Linkbaiting Gone Too Far? Site Publishes Story About Woman Self-Conscious About Breasts With ‘Photos’ In Headline
3:15 pm, July 10th | by Laura Donovan
If you’re not in media, I’ll let you in on a poorly kept secret: We’re all guilty of being pageviews-driven at times, but most of us maintain at least a little decency. Barring that, one should probably try to respect his or her columnists. Stylelist didn’t do any of that when they posted a confessional story titled, “I Think My Breasts Are Too Big (Photos),” sending the message that they’re happy to exploit the writer’s self-consciousness and perpetuate encourage at lady parts.
At the end of Christina Anderson’s story about the struggles of having a big chest, there are two italicized end notes, presumably written by the editor, that read, “Here [is a slideshow of] 32 celebrities who have no problems showing off their breasts. For more on boobs click here.” That last line makes me feel like I’m about to redirect to a porn site, which would probably be preferable to the slideshow of celebrity sideboob shots at the bottom of the page. As if we needed even more coverage on sideboobs from a Huffington Post site.
Look, nobody is perfect. And I (like anyone!) loves to see her articles widely read. But objectifying women’s breasts in an article written by a woman who feels objectified for her breasts?. Oy, what a bunch of boobs.