Rumors of Jennifer Aniston‘s daily juice habits have spurred a new wave of headlines about celebrity juice detoxes, and as usual, there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding the trend. But Daily Mail‘s latest contribution is especially bad: Titled “Juicing can wreck your looks: Flaking skin, hair loss and rotting teeth. The latest A-list diet craze has some ugly side-effects,” it’s just a sneak-attack on women’s looks—in this case, Janice Dickinson’s—thinly veiled as helpful health advice. Sound familiar?
Pitting women against each other based on their looks is a familiar trope, but the increasingly popular twist of judging their dietary choices at the same time is especially appalling. The same tactic was used to slam veganism in favor of a fat- and sugar-laden diet when this Nigella Lawson vs. Gillian McKeith comparison went viral on social media last year. And while many felt that it was an innocent commentary on the strict diets imposed on women, ultimately, it’s just further proof that women are damned if they do, damned if they don’t when it comes to health habits and their looks.
The Daily Mail article boasts advice from doctors saying that juice-only diets can have deleterious effects on your health; we agree! But they do so by comparing a particularly bad photograph of Janice Dickinson sipping a green smoothie next to a glowing photograph of Jennifer Aniston–who the Daily Mail claims drinks a green drink daily, but as part of a diet that also involves solid foods. (Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether they’re claiming that Janice Dickinson looks bad in the photo because she is on a detox…or just because they found a mean image that bolsters their article.)
It’s true that your diet can impact how you look–from weight to skin and hair. But it’s not true that everyone responds to the same diets in the same way; it’s also not true that if you just eat whatever Jennifer Aniston eats, you’ll suddenly have luminous skin and perfectly-highlighted beachy blonde California hair.
“Who wore it best” galleries establish the same kind of female-bashing habits, and plenty of other tabloid headlines do the job of making women feel bad about their looks. But judging a woman’s diet or health habits to be “right” because she looks young and attractive, while claiming another’s are “wrong” because she looks old and unattractive crosses a line. This, my friends, is a major Daily Fail.
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