Dave Chappelle and Ladymags

30 Jan
image via comedycentral.com (I added the speech bubble)

image via comedycentral.com (I added the speech bubble)

I was watching Dave Chapelle’s 2000 comedy special, Killin’ Them Softly the other night (on HBO On Demand–I like to call it “H-Bood”), and something he said really struck me:

“…all them magazines that got women goin’ crazy because women got too much advice about men from other women. And they don’t know WHAT THE (bleep) they’re talking about.

“And then the magazines trick the women. The magazines start pickin’ at your self-esteem. Every page you turn, you start feelin’ fatter and uglier, and you feel like your clothes aren’t good enough, and the magazines have you FORGETTIN’ HOW (bleep) BEAUTIFUL You are. And that’s what happens. Now look what happens. And then you forget how beautiful you are, and we all suffer.”

I subscribe to two magazines (free, through some rewards program), and I have to say, one them is incredibly guilty of this. In fact, I think most mainstream magazines are guilty of this. I was already getting Health*, and when I redeemed some points for another, I was torn about what to go with. I ultimately chose Elle, because it seemed like the most sophisticated of the options. And while that may have been true, reading it definitely doesn’t make me feel sophisticated. It makes me feel poor. And sloppy. Not ugly or fat, thank goodness, but I’m sure it makes lots of women feel that way, which is NOT COOL.

So, what are we going to do about it? More and more people have been challenging magazines (and ad campaigns) lately, like:

The girl who asked Seventeen to ditch photoshop

The girls who asked Teen Vogue to ditch photoshop

Healthy is the New Skinny

How do you feel when you read a mainstream magazine? Is there one you consider to be the worst offender?

*I think Health is great, but a little too focused on weight-loss.


One Response to “Dave Chappelle and Ladymags”


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