Diet Grrrl: An Example

A reader of The F-Word has kindly allowed us to reproduce the complaint she wrote 'in a moment of anger against Marie Claire magazine'. Be inspired! Grab that pen or send an email and give them a piece of your mind.

, 16 August 2002

From: T G

Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2002 11:27 am


Subject: letter

Dear Madam,

Allow me to be one of the few readers – at least according to your letters

page – not to start mine with the words, “Thank you for…”.

I am so disappointed with Marie Claire recently. I first started buying it

about a year ago – a friend recommended it to me as a more intelligent

choice of magazine. And the spine-line: “The Only Glossy With Brains”. At

least you’ve had the honesty to remove that, as Marie Claire has become one

of the most vapid and inconsequential publications on the newsstand.

A few more specific comments:

-You DON’T need a celebrity on the cover every issue. Seeing Andrea Corr or

Nicole Kidman on the cover has actually stopped me from purchasing because I

don’t want to waste money on a puff piece about a woman with nothing real to

conribute to the world except MOR music or her latest affected performance.

-No more “How I survived carjacking/a hostage situation/gang rape”. You’re

doing nothing but portray women as victims, and in every single issue! I

know there are women who will have suffered similar ordeals, but putting

their story as filler in an already bare magazine shows them no respect. Why

not print self-defence tips? Something to encourage things like this don’t

actually happen.

-The fashion spreads. They seem to be the only thing you actually try at any

more, but guess what? There’s only so long you can look at pretty pictures.

Probably 70% of your readership can’t actually afford designer clothes,

perhaps the same couldn’t fit into them.

-The overall lack of articles. Not enough, what is there is too padded out

with glossy photos.

-I used to think Marie Claire wanted to promote female role models. I don’t

think three pages tucked away at the back is doing them justice. Perhaps

there aren’t enough to write about, but what you produce is hardly enough

to inspire anyone.

-And of course, as mentioned above, the TOTALLY UNREALISTIC portrayal of the female body.

RAISE YOUR GAME, MARIE CLAIRE. You’re letting a generation of women down.

Yours faithfully,


Dear T,

Thank you for taking the time to write to Marie Claire with your comments

about our


I am sorry you have been disappoined with our magazine recenlty, however

your response is

much appreciated. We value all feedback from our readers, no matter how

critical, as it

helps us to know how they feel about some of the articles that we publish.

Once again, thank you for sharing your comments with us and I hope that you

will enjoy

reading Marie Claire in the future.

Best Wishes

Marie Claire

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