A few years ago, one of my New Year's resolutions was to get rid of magazines/stop watching TV shows that made me feel like garbage about my body. Once I took stock of my TV itinerary, I was SHOCKED by how many shows I consistently tuned into that were horrifyingly misogynistic. ME! The uber-feminist! Trash like the Howard Stern Show, where he would throw slices of bologna at women's bare butts to see if it would stick. Or Playboy's The Girls Next Door. Or HBO's G-String Divas.
What was I thinking? I believe I somehow was deluding myself into believing that by watching those shows, I was being hip and cool and unprissy (and I truly did think I was drawn to G-String Divas by my interest in social anthropology. Denial? Meet Leslie.) But what I was actually doing was sabotaging myself and the media was my tripwire.
I stopped watching that drek cold turkey and my mood...and self-image...instantaneously improved.
Last week, on the NeverSayDiet Community Challenge, my "homework" for members was to do a home media inventory, taking stock of the images that come into your home via TV, radio, the web, and the mail. I recently asked readers at the Challenge to fill me in on what they ditched.
Now, I want to ask you - even if you'e not a Challenge member, take a minute to think about it and let us all know: What would you most want to get rid of? A certain lingerie catalog that continues to pop up in your mailbox, only serving to make you feel like garbage (and suckering you into buying 5 pairs of undies that you didn't really need?!) Or maybe a talk radio TV show with a certain curly-haired, sunglass-wearing host who is horribly demeaning to women? A magazine that only hires gaunt, bony models? What needs to go?
And on the flipside, what NEEDS to stay? Positive examples of TV shows, magazines, etc that send positive messages about loving your body?
Looking forward to your answers!