Did you see this earlier on this week? I decided on Tuesday that it was this week’s Ranty Friday. In fact I nearly published this on Tuesday.
As the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was going into labour, OK magazine was beginning to circulate their first magazine celebrating the event. Oh isn’t that lovely?
No. It was not. It was despicable. That is the front page, above.
Focussing on how soon Catherine will get back into shape after having the baby. They have even talked to her trainer about it. What?!
Rather than celebrating this momentous occasion they are focussing on how quickly she can get back to her pre baby weight and shape.
Not only that but inside the magazine there is a feature on the diet she should be following. Diet tips for a mother who has given birth not 24 hours before.
An exercise plan that talks about what to do on Day One. DAY ONE?!!!!! What the actual f*ck? I could barely stand up right on day one. Concentrating on myself and my stomach was not high on my agenda on Day One. For god sake it still isn’t now and my youngest is fourteen.
This is one of THE most despicable pieces of journalism I have ever read.
Encouraging a woman to go on a diet and exercise rather than concentrating on the new miraculous life that has been created is shameful. Suggesting to their readers that this is the most important thing right now and what they will devote their front page to, and a fair chunk of the inside towards is just awful.
And magazines such as this feeding into the ethos of “if you are not thin you are a failure” makes me rage.
As Catherine stood on the steps of the Lindo Wing with her hands under her tummy as her husband held their new baby she couldnt have looked more beautiful. More radiant. More proud. Yes, she had a bump but she had just given birth!! Did they seriously expect her to stand there side on with a flat stomach in a pair of jeans? Or to be in a pair of jeans by this weekend?
Seems that actually they did because is what their Twitter account tweeted:
See that? A woman who is probably a size 8 and has just given birth has some moron tweeting the above. Later deleted I might add but that doesn’t stop it being out there for all to see.
If Kate decides she wants to do see her trainer this week, well that is down to her. That is fine. If any woman decides she wants to, maybe she is a pilates teacher and wants a flat stomach again, fair enough. I have no problem with that. That is her choice. But for a national magazine to be running this on a front page with whole articles suggesting she should do it, there is no excuse.
What we are telling society is that you need to be thin. You need to be on a diet and exercising. Every day. And you don’t get any time off for having a baby. I pity the world my children are growing up in. I really do. That as my son realises what is important in the world amongst mud huts in Kenya we have national magazines over here perpetuating this kind of crap.
I hope the editor gets sacked. She should be ashamed that she signed off on this.