I posted a rant a while back on my blog (Woman's Day Magazine Irks Me). For the record, I'm not some crazy devil-worshiper who gets offended easily and tries to censor every little thing. I just don't feel that it's appropriate for a non-religious magazine that intends to appeal to all women to have a bible verse as a feature in every issue. An inspirational quote? Sure! An article where a woman talks about her faith? No problem! But an actual bible verse that says to praise God? Errr...it seems a bit out of place amidst the recipes and life tips.
You want to know how to tick off a lot of women really fast? Mention your beef with Woman's Day Magazine on the Woman's Day Message board! Here is a sample of the feedback I received:
"There is so much absolute filth out there. It's even in cartoons and shows, intended for kids." (True, but that really doesn't justify keeping the bible verse.)
"While you may or may not like the quoting of a Bible verse each month on the Table of Contents page, I would not like to see a quote from some other religion or school of thought - one you would deem for everyone - for then it would not be for me!" (Did this poster not just put herself exactly in my shoes and not even realize it?)
"To decide to buy, or not buy, a magazine because of one bible quote on the Contents page is asinine. " (I'm sorry. I must have sent the wrong message when I wrote that as long as they continued to provide the same household tips and recipes, I would continue to subscribe.)
"I'll just cancel my subscription, and encourage others to do so as well." (The solution to if the verse is removed. Oh, but cancelling because it stays is asinine, right?)
"Perhaps Ms. Lambaround would consider attending a church/religious service of her choosing to see what the verses are referring to." (I can't even find words for this one.)
"When I saw the quote that you selected, it turned my stomach. Maybe that's because, as a counselor, I've seen the terrible things that people do to themselves and to the people they love through that type of thinking."
As for that last response, the women on the message board challenged me that there are no inspirational quotes that can apply to people without factoring in religion (never mind all those other inspirational quotes I see in the newspaper and other magazines!) I did a quick Google search for inspirational quotes and cut/paste the 1st few I saw. The first was "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." Goodness, whatever was I thinking, selecting such a disgusting quote, which is sure to lead everyone who reads it down a path of self destruction!
Anyway, the reason I began this post was to say that I have received my April issue and the bible verse is gone! Maybe it had something to do with the new Woman's Day editor, Elizabeth Mayhew, reading my original post (and commenting! How awesome is she?) and maybe (most likely) not.
This ended up being much more of a big deal to people than I'd expected. Am I right to think that the bible verse is out of place in this particular magazine or should the bible verse stay? What's your opinion?
And, for the 2nd half of the above post (irrelevant to this BlogHer post but relevant to my main blog), please visit me at LambAround. Thanks!
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