SELF Criticism

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You can’t make this stuff up: an online article from SELF magazine claims that women are unhappier today than they’ve been for the past 35 years, and considerably less happy than men. The article offers some explanations for the “happiness gap,” including this one:

We talked to life coach Kiki Weingarten, co-founder of DLC Executive Coaching and Consulting in New York City, to get to the bottom of what’s making women sad, and what we can do to protect our own happiness.

“As women expect more from themselves and spread themselves thinner, they become overwhelmed and exhausted by it all,” she says. “You’re supposed to look stunning, work out and be physically in shape, have a wonderful relationship and family, be psychologically in the best shape at all times no matter what’s going on, then head off to work and succeed there and come home and be a perfect mate, cook and parent and on and on… it’s impossible.” Damn straight it is!

I agree. The “you can have it all” pitch has done women a disservice – especially that “look stunning” part, since stunning looks have more to do with genes than anything else.

Like many online articles, this one includes links to related topics. So after telling women they’re unhappy because they expect too much of themselves, what did the editors decide would serve as useful related topic? Why, a video of a supermodel on a cover shoot, of course. No, I’m not kidding. Follow the link, and this is what you get (after the ad):

So there you have it, ladies … you’re unhappy because you put too much pressure on yourselves to have it all. And speaking of having it all, how about this supermodel! Don’t you wish you were just like her?!

Sheesh …

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58 thoughts on “SELF Criticism

  1. Melissa Martell

    It’s kind of the irony of society and culture.
    We can state over and over how the culture whittles people down and makes them depressed, but in the same breath we do things to keep the culture going.

    I think it must all be some crazy game and we will laugh about it all when we’re done????

    I vote we start laughing now.

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  2. Melissa Martell

    It’s kind of the irony of society and culture.
    We can state over and over how the culture whittles people down and makes them depressed, but in the same breath we do things to keep the culture going.

    I think it must all be some crazy game and we will laugh about it all when we’re done????

    I vote we start laughing now.

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  3. Marielize

    I’ve been thinking about the way poor women are shown on tv shows and its really pathetic. After watching an episode of “No Ordinary Family” The mom hardly 20 with a PHD the body of a model, teenage children, etc etc. The men, as usual, can get away with being old, bold, fat, as long as they are nice.

    For once I’d like to see a show where the girl is old, bold and fat and we have sexy, young, ripped , funny, clever, highly qualified men drooling …

    Who’s writing and casting these shows?

    Most of the casting directors I met in L.A. were women, but most of the producers were men. I’m not sure it makes a difference. It’s all about ratings.

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  4. Marielize

    I’ve been thinking about the way poor women are shown on tv shows and its really pathetic. After watching an episode of “No Ordinary Family” The mom hardly 20 with a PHD the body of a model, teenage children, etc etc. The men, as usual, can get away with being old, bold, fat, as long as they are nice.

    For once I’d like to see a show where the girl is old, bold and fat and we have sexy, young, ripped , funny, clever, highly qualified men drooling …

    Who’s writing and casting these shows?

    Most of the casting directors I met in L.A. were women, but most of the producers were men. I’m not sure it makes a difference. It’s all about ratings.

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