It’s kind of sad I have to ask, but I just do.
Here’s the thing: I read the news. Lots of news. And I saw a link on my local news for “Glamour Women of the Year Awards.” And it’s just a slideshow. Thirty-four photos. And some of the “thumbnails” are of the women’s waists. Others are just faces. And there is nothing on the page anywhere about what these awards are for. It’s just a bunch of pretty faces. Nothing to identify what these awards are for.
Okay, that’s odd…normally people care about what awards are for, right? If we were looking at “Men of the Year Awards,” wouldn’t we care about what they were for? Wouldn’t there be a mention somewhere? Somehow?
But going to Glamour’s website doesn’t help. Instead, there are great headlines that tell me that I should own dresses, know sex tips, and will be judged by my body. Thanks, Glamour, that’s exactly what I was looking for!
I went ahead and Googled it, thinking maybe eventually I would find the information. I could find only a single page that wasn’t a bunch of photos. Celebrity-Gossip.net actually listed the awards and the winners.
Hmmm. Helpful, but not too helpful. Then I found it – the best page that told me the true purpose of the “awards.” The Huffington Post stood up and shouted it – “This Week in Beauty: Best & Worst From the ‘Glamour’ Women of the Year Awards 2012.” And how awesome, you can judge the women and rank them! Cause, you know, the awards were only about how they looked. What else could they be? And if you check out the comments, it’s clear that is the only point of the awards. People –both male and female – insult the women in the photos, making fun of their eyebrows, eyeshadow, and roots.
Yes, this is another rant. But it’s a worthwhile rant. Why don’t we notice these things? Why don’t we call them out? Why don’t we argue and shout and tell these people that we mind what they do? There are only two options: we don’t mind, or we do and we keep quiet about it. So let’s not keep quiet. Let’s talk about it and argue and shout. Because if we don’t, who will?