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    Personally I read them when I'm in a doctor's waiting room or something as it's more interesting to read them than stare at the wall
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    (Original post by Huskaris)
    Saw it in Peep show, something about a guy getting de *******ed was a talking point.
    was that when he was trying to make friends with Jeff so that he can go near Sophie?
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    I had to Google 'thigh gaps'... -_-' do people seriously kick a fuss over this ****?
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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    I had to Google 'thigh gaps'... -_-' do people seriously kick a fuss over this ****?
    Yeah. It's really stupid. I never even realised until recently. Who gives a ****? I've only ever noticed it a couple of times and thought " my legs look funny' and that's it :lol:
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    (Original post by Tyrion_Lannister)
    I see so many posts on here about women feeling pressuered to look like celebrities, be a certain size, have thigh gaps, have big boobs, have a big ass, etc. Ive never felt this pressure. I started looking at the difference, wondering why I hadn't, and the big conclusion I've come to is I don't read, and have never really read, women's magazines. I've never been interested in celebrities and have pretty much ignored the female media industry as well as reality TV. And as a result, I've never felt pressured to look a certain way. I've always liked my body, and been happy with how I looked. I didn't even realise thigh gaps, which I have, were a thing until recently. In fact I thought I had "funny legs' because of it.

    But my point is, why do women buy into something so damaging? I find it weird when people say "I feel pressured to look a certain way', I mean, why not just not read it? Unless you're morbidly obese or anorexically skinny, you will be attractive to someone. Stop worrying.

    I just don't get why people are so bothered by something which ends up leading them to hate themselves!
    You seem to have the body shape most women (...and men) want; paired with the fact you like and accept your body means you wont doubt yourself as much as other women.

    Reading magazines and obsessing over other people's image plays a large factor but I dont entirely think a magazine makes someone hate themselves, there still needs to be a catalyst or initial flaw.

    To counter my own point though I dont read magazines and when I was younger and a lot heavier I compared myself to others a lot and hated my body, so being exposed to magazines and media more often might actually encourage self loathing.

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    (Original post by FanTesticles)
    was that when he was trying to make friends with Jeff so that he can go near Sophie?
    Yeah :-D
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    Although most women's magazines do contain images of photo shopped/air brushed celebrities and do advertise stuff like (for example) "ways to get the body of 'insert name female model' " or "best slimming pills" etc., they do also contain Fashion News like the new clothing in shops at the time as well as beauty and make up advice. If I am going on a long journey and don't have a book to read then I might buy a typical 'women's magazine' but I don't really pay any attention to comparing myself to these models they advertise as I know they have all been airbrushed and have millions of pounds to invest in their looks. Most women's magazines are targeted for people in their late teens and adult women, and these people should be old enough to know that even the models and women shown in the magazine do not actually look like that in person :^_^:
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    I just find them unbearably boring, but then I've never been a 'girly' girl.

    As above, if you already have a natural thigh gap, and are happy with how you look, your body probably looks fine anyway. It's fantastic you're happy, genuinely, but a surprising number of people aren't.

    Most women have been consistently proven in scientific tests to get their own size wrong by up to 20%, even when they can judge other people's accurately. I used to think I was really fat, and believe it genuinely, but looking back now at photos I was actually quite skinny at that time. It's usually an inherent insecurity that gets inflamed when the person goes looking for help in magazines. In short, they don't believe they are damaging - they believe they are real, despite any evidence to the contrary.
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    I sometimes read them but not often Ive never really took the content seriously though, Ive never really been into celebrity culture either so when I read them Im more interested in the real life stories, problem pages and beauty advice than the celeb goss/news. I remember reading one a few years back and one article had a picture a member of Atomic Kitten with the top of her knickers showing over the waist band of her skirt saying it looked trashy, yet futher along in the same magazine they had the same pic in a different article saying it looked cool :facepalm:

    I dont understand the big fuss about thigh gaps either, its more down to the woman's hipbones rather than her weight anyway. Ive never had one even when I was a size 8, yet I know a woman who is about a size 18 who has one.

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    I pick them up sometimes just to pass the time, check the fashion faux pas and read the real life stories..(there nothing compared to some of the trash on tsr )

    Was this just a ruse to let tsr know you have a thigh gap I always thought it was known as "the triangle of light"
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    (Original post by Tyrion_Lannister)
    I see so many posts on here about women feeling pressuered to look like celebrities, be a certain size, have thigh gaps, have big boobs, have a big ass, etc. Ive never felt this pressure. I started looking at the difference, wondering why I hadn't, and the big conclusion I've come to is I don't read, and have never really read, women's magazines. I've never been interested in celebrities and have pretty much ignored the female media industry as well as reality TV. And as a result, I've never felt pressured to look a certain way. I've always liked my body, and been happy with how I looked. I didn't even realise thigh gaps, which I have, were a thing until recently. In fact I thought I had "funny legs' because of it.

    But my point is, why do women buy into something so damaging? I find it weird when people say "I feel pressured to look a certain way', I mean, why not just not read it? Unless you're morbidly obese or anorexically skinny, you will be attractive to someone. Stop worrying.

    I just don't get why people are so bothered by something which ends up leading them to hate themselves!

    It's like an addiction really, in a very mild sense. They say that gamblers wouldn't be addicted to gambling if they won all the time - in the same way, the inevitable failure of 'effortless' detox diets and all the other crap you find in those magazines leaves you going back to find another solution. In the meantime you learn even more about things which are wrong with your life and your body, which you never even knew about and suddenly need to fix!! So you can see how it's a downwards spiral. This is quite a dramatic way of putting it but I think that's what it boils down to. It can be a very harmful industry.
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    latest fashion trends!
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    all that random kinda ****
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      (Original post by Tyrion_Lannister)
      I see so many posts on here about women feeling pressuered to look like celebrities, be a certain size, have thigh gaps, have big boobs, have a big ass, etc. Ive never felt this pressure. I started looking at the difference, wondering why I hadn't, and the big conclusion I've come to is I don't read, and have never really read, women's magazines. I've never been interested in celebrities and have pretty much ignored the female media industry as well as reality TV. And as a result, I've never felt pressured to look a certain way. I've always liked my body, and been happy with how I looked. I didn't even realise thigh gaps, which I have, were a thing until recently. In fact I thought I had "funny legs' because of it.

      But my point is, why do women buy into something so damaging? I find it weird when people say "I feel pressured to look a certain way', I mean, why not just not read it? Unless you're morbidly obese or anorexically skinny, you will be attractive to someone. Stop worrying.

      I just don't get why people are so bothered by something which ends up leading them to hate themselves!
      Bull****. People can have ugly faces.
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      Because not all women think like you do perhaps?
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      (Original post by shuheb789)
      Because not all women think like you do perhaps?
      I know but I can't see the logic in reading something that makes you feel bad
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      They can read them, but I don't understand why they start complaining and blame them for 'feeling bad about themselves'. Most women i know read them as they say it's 'escapism' or entertainment.
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      (Original post by im so academic)
      Bull****. People can have ugly faces.
      Do you consider yourself ugly?
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      (Original post by Final Fantasy)
      I had to Google 'thigh gaps'... -_-' do people seriously kick a fuss over this ****?
      I have never actually noticed a thigh gap on a girl. I highly doubt many guys care anyhow.

      I very rarely buy or pay attention to women's mags tbh. I used to buy hair mags so I could find a new haircut or something but that's it. Just not really interested in them. :dontknow:
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      (Original post by Tyrion_Lannister)
      No, but I've been that kid at school who was weird and different that no one would talk to and people would actively be horrible to. Yet I still recognise there's nothing wrong with ME, and that people have a ****ed up view and that's the problem.

      We're both guessing though.
      Maybe you just have unwaveringly high self esteem. I expect most kids who were ostracised in such a way would start to think there was something wrong with them.
     
     
     
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