I’m ugly.”
Airbrushed Nation takes a peak into the women’s glossies for every woman who loves or hates these magazines and asks the question: Do chick slicks perpetrate a hoax on readers? Do they portray an unattainable standard of beauty and body image, skewed sexual information and a warped view of aging? Do advertisers influence the articles and does the fluffy fantasy décor, the fear mongering crime stories, the anorexic-looking models, and the unaffordable fashions serve only to make women feel inadequate?
Airbrushed Nation takes you inside the sweet scented, ad-filled pages of the chick slicks for the lure and loathing of women’s magazines.