Trashy lad mags have long been criticized for innumerable injustices against women and men–they reinforce horrible stereotypes about each gender all the time–and a recent poll showed nearly half the British public wanted them gone, on account of them having a “detrimental impact on society.” You read all about the movement to ban lad mags like Zoo and Nuts by women’s advocacy groups in the UK, but for the time being we’re going to set aside any discussion of censorships (though we sure do wish they’d change substantially).
One of the more harmful and easy to identify problems with lad mags is the specific kind of sexuality they trade in. Maxim and their ilk all present an impossible standard of female beauty, showcasing an interchangeable cast of buxom women staring up at the reader in lingerie, with their trim waists and long flowinng fantasy hair, perpetually parted lips and impossibly shiny skin:
Oh, wait. That skin is actually impossible. No human has ever had anything like it.
This is model Lee-Ann Liebenberg, by the way, the debut cover of Maxim South Africa, looking like she tried but just couldn’t cross the uncanny valley. Better luck next time!
(via Photoshop Disasters)