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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wordful Wednesday hosted by Angie

It's a hot one folks! You may want to grab your nearest Maxim magazine and fan yourselves!

Okay, so what we have here are dumb-ass females who seem to think that this is okay.
They may realize that on some level they have some talent - with their clothes on - however, they insist on succumbing to the crumbling morals of society. Let's all remember that this is sold on the regular shelves right next to the half naked women on our own magazine covers. I realize that this sets the stage for expectations as our boys grow up seeing this. What worries me, though, is our daughters growing up seeing it. Is it any wonder that doing little "favors" for the boys is seen as such a minor thing? What more are they worth, really? If this bimbo can go public with so little self respect, what can our daughters expect from themselves?
Hmmm. Not much skin showing here... Yet still sexy.

Yes, she looks quite desperate here, I must say. Although she is certainly enjoying that rock she is sitting on. And let's all take notice of the "catfight" on the top corner of the magazine. We all know that most men can be pretty shallow and enjoy these kinds of things, but really, MUST we give it to them??? They make us all look stupid.
Again, no nudity. Sex appeal. AND he's a doctor! A smart one. A bit of a rebel. A bad boy if you will. A fully clothed bad boy.

I totally expected more from Jenny. She seems like such a nice girl. I'm happy that she looks a little uncomfortable with the whole scene, and that, of all of them, she didn't have to go overboard or rub herself up against anything.

We even allow ours to age.

Oh, please. Do you really think you're leaving anything to the imagination? I totally give her the props, because she works very hard to keep that fabulous body. But, you know what? Naked bodies are not attractive. They just aren't. "Every woman's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man" for a reason. Same goes for a woman. While we (well, actually, I totally excuse myself from this statement) can pull off a bikini better than a man, save it for the beach, not for the rack at every corner store. And I totally love what this does to the average girl's sense of esteem and self-worth.

This doesn't even need words. Which is good. Because I can't think of a single one.

Isn't this a magazine cover that would make any father proud? That is another thing I think about. Do they REALLY want their Dad's seeing them like this? I would be so creeped out. I mean, seriously, what is she rubbing her nether regions up against? Oh, and goodie for Daddy! Just looky, her sister is going to be posing inside with her. Yup. That's definitely a guy thing. Weird.
Okay, yes. There is skin here. But no private parts just begging for our attention. And he is simply walking. He is not draped over anything. Nor is he sticking his hind end up to something, making us think that he wishes it were us. Which is great. Because we're smarter than that, aren't we ladies?

This really does trouble me.
It scares me for society.
It makes me worry about my daughters, like I don't have enough daughter troubles on my plate.
It makes me angry that we can't just be accepted as we are.
It embarrasses me that women are posing like this and making us all out to be only worthy of looking pretty on a man's arm. Or a rock. Or whatever that thing is on Paris's ass.
I'm embarrassed and humiliated and yet I feel like there's not a darned thing I can do about it.
How do we teach our daughters that this is NOT OKAY!?


AutoSysGene said...

And half of those bodies are so photoshopped that you wouldn't even know it was the same person by the time they were done taking the photos.

We are living in interesting times, huh?

Anonymous said...

I know it's WordFUL Wednesday, but you left me Wordless - great post! It is a sad testimony...

Claremont First Ward said...

I love mommywizdom's comment. Seriously.......I had no idea shots like these were on the covers. I had to cover my computer screen just reading this.....and that's a sad, sad day. I'm with you....totally worries me......and oh boy would I be embarrassed if I were them!

Claremont First Ward said...

Looks like Mr. Linky worked for you this week!

Wendy said...

I like your choice of fully clothed men!

Casey's trio said...

I agree with you on this one...tough to raise little girls in this society with all the images they are faced with on tv and magazine covers. Miley Cyrus and what's her face from High School musical have all these sexy pics leaked to the media and they are supposed to be role models for young girls.

Weeksie50 said...

It is so sad that barely clothed and starving girls are the norm now days..It is really sad.

Putting the FUN in DysFUNctional said...

Very good points. It's ridiculous that some women have no modesty.

Ronda's Rants said...

I just spent time in the home of a Muslim women hoping to share our faith with each other...quite a difference between her culture and ours concerning this topic. You have to ask really...why do we degrade ourselves like this? I mean really, we don't want our daughters to think this is how to be successful to we? I am NOT suggesting we dress like the Muslim women (Not that there is anything wrong with it if you do) But, we could all do without this...kind of exposure!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Hi there. Came from Angie's WW.

Ya know, in spite of the fact I am not one to speak up much on this topic & it doesn't bother me as much, I want to say you made really good points and I do agree with you! I loved how you hit it home with the difference in the pics. Those men look hot!!!!!!!!!!!!! and with their clothes on. It should be the same for the other side. Great post!

Danyele Easterhaus said...

seriously!!!! drives me crazy!

Amy said...

I agree with you 100% percent! 'Nuf said :D

Unknown said...

What a great post. And truthfully I don't know that we can do anything about it. As you notice as times change so do magazine covers. I remember 20 years ago when covers like these were reserved for playboy and penthouse. Times have changed. The only thing we can hope is that our influence on our children can counteract the images in the media.

Aunt Julie said...

There's definitely a double-standard in American society on several levels. Why it's OK to portray women like that is beyond me. Clothes can make the person "sexy," too, but that brings up another point. Why do we need to strive to be "sexy"?

tiarastantrums said...

fantastic post!
I HATE that magazine - terribel trash!

But I have to say that Tim - well, he is all but all kinds of sexy!

wy-not said...

Great post, hon! Lock up your daughters, okay? Sometimes I think that being born less than perfect was a gift from God. It is a sad testimony, for sure.

Momma said...

I know this is not the popular opinion but if my fat ass looked that good not only would I pose for pictures but I would walk around like that, all day.

Straight to Your Hart said...

You are right on the money with feeling that way!! My Dad and Mom would be so humiliated with it all. So sad...What is even more degrading is that men and even women feed the obsession and those posing with continually purchasing these magazines!! Thanks for the post!!

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

This is an awesome post! I am sooooo sick of the media, but again, it is what audiences ask for. Someone is wanting it if it is selling. Soooo sad!

KatieZ said...

Love this post! Showed it to my 12 year old to prove to her what sexy is all about. She thought it was great too! Thaaaannnk You!!!

Rhonda said...

Hey Babe' I feel your hotter than all those women and you don't have to take your clothes off to do it!
Love your Hubby!

Rhonda said...

Well, honey, it's probably better if I don't take off my clothes. Teehee.

But thank you!

Stu Pidasso said...

Look at the date and time on my post. Now go read your assignment for Mama Kat again. I am not judging, but that's a bit of saucy writing!! It seems to me that you used to enjoy looking like the girls on those covers. And those girls are just earning a paycheck with the tools they have. I am not disagreeing with you totally, as I have a sweet sixteener this month, but we are all beautiful in our own packages. I think I'll have a photo taken in that same first Maxim cover pose. Watch for it on my site and be ready to laugh your asses off. Smiles, and I enjoyed the poem!! GB

Rhonda said...

Yes, I did used to enjoy looking like that. But I never would degrade myself and other females by posing like this or letting myself in any way, feel only like a piece of meat.

'Nuff said.

Alicia said...

We need to get more average sized women that are fully clothed on magazines! It damages ALL females when we are constantly forced to look at pictures of too skinny women that are practically naked!

Honey Mommy said...

Holy Cow!

some of those pictures of women made me want to look away because they are almost pornographic!

You are right on... and it's sad what that says about our society.

Jen said...

AMEN!! I'm so glad to know that I'm not alone in this. Look, I can appreciate the beauty of the human form as much as the next person. I just think there is a time and place for that much skin and the covers of magazine is not the place! It definitely sends the wrong message to both our girls and our boys. Women are not just objects. I have no idea how we can teach our kids that this is not ok, but it is an important lesson. Great post!

Anita J. said...

I tell my daughters what will happen if they even THINK about posing without at least as much coverage as they had in their footed pajamas. That's how I teach mine it's not okay. And 18 doesn't mean they're clear to do it, because no matter how old they get, it's my job to bring the truth home before society gets the chance.

Rhonda said...

Amen Anita!!!