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Member Name: Jenkatclaire
Advantages: Different types of articles, good layout,
I buy this magazine every month, it is my one treat to myself and gives me a nice break from my uni work as you don't have to think to much whilst reading it..
Cosmo is around £3.50 for an issue, which although can seem quite expensive, you get quite a lot of content inside and there is quite often a free gift that comes along with it (such as hair products or makeup samples - I even got free toothpaste once which was very useful and meant I didn't need to buy any for an extra month!). You can get it in two different sizes, full sized - which is around A4 per sheet, or the travel/handbag size which is A5/half the big one. This is a very useful feature as I spend quite a lot of time travelling between uni/home/visiting friends and thus having a smaller copy is preferable to carry around on trains!
One main criticism of this magazine is that it is trashy/gives bad advice regarding men and womens issues, and yes some of the articles do seem a bit anti-feminism but if you go in with your eyes wide open or not think about the articles too much it is still enjoyable. The advice pages are actually my favourite, makes me glad I'm not the only one to have some of the problems, and it doesn't mean I HAVE to follow their advice, it's just nice to read their opinion.
They have celebrity interviews, and generally manage to get people who are in the public eye (mostly in gossip columns however, be warned) which is quite an interesting read - though my least favourite part of the magazine as I can get celebrity interviews and gossip anywhere on the internet or in 70p TV magazines... I enjoy their real life stories, they usually have at least one woman who has been through some sort of ordeal and give them an interview. This is usually very inspiring and makes me feel proud to be female (if that sounds silly then so be it).
They also have fashion sections to show latest trends, the designers option and the high street option which is a nice touch, though usually I find the trends a bit too "out there" but it's good for at least some inspiration or a bit of a laugh if you don't like the style at all!
These points show that they have a wide spread of different articles to pick and choose from when reading, this makes it read much better as you don't get bored. Some of these articles are very shallow and anti-feminist but that's to be expected with a magazine such as this, as long as you don't take it too seriously it's a fun read (and the sex stories are very entertaining). The price is a positive and a negative, it doesn't seem very expensive at the time but it does add up throughout the year (maybe a good idea to look into the subscription option).
Summary: Don't take it too seriously and it is a good break from real life!