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The magazine that will rot your brain!
Member Name: laurasastar
Advantages: Good beauty & fashion pages, minimal brain usage needed to read.
Disadvantages: Not many interesting articles, poor sex & relationship articles, generally a vacuous read really!
To be honest with you, I don't really read womens magazines. I only ever really get them if there's something free with it that I want, and even then I tend to not read any of the articles and just look at the pictures. This isn't because I don't enjoy reading, or that I'm particularly averse to the more stereotypical elements of women's lifestyle magazines (basically shopping), but just because I find that 90% of the so called 'journalism' in these magazines is so vacuous and inane that it actually pains me to read it.
Anyway I picked up this month's (September 2011) 'Cosmo' magazine just because I wanted the free fake lashes. That came back to bite me on the bum, or should I say glue me on the bum? As I sat on my lash adhesive and got glue all over my trousers and sofa... it doesn't come out by the way.
Back to the magazine, this month's cover is Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas with the cover lines 'Fergie on those £20,000 cosmetic surgery rumours' so I turn to the article to read about it and it's Fergie saying the rumours are false and funny... wow juicy! *Stifles a yawn*. Most of the interview is just the same ass kissing celeb questions and then asking about her husband and looks, because remember girls you're nothing without either!
I return to the front cover to find something else that catches my eye and spot 'Win the Sex Factor! The hottest moves his ex didn't know.' Oh wow so this is going to be about some magical new sex moves that nobody knows and I'm going to be laboriously jotting down this fresh new information I guess! *turns to page excitedly* Hmm now the title has changed to '63 sex moves his ex didn't DO'. Well, that sounds less exciting, oh well I shall endeavour and read on I'm sure this is well thought out journalism and not just asking a load of men what their ex didn't do in bed and... oh hang on, it is. So I'm not sure what I'm supposed to learn from this? One guy states he would have liked his nipples licked, another suggests that hot wax would have been sexy. Shall I just prepare a questionaire before I sleep with someone? or just go through the suggestions and see? Anyway I've just asked my ex if he would have liked his nipples played with and his answer was 'Maybe. Maybe not. I'm very protective of my nipples.'
Right, I'm going to find something interesting in this magazine to read if it kills me (well, kills my braincells... I can already hear them begging for mercy). Bottom right corner I spot a charming little paragraph 'Why every woman should date an ugly man (no beer goggles required).' Well that's just lovely isn't it? But now now now, I mustn't judge a magazine by it's front cover. I shall read on with an open mind... The article is split into two parts. One a man saying yes, the other a woman saying no. The article is peppered with scientific facts and stats along with the guy in it 'pleading' his case for the 'uglies' which he counts himself amongst - bit depressing that. The woman juxtaposes this position with a piece that can be best summed up with the words 'ewww omg no wai'. Interestingly the phrase 'because you love each other' never comes up, instead it's all about how he will make more effort in bed and compliment you more.
There are a few serious articles in Cosmo and one is featured on the front page. A girl called Brielle who's father died in the 9/11 attacks is interviewed about her father Victor Saracini. There's also a cosmo campaign involving awareness around domestic violence, but these pages probably make up less than 5% of the magazine. Now I'm not saying that a women's magazine should be all heavy journalism and serious articles... because let's face it nobody really wants to read that on their coffee break. I just wish the writing in these magazines had some, ANY substance. This could be humorous, factual, unusual... in short, just interesting!
On a positive note I actually think the beauty and fashion pages are good. A nice mix of high end and high street. The look book is particularly good, with 4 interesting and quirky make up looks followed by an article on the products used in each one. It also contains lots of seasonal trends from hair to nails and from perfume to cosmetics. Personally, if Cosmo did a beauty & fashion only magazine for 1/2 the price I'd just buy that!
Summary: If all you care about is men, sex & shoes then it's the magazine for you!