Monday, December 18, 2006

Cultural Artifact

Below is a post I never put up because page 2 didn't scan correctly. While I agree with Author that there are plenty of problems with women's magazines and what they tell women, this assignment looks like it was supposed to be a comparison of how views of women have changed over time. This paper does little more than to say what's wrong w/ current magazines.

I'm about to leave to go use a scanner (which means tomorrow I'll have new, more recent content).

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Blogger whit said...

oh boy, as a woman i'm kind of offended by her opinion of women...

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

big fan of her claim that not only do 70% of girls have eating disorders, but they all starve themselves. so 70% of girls are anorexic??

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Jeremy said...

Isn't it just too easy sometimes? I mean, c'mon, this one is like shooting fish in a barrel.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous ko (yes i used to read a lot of cosmo) said...

Where do I start? Ok first off, author, the purpose of Cosmo is to be the magazine world's bottom rung in classiness. It is 80% sex tips/dirty reader confessions (including a monthly up-and-coming erotic story!), 19% fashion articles, and 1% an article about a "fun, fearless, female" who achieved some kind of success yet ends up dressed ho-ey for the article's photo anyway.

That's just what it is, and that's ok because it's just a silly guilty pleasure read. Obviously if someone chooses to read a magazine that's all about sexy stuff, then the advertisements are all going to feature sexy women. The whole noble "I'm just reading this for the articles [and the ads are hurting my soul]" complaint doesn't hold.

(Btw, there is a male writer. In his column he "decodes" what's on "your guy's" mind, i.e., "If he grunts, that means I love you!")

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heheh, "plethora." It reminds me of ¡Three Amigos!, when El Guapo criticizes his uneducated right-hand gunman: "I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has no idea what it means to have a plethora!"

In the end the author is more or less criticicizing Cosmo for misleading the people of the future. As I can assume I am a resident of the future of this particular continuum, I take offense at her estimation of our intelligence.

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Allie said...

My particular favorite bit:
"It would show how woman are..."

4:13 PM  

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