November 06, 2017

Cosmo touts “body positive” columnist (so why are their cover models still skinny?)

David MenziesMission Specialist

Cosmopolitan recently ran a column by 22 year old “body positive” Instagrammer, Lexi Manion, about the pressures plus-sized women encounter when it comes to their clothing.

Manion notes that: “As a plus size woman, if I'm wearing comfy clothes, I’m seen as 'not trying hard enough'…. In many people's eyes, fat equals lazy/unhealthy/gross.“

She adds, now that she’s embraced her fat body, she’ll wear whatever she wants and say “eff the rules”, encouraging others to do so as well.

The commentary was accompanied by photos, one risqué and one in which she’s wearing a few layers noting she’s “confident” while clad in either outfit. But many comments from those viewing the photos were downright cruel.

In that regard, my heart goes out to Manion yet things go off the rails when her response is to embrace her fatness even more.

One shouldn’t be pilloried for being obese, but neither should one look upon it as a badge of honour because when you’re obese, you’re essentially speeding up the process of dying.

In a perverse irony, if Cosmo editors truly bought into the logic of Manion’s column, then why haven’t we seen a Manion-sized model gracing the cover?

Instead, Cosmo’s covergirls come from the same factory that mass-produces Barbie dolls.

For the vast majority of women, trying to maintain the body image of a supermodel might also lead to negative health effects so we need to find a happy medium.

Contrary to the message on the t-shirt worn by Manion stating “Your body is not your enemy”, sometimes it is.

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commented 2017-11-07 12:44:52 -0500
The real question here is why is Cosmopolitan still a thing? Only pampered SJWs would see being fat as being a human rights issue.
commented 2017-11-07 11:03:54 -0500
Fraser, have a wonderful time at your dinner party. Original Waldorf sounds good. My gran used to make this salad when I was a child.
commented 2017-11-06 22:08:32 -0500
THANK YOU TAMMIE
IT’S AN EASY DIET TO FOLLOW YOUR NEVER HUNGRY. MY ENERGY LEVEL IS UP AND BY THE WAY I’M A GREAT COOK MY NEXT DINNER PARTY WILL FEATURE AN ORIGINAL WALDORF SALAD THE SAME WAY THEY MADE IT IN 1884. THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE IS TO BE HAPPY. I WAKE UP EVERY MORNING WITH THIS SAYINGLET THE BELLS RING OUT AND THE BANNERS FLY IT’S TO GOOD TO BE TRUE. BUT I’M HERE.”
commented 2017-11-06 18:25:25 -0500
Fraser McBurney, sounds like you are well on your way to achieving a healthy weight, Congratulations.
commented 2017-11-06 16:41:10 -0500
“Body positive”, is that a new lefty euphemism for ’pie hole stuffing couch potato?
I guess Peter Paul Reubens is passe…
Ahh, Newspeak.
commented 2017-11-06 16:14:27 -0500
IF YOU WANT T LOOSE WEIGHT TRY WHAT I’M DOING
DON’T COUNT CALORIES, COUNT CARBS
I STARTED O SEPT 16 2017 MY PANT SIZE WAS 50 I WAS GETTING UP TO PEE 3 OR 5 TIMES A NIGHT I WEIGHED OVER 285 LBS DO THIS AND LOOSE WEIGHT.
FOR THE FIRST 10 DAYS LIMIT YOUR INTAKE OF CARBS TO JUST 10 DAYS (YOU CAN FINE LOW CARB FOOD ON THE NET) FOR THE 3 WEEKS TRY AND LIMIT YOUR CARBS TO 15 CARBS A DAY THE RAISE IT TO 20 CARBS AND SO ON START AGAIN IF YOU STOP LOOSING WEIGHT. START AGAIN IF THAT HAPPENS. DON’T BE A SCALE WATCHER START YOUR DIARY WITH WHAT YOU WEIGH NOW AND THEN CHECK IT AGAIN IN A MONTHS TIME. BELIEVE ME IT WORKS.
I STARTED SEPT 16 ON NOV. 1 I WEIGHT 258 AND TODAY I HAD TO GO TO THE STORE TO BUY SOME SMALLER BELTS HERE IS THE OTHER BENEFIT I NOW SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT WITH OUT PEEING. I’M 69 YEARS OLD AND IF I CAN DO SO CAN YOU GOOD LUCK. MY GIRL FRIEND IS ALSO ON THE LOW CARB DIET WITH ME AND BELIEVE ME SHE’S LOOKING GREAT.
commented 2017-11-06 15:56:45 -0500
Fat women on the cover doesn’t sell magazines…stories about fat women somewhere in the middle will convince readers the editor isn’t promoting fat shaming.
Scary skinny, or morbidly obese; both will kill you!
commented 2017-11-06 15:25:17 -0500
Confident….and very fat.
commented 2017-11-06 14:40:32 -0500
More hypocrisy from the left. Imagine my shock!
commented 2017-11-06 13:48:23 -0500
There is no day she should be wearing risque clothing.
She wears baggy comfortable clothing on days she “doesn’t want to stand out”????
How kind is it to enable morbidly obese people into feeling ‘comfortable’ in their skin? Even though Cosmo models are usually too skinny, that is still healthier than morbid obesity. I applaud her for not letting cruel comments to sink her into depression, even if she does have to use drugs to do it, but she may want to consider some major intervention in the weight department or she will have a short and largely immobile life.
Your waist should be smaller than 35 inches for a reason (40 for men) and it doesn’t have anything to do with the fashion industry. You are probably better off smoking than becoming that obese.
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-definition/abdominal-obesity/#Table
Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind, or at least what some people would consider cruel. How about if it comes from your doctor, is that cruel?