We are constantly bombarded by the media, and it’s not until you begin to be critical of it that you can fully appreciate how much it can mess with people’s minds. People are mostly passive when consuming media, and when you don’t think properly about it, it’s much more likely to affect you.
Pick up a marker pen, and critique your magazine. Think about things like the choice of models, what they have to say about beauty, what techniques do the adverts use, etc. Consider how parts of the magazine make you feel, why that is the case, and what their motives are for doing it.
Be thoughtful, be eloquent, be angry, be whatever you want. Writing all over the magazine can be extremely useful in organizing your thoughts, and can also be very therapeutic When doing this, you will begin to realize why you have some of the attitudes towards beauty (and other issues) that you do - because the media pushes those ideas onto us.
If you want to, you can take pictures of your defaced magazines and upload them to tumblr. Tag them ‘defaceyourmagazines’ if you want to share them, and take a look at the tag if you want to see other people’s.