In excellent recent news, Women’s Health just announced that it will no longer feature the phrases “Bikini Body” and “Drop Two Sizes” on its covers. Bravo. Now, if only other publications would follow suit…and while they’re at it, banish some other annoying, unnecessary and downright body-shaming sayings from their vocabularies.
"Body Back After Baby"
Really? Having a baby is one of the most spectacular things a woman (or any human for that matter) can do. Let’s all stop thinking we’re “losing” our bodies.
"He Won’t Be Able to Keep His Hands Off You"
Because the ultimate body goal is pleasing a guy. Sure.
"LOOK BETTER NAKED" [emphasis on the caps]
Would we like to be more comfortable baring it all? Uh-huh. Do we want a magazine cover to shout it at us while we’re behind our neighbor in the grocery store line? Hard pass.
"Say Goodbye to Cellulite"
Even supermodels have cellulite and stretch marks. Short of going under the knife, it’s pretty much impossible to get rid of either. So let’s all just be cool, K?
"Melt Belly Fat"
Not trying to get into arson, TBH.
"Strong Is the New Skinny"
A) The two aren’t mutually exclusive, and B) Some women are naturally thin. Body shaming goes both ways, folks.
"Real Women Have Curves"
But some real women don’t. See above.
"Ditch Sugar for Good"
Um, no thanks. Ever heard of cookies in moderation?
"Get a Butt Like a Kardashian"
Not even the Kardashians have butts like a Kardashian.
"Flat Abs Now!"
Anyone who’s ever embarked on a quest to see even the faintest hint of abdominal muscle knows that “now” is the understatement of the century.
"What’s Your Excuse?"
It doesn’t matter. No one’s perfect, and if we can’t get to the gym three to five days a week, that’s OK. Our suggestion: Next time take a hike.