(Which is perfectly fine in a different context, obviously.) Another problem here, of course, is that this list targets women only, as if there are no readers who are in relationships with men that they'd like to see slim down a little.
Would the advice be the same if it were directed toward men? I have experience with this, I've recently gained a lot of weight, and so has my boyfriend.
This critique of a traditional train of thought emerging in a male webzine is appearing in such a public forum because it is now a popular train of thought; a train of thought partially popularized by the internet, which is the machine behind new visual culture.
In this culture, practices once dominated and standardized by a largely controlled media network and a small in-group of icons has branched out along with the accessibility of free-media and do-it-yourself entertainment (youtube as tv, podcasts as radio, blogs as columnists and political/social watchdogs) and we have been exposed to the true breadth of society.
did you ever think that the reason you don't like the article is because you are fat now?
(I am sure that you savvy Bitch readers are way ahead of me on that one, though.) Of course, not every suggestion on the list is as abhorrent as the chair advice.
Some, like changing your own eating habits, or encouraging your partner to go to the gym with you, seem perfectly reasonable.
As a woman, I don't spend too much time hanging out over at According to askmen.com, one way to subtly tell your female partner she's packed on a few too many lbs (you know, besides having a conversation with her about it) is to "sabotage her chair" by removing some of the slats or screws.
Maybe I should start, though, because people who frequent the site are getting valuable life lessons hand over fist in the form of the askmen Top 10. That way, when she sits down on the chair and it breaks, you can shame her into thinking it was because she's too fat! (I am kidding.) Some of the other tips in the Top 10?
However, askmen just couldn't resist adding snarky little comments at the end about how she might "see through your ploy" or how you need to take action by "separating her from fatty foods." And that snarky advice is kicked up a few notches when the suggestions get more outrageous.