Remember that time a women’s magazine told you that you were perfect and should just love yourself the way you are? Us neither.
Sometimes we feel like women’s magazines basically exist toÂ make you feel really awful about yourselfÂ so youâ€™ll go and buy that eyeliner, sign up for that pilates class or get your crotch waxed. Itâ€™s like body-shaming 101 every month, starting with the photoshopping and the airbrushing of its cover girls.
But Womenâ€™s Health SA appears to have taken it to the next level this month with a column by one Josh Burt, whoÂ opines that â€œVaginas look gross, they smell weird and they break every rule of being dainty and feminine by daring to grow hair around themselves.â€
Dorothy Black, who pointed out this hot mess in an opinion piece forÂ Women24,Â said that whileÂ she had no problem with the writerâ€™s opinion, she wondered whyÂ a womenâ€™s magazine would â€œchoose to highlight this very narrow, body-shaming viewâ€.
â€œHow do we expect to hand down or share healthier views on sex and body, to our daughters, sons, sisters, friends and the men in our life, if the mouthpieces of our time â€“ the women around us â€“ are still telling us weâ€™re kinda gross and unacceptable?â€ she asked.
Anybody want to hazard a guess? Because itâ€™s certainly beyond us.