12 Offensive Phrases All Women’s Magazines Should Ban Right Now
In case you haven’t heard, Women’s Health magazine recently decided to ban the phrases “bikini body” and “drop two sizes” from their covers. Amy Keller Laird, the magazine’s Editor in Chief, made the announcement on the magazine’s website and explained that this was a response to feedback from their readers. But more importantly, the staff finally realized how offensive these phrases are. So in an attempt to “up their game” and improve the magazine for readers, Women’s Health has made the best possible New Year’s resolution: To get rid of those two phrases for good.
The magazine should definitely be applauded for taking such an important step towards body positivity. They acknowledged the fact that, while it wasn’t always intentional, they’ve been encouraging women to sculpt themselves into the ideal body type, which, according to them, meant having a slim waist, flat belly, firm butt, and toned legs. The fact that they’re actually doing something to change this, or to make women feel more confident in their own skin shows that we’re making some progress. However, the fact that there are so many other women’s publications out there that are still embracing phrases like “flatten your belly,” “get thin fast” and “look great naked” proves that we still have a far way to go.