Spin Sisters by Myrna Blyth is a must read.
As an editor of many popular magazines including The Ladies' Home Journal and Family Circle, Ms. Blyth gives women the scoop on how magazines sell us many , many lies....Lies about how we, as women, are victims, we are frumpy, fat and frazzled, we cannot deal with our jobs, our children, our marriages, etc. She delves into why magazine covers constantly sell "STRESS! STESS! STRESS!!! Are You Stressed? 10 Ways to Relive Stress. How to Live With Stress! How Stress Makes You Fat! How Stress Hurts Your Love Life!" Ms. Blyth debunks all of these headline exaggerations and digs deeper to reveal that, basically, we've been had.
She raises a LOT of good questions....things that have given me pause for thought in my own life. Never before in all of American history have women held the positions of power that they now hold...never before have we been as healthy and well educated. We have myriads of machines that do our work, keeping our hands callous free. Infant mortality has never been better and we typically don't die in childbirth! Women can work, stay at home, study, travel, sing, act, paint, ...do anything that our heart desires and yet, we are still whining about how stressed we are! We can choose to have children or NOT have children, how MANY children to have and how to raise each child.
It's definitely a wake-up call. Maybe we're letting the media influence how we think about ourselves too much. Pick up any magazine and you'll find out how to be a bombshell in bed, keep your man, ditch your man, make your eyelashes longer, be thinner, have smoother skin, longer hair, smaller pores, larger bust....read further and you'll feel like you can't win if you stay at home (frazzled moms?) or go to work (can't handle it all? ) Come on.....you know you see these headlines OVER and OVER again and the influence that it has on us is undeniable. We are an easily persuaded lot.
Anyhow, pick it up from the library or get it it on your Kindle or Nook. Never again will I look at magazines in the same light.
Thank you, Myrna!