Saturday, May 1, 2010

Good Housekeeping Sucks Up

The May 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping features our First Lady Michelle Obama on it's over. Also the 125th Anniversary issue of the magazine, it lists 125 Women who have captured the attention and respect of GH readers.

Among the top 10- Michelle Obama herself. Ringing in at an impressive #6, just after Eleanor Roosevelt, and out-scoring Amelia Earhart, Princess Diana, Marie Curie and Margaret Thatcher, here's the caption:

First African-American First Lady. Lawyer, campaigner against childhood obesity, Mom in chief. And those biceps! We'd like to have an arms talk with her (and we do, on page 162).

She's ranked among Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, and the ladies already mentioned.

So, let me get this straight. She made the top 10 in ladies who head our admiration-and-inspiration because she's the first black first lady and has killer biceps?

I know too many mother-lawyers-against childhood obesity-work-out-women who may or may not be black. And GH readers are going to put Momma Obama at #6???

Still head-scratching...

We can't help what race we are born into, or that Amelia Earhart didn't land the plane. But honestly, Diana WAS more of a humanitarian and champion than Michelle is, and on critical issues like AIDS and land mines. Marie Curie won a freakin' NOBEL prize. (No, President Obama's fake one doesn't count for M.O.)And Margaret Thatcher actually held elected office herself!

I can't help but wonder if I should feel sad for the readers of this magazine who answered this poll and ranked Michelle Obama in the top ten, or the magazine for sucking up to its cover story so much that they put her in front of the woman who coined the term "radioactivity" and the Iron Lady.

Mags, you got robbed. I will absolutely be canceling my subscription to this sham of a literary periodical immediately.

Let's wait until Michelle runs for something to start listing her anywhere above 50.

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