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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

the ugliest-ass ads on the Internet…

…will hopefully no longer be turning up here. Because I just turned off another huge slew of hideous ads featuring fat bellies overhanging belts, cartoons of fat people turning slim because they ate some freakin’ junk with acai berries in it, terrifying before-and-after images of insecure guys who looked better before they pumped up, etc. (They do keep finding a way to sneak past the filters and such that my ad service offers, though, so who know how long it’ll be before they’re back.)

I’m so goddamn tired of all the shaming going on in these ads — so goddamn tired of someone trying to sell me (and you!) crap that doesn’t even work based on notions that we should all be embarassed by our bodies if they don’t conform to some very narrow preconceptions of what people are “supposed” to look like. I haven’t turned off all the dieting ads, because I don’t think there’s anything wrong with trying to change your body if that’s what you want to do and you go about it in a healthy way. (I’ve been there, done that, and know how hard it is.) And at least the Weight Watchers ads with the beautiful food are a lot nicer to look at than the other ads that cast people in the most unflattering light imaginable in an attempt to shame us.

This site doesn’t make much money from advertising, and turning off ads can only hurt, but there are some things I just can’t compromise on.

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