Friday, November 5, 2010

Links a la Mode

links a la mode

The Power of Words

Edited by: The Sunday Best
One story dominated my thoughts this week, and I was glad to see an IFB member tackle it in a post. I'm talking about the Marie Claire article. I'm not going to link to it, or even say what it was about, since I assume you dialed in people are familiar with it. [Pulls out soapbox.] The problem with the article, and its apparently apologetic writer, isn't the ignorance it exhibited, or the hate it might engender, or even, I would argue, the sentiment expressed, although it was certainly the worst example of each. The problem was she used the most demeaning language she could think of to describe a group about which she apparently cares. She used this language and neither her nor her editors nor anyone at Marie Claire saw fit to deny it. And Marie Claire's ridiculous mea culpa, where they celebrated the "discussion" they had fostered, was like saying the Titanic sinking was good for discussions about marine safety. Worst of all was the author's own apology: "I never wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed after reading this". So you used the most demeaning language you could think of--edgy!--and called people gross--keeping it real!--and were shocked, SHOCKED, to find them taking offense. I would call her a liar but out of deference to liars, she might just be an idiot. Think before you write - words are powerful.

Links à la Mode : November 4th


  1. If I'd had a subscription to Marie Claire, I would have canceled it on the spot. I know many people who did. I still can't believe that woman. And I can't believe she still has a job!

  2. Ugh, that article was disgusting to read.

    Btw, I love your Links feature!

  3. Somehow I was living under a rock and hadn't read that article. I just read it and am disgusted. I won't read another Marie Claire again.
    Your link list is great, Joann! For one it is keeping me in the know about which mags I should and shouldn't read.

  4. Congratulations on getting in the Links a la Mode!! And yeah... there were so many things with that Marie Claire piece its hard to know where to start... :)


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