This Viral Image of a Fake Cover Exposes the Ugly Truth About Women's Magazines

April 20th 2016

It's no secret that beauty magazines are pretty good at making women feel terrible about their appearance. Now, a satirical magazine cover posted on Reddit is telling the ugly truth in black and white. 

The image was posted on Reddit by sexy_bum82 and has has been viewed nearly 2 million times on Imgur.Women's Health fake cover drawingimgur.com - imgur.com

If the cover looks familiar, that's because it's a direct "homage" to the September, 2015 cover of "Women's Health UK."

Chrissy Teigen Cover Women's HealthWomen's Health U.K. - co.uk

The fake cover pokes fun at many common women's magazine tropes. 

It features cover stories like: 

  • "31 Things you can buy to make men like you more! (Then you will be happy.)
  • "Didn't think you were fat? You are!"
  • "You're Fat!" 

It also points out how a lot of these magazines tend to reinforce sexism by promising happiness in the form of tips for pleasing men, with stories like "Build a sand castle around his c*ck & other weird f*cking sex tips you would never seriously attempt. All for his pleasure."

Magazine covers matter. 

According to a 2013 study by conducted by Rader Programs and reported by Livestrong, "80 percent of women are made insecure by images they see of women on television." Further, "66 percent of women are influenced by underweight models in magazines." 

But the tide might be turning. For example, American Eagle Outfitters recently vowed to stop Photoshopping its models for its #AerieREAL campaign. And, recently, Ashley Graham became the first woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition. 

Someday soon, this satirical issue of "Women's Health" might seem outdated. 

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