It’s 2013, is name calling in magazines still happening? Yes…sigh…so there I was…chatting with some really nice woman on the plane. She offered me one of her magazines to read. I accepted, because I used to love this certain publication. As I was flipping through, I came across a “Sexy vs. Skanky” feature. I stopped and read it. The big bold print, bright colors, celebrity photos, and brazen headline grabbed my jet-lagged attention.
I immediately felt uneasy about this feature. Dictionary.com defines sexy as excitingly appealing; glamorous. While, it defines skanky as dirty, foul-smelling, or unattractive.
My first thought was “why would a magazine aimed at young (some impressionable) women resort to name calling because they don’t approve of their fashion choices?” Especially, one that claims it’s a “…cheerleader—for millions of fun, fearless females who want to be the best they can be in every area of their lives.” This feature doesn’t really match that motto.
I’m not going to name the publication, all though most of you will probably know who it is. I don’t think it’s about this magazine, but all of those out there targeted to young women. And according to this magazine’s media kit, 58% of it’s readers are ages 18-34 with millions of issues in circulation.
So…this is where my confusion lies and maybe you can help me by answering the two polls below.
Why would a very popular magazine (aimed at young women) call other women “skanky” and think it’s OK?
Do you think magazine features like this affect the way we (as women) constantly judge each other?
I may not agree with what you’re wearing or how much skin you’re showing, but does that mean it’s OK to result to name calling?
Am I thinking too much into this? Is this just for “fun and entertainment” only? Does that then make it OK?
I’d love to know what you think…take my poll below and leave a comment.