Cosmo Magazine May 1, 2007Posted by Melissa in bitch, bodies, careerwomen, competing feminism, controversy, cosmo, general considerations, Girl Power, Helen Gurley Brown.
I had a conversation with a friend recently when I let slip my secret obsession with Cosmo Magazine. Over the next 30 minutes she berated me for buying the “trashy” magazine and wasting my money on nothing but useless information (mostly advice about the body, sex, and relationships for the career woman). On looking back at the conversation I can’t help but feel bothered by such harsh criticism of a magazine I feel deserves much more credit than it currently receives…. Started over 100 years ago as a family magazine, the publishers revamped the image in the 1960’s, under new editor in chief Helen Gurley Brown, and began to exclusively focus on women. I see the mere existence of the magazine as a flagship of the impact the woman’s movement has had of women in popular culture. At the time of its restructuring, there was nothing more upfront about womanhood and pride in our sex than Cosmo.
So what if the magazine focuses on sex? Men’s magazines have been around for much longer, and yet the same criticisms made about Cosmo are not made about Maxim. I would expect men to complain about the explicit nature of the magazine, but to hear the patronizing comments come from women is really confusing. I was wondering how other people felt about the magazine. I know it has its problems (it may be too “fluffy” at times) but I think overall it is a good read. Thoughts?