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The Talker: Zoe Saldana magazine cover sparks debate

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Controversial magazine covers have been happening a lot lately as publishers are struggling and controversy often sells. But, the June issue of Allure magazine is a different case.

The actress Zoe Saldana, who is in the new "Star Trek" movie is on the cover. It's a perfectly appropriate photo, but what many say is inappropriate is the headline along the side that says: "Zoe Saldana: 115-pounds of Grit and Heartache."

Some say making a woman's weight a headline is totally wrong and asking why Allure put her weight on the cover at all.

In a preview of the actual article about Saldana, she says several things seemingly way more interesting than her weight. She indicates sexism is tougher for her to deal with than racism, and she describes herself as "androgynous." She declined to talk about her sexual orientation, but did say she's open to the idea of raising a child with a partner who is a woman.

In light of all that, a headline about Saldana's weight might be burying the lead. Critics also feel the headline plays into concerns about women being objectified and categorized first by their physical attributes.

There's also the issue of how women who are not Hollywood stars view their bodies and the pressure many feel to look a certain way and weigh only so-much, or as the Huffington Post indicated: you never utter the "P word." That is, the number of pounds someone weighs.

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