When I was around eighteen years old I stopped buying fashion magazines.  For one simple reason.  They did not make me feel good.  At the time it was difficult to put my finger on what it was exactly that made me feel bad, but without fail, I would finish a magazine feeling more insecure and more confused as to who I was or “should be”.

I could write much more about this but really this little video says it all.  What is sad is that the woman speaking sounds about my age when I decided to stop buying magazines which means that unfortunately nothing has changed in the last twenty-five years!

If you would like to watch more great and powerful spoken word poetry then Rachel Cole’s blogpost “Just say it” lists some of the best.

What do you think about this?  Do you buy fashion magazines?  How do they make you feel?


Jewels · February 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm

This is soooo good!

    elizabethmilligan · February 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you. It’s a great little video, isn’t it? Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find out anything about the woman who posted it so am unable to give the proper credit.

kathythesane · February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Reblogged this on musings from outside the asylum and commented:
Thank you Elizabeth, wise words from Rachel Cole’s, and yes sad that little has changed in 25 years. (In fact I think it has changed for the worse).

echoesofthepen · February 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm

A very poignant video, and accompanying commentary from you. I agree with the previous comment, that things have indeed gotten worse; media expectations now cross all genders and age-groups – just as young girls worry about their weight and figures, and how they compare to the latest fashion idols, so too young boys and men now worry about their physiques and how they measure up to their on-screen action heroes, and all the GQ adverts/images – it’s virtually impossible not to open a popular magazine or newspaper, or glance at a Facebook page, without seeing adverts for instant fix solutions for that dreamed of look or body – it’s quite sad when you hear stories of young girls wanting surgery or jeopardizing their health with extreme dieting, or young teenage boys messing about with steroids to accelerate their muscle growth and body building. A very timely and thought provoking post…

    elizabethmilligan · February 14, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Hi there and thanks for commenting. It is sad, isn’t it? And yes, now it is not only women who are faced with worries about looks and how they measure up. Young men are also now targets for advertising campaigns. I don’t really see a solution but it is encouraging to see that people are finally speaking up. Hopefully now is the time for change.

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