Jul192010

Dear Parenting Magazine:

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As you can imagine, I am *not* too happy with an article you published in your July 2010 issue.

Which one, you ask?

“Feel Better Naked”.

I hate to break it to you, but it’s a joke.

And not a funny one.

The opening line “So you’re toting a few extra pounds and sagging in some places you weren’t before. So What? Your body is still sexy and incredible. Here’s how to believe it!” sounds good.

Until you put it where you did.

YOU PUT IT NEXT TO A PHOTO OF A MODEL WHO LOOKS PERFECT.

She’s probably a size 4.

When she’s bloated.

She has no cellulite.

She has perfect buns.

She has a defined waist.

Curves? Um, I must have missed them.

How can you have an article about embracing your “cottage cheese butt” (and those are YOUR words in the article, not mine.) right next to this photo of a woman in her underwear who shows NO SUCH SIGN OF COTTAGE CHEESE?

BRING ON THE CHEESE!

Then you turn the page.

And, SHUT THE FRONT DOOR…

There’s another photo, of a model, barely a size 2, in a sports bra and short-shorts.

With her flat abs, perky butt and body completely devoid of cellulite.

Above the statement:

“Drop the notion that “where your body should be” is where Victoria Beckham’s is

– or even where yours was prebaby- and you’ll make life easier”

and accompanying the article of:

“Embracing your shape.”

Parenting Magazine-

I’m unsubscribing.

And I won’t be back.

You have an article about embracing your mom-body, and then showing us images of perfect models who don’t have the features you talk about.

You’re hypocrites.

You’re sending the wrong message.

You talk about what we should do.

Then show us images of the opposite.

You’ve lost a customer.

Wow.

I mean,

WOW.

Get with the program.

There are women you could have used in those photos who weren’t still wearing the same clothes in junior high.

So, you want to know how I’m going to “Feel better Naked?

By no longer buying your magazine,

so I don’t have to see your unrealistic body images

next to the most heart-felt article.

I’m furious at what you’ve done here.

And like I said, have unsubscribed.

And won’t be back.

Sincerely,

DD

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