why i read Esquire-instead of women’s magazines…i suppose i’m well past the age of believing there is some magic pot of expensive whatever, that will keep me young. Advertising in women’s mags, i am deeply offended by the barely twenty year old, trying to sell me an anti-aging product that will rid me of…well, aging. Or the beautiful women my age, their skin as tight as a babe’s tush, when we KNOW they have filled their faces with botox AND then claim it’s the magic pot of cream that made them thus. LIES, all.
Hypocrisy on every page…anti-aging cream on the young, the skinny woman in the apron-cooking w/butter or the woman, dressed in expensive clothes, injected with expensive botox, showing us how to put our things away, in homes most of us cannot afford to own. The first few pages of woman’s mags are 1. dieting…don’t eat. 2. but do exercise 3. oh, then cook food…cakes & casseroles on the NEXT page.
The undeniable truth is women feel we do not age as well as men, or we shouldn’t age at all. Women look for magic, within the pages of a magazine or the drug store, or department stores–to become beautiful, or younger, and thinner…and if we can’t do that, we are supposed to be cooking a lot of food & being taught how to put it on the table. Magazine after magazine repeats these things over & over with nothing new to learn about REAL LIFE.
They depress me. I feel old, ugly, fat & poor after looking at women’s magazines.
So i read Esquire. The Cold Open is brilliant (more often than not)… there are stories, cut to fit, written by authors THAT write books. WOW. men read? But women do not? The MaHB SEX section of the magazine is hysterical, not from those who have questioned their male parts, but the answers to them.
Instead of looking at beautiful photoshopped women (polished to an unnatural AND unattainable look), I look at photographs of men in advertising. That is better. I don’t feel bad looking at men with their grey hair & wrinkles, & that ‘too lazy to shave’ look. God forbid a woman to go grey, or have laugh lines. Grey hair & wrinkles are sexy on a man. Women? Aging is a no-no.
To simplify Women’s magazines (because they are all the same): You are being exploited, by corporations, for MONEY, because of your insecurities. Insecurities that have been drilled into you since puberty…You’re too fat, too poor & too old. How do we fix it? Well, buy this $100 an oz. cream & exercise, you cow.
I read Esquire because it is a smarter, funnier & truthful-even if it hurts.
In one issue, Mary-Louise Parker writes a fictional story about Popeye & Olive: “I remember when you went off to trek the Pyrenees, you brought me flowers you picked from the top of a mountain there, carried them back in a tiny woven basket that I saved to this day, even though the flowers are dust. I wrote about us while you were away in a notebook that eventually saw the end of us, but the last I wrote about that time was in ink; it was a hurried, angry scrawl reading: Time, that cold bastard, with its nearlys and untils. I think, what a shame. Time should weep for having spent me without you.”
Toss the magazines that make you feel that you’re not good enough. Find something to read that will make you feel stronger, smarter, funnier. No woman can be at peace with herself if she is reading crap aimed at making her feel like crap. These magazines are not helping anyone except the companies trying to get your last dollar, all based on a lie.
Instead of reading about how awful time is to women…go read something that does the opposite. Stop buying into of the hypocrisy found in a women’s magazines. Go do something that makes you forget what time can do & how we waste it and wish for more of it, or try to stop it.