Covered stories

Being a person of the masculine persuasion, I’ve read a few magazines that are supposedly aimed at me, and generally, they’re about Things Guys Like To Do, supplemented with Things Guys Should Buy; see, for instance, Maxim, which once spun off its Stuff section into a separate magazine, only to discover that the readers realized that Stuff was basically Lucky with a neckbeard. And yes, there are babe pictures now and then, but they’re of secondary interest, unless you’ve gone twelve years without any feminine attention.

If this sounds uninspiring, consider what women are expected to read:

Women … are continually exposed to a single message: it’s time to have sex. Don’t women deserve adventures of their own, ones that have nothing to do with sex or sexuality? Shouldn’t their magazines celebrate that stuff first, put that stuff ahead of the bedroom agenda? Why does every magazine aimed at women in the supermarket have sex as its primary topic?

Don’t get me wrong: the day I can’t have sex with women I’m going to stare at the wall in the nursing home and cry. I’m all about it. But I don’t think it should be the primary focus of every woman’s life.

Then again, this is the culture that gave us Sandra Fluke, attorney and potential Congressional candidate, who will forever be remembered, not for any actual accomplishments which may be in her future, but for demanding that her contraception be subsidized. A culture in which a person like this is taken seriously is a culture that can’t help but serve up cover stories like “26 Ridiculously Hot Moves.”


  1. Lynn »

    3 February 2014 · 8:24 am

    And when they’re not telling us to have more better sex they’re telling us what to eat, what to wear, how to deal with our emotions, and so forth. The only magazine I subscribe to is Smithsonian. If I subscribed to another it would be National Geographic. And if I subscribed to another it would be… I don’t know… some obscure magazine about something. Sometimes I sort of miss Omni. Anyway, women’s magazines are condescending crap.

  2. fillyjonk »

    3 February 2014 · 12:32 pm

    I….may be reading the “wrong” things. I very seldom see that message in the publications I follow. The only “traditional” women’s magazines I take are Better Homes and Gardens (which is still mostly about your home and your garden) and Real Simple (which is ostensibly about simplifying your life but actually is mainly about showing dresses or shoes that cost more than my disposable income in a month.) Thank God, knitting magazines almost never even mention sex.

    I quit reading the fashion mags a long time ago, when I realized reading them made me depressed because the models in there were presented as the “ideal” woman, and in some cases it would take two of them to equal one of me. (In size, I mean.)

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