I have mentioned a couple times here in Cyrsti’s Condo about how I was tricked into receiving a deeply discounted subscription to Cosmopolitan Magazine. What happened was when I was buying clothes one day, I was offered a “free” subscription. Of course, nothing is free and the subscription turned out to be only five issues which would automatically renew unless I followed a convoluted set of instructions to cancel it.
Amazingly though, I found plenty to interest me in a publication targeted mainly to “female identifying persons.” Even more impressive is I found that definition in the editor’s comments. For some reason my subconscious is tuned into anything remotely related to transgender issues when I read (or even scan) another article or post.
Later on in the issue (May) I found out why the editor singled out “female identifying persons” for her mini editorial. It turns out Dove is running an advertising campaign called “#Show Us – beauty isn’t binary” because 70 percent of women don’t feel represented in media and advertising. Further more, model and trans activist Elle Rose of South Africa was featured in the ad.
#Show Us issued this statement March 28:The lack of true representation in the media of women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and identities is glaringly obvious. … Dove has undertaken a survey of women which found that 70 percent of them still do not feel represented in the media and advertising.
All of this takes me back to the photo album I was asked to pose for a year or so ago here in Cincinnati.
It’s about time we transgender women are included in the main stream media. As the Cosmo editor wrote so well, we are all “female identifying persons.”