- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 27, 2009

I recently read an article about the uproar over a photo in this month’s issue of Glamour magazine.

The photo shows a pretty woman sitting demurely on the edge of a bathtub with her arm across her chest and a big smile on her face.

Oh, and she looks like she’s nekkid.

I couldn’t guess the cause of the uproar over a photo of a happy nekkid woman, so I started reading the article. It said that female readers have been flooding Glamour’s editor with e-mails and letters to thank the magazine for finally showing a model who looks like a “real” woman.

A model who appears to be OK with her body.

A model who has a little belly fat.

Belly fat? What belly fat?

Honestly, I missed that the first time I saw the photo. Probably because the model has a big smile on her face — and looks like she’s nekkid.

On closer inspection, I spotted it — a thin fold of excess flesh visible at her waistline.

That’s fat? ” I said out loud. “That just looks like a tired muscle!”

I mean, if the model had been a guy, she would’ve been considered buff.

The fact that I didn’t notice her “belly fat” shows that guys like me don’t care about those things when it comes to the female form. Especially when the female form has a big smile on her face and looks like she’s nekkid.

But women’s magazines persist in using models who bear no resemblance to reality.

A female colleague tells me that women’s magazines are always telling their readers what’s wrong with them.

“They make us feel bad about ourselves and then they offer ‘new’ ways to fix us,” she says. “It makes us crazy.”

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