ok... this is not about porno mags but it's about magazines written by women.
I have heard all kinds of beauty magazines such as Cosmopolitian, Glamour and so forth, but I have never read any in my life.
So to make this simple and I hope I'm not jumping into generalizations AND that since I know everyone is different and since I like to know WHAT MAGAZINES YOU ENJOY READING that really tells about women...
then I like to know which is more knowledgable.. more sensible... and more intelligent to YOU. Any opinion would be greatly appreciated.
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I hate to say it, but you wouldn't believe how much *misinformation* I've found in FHM. Some of their sex info, particularly, is just plain old wrong, at least in the US edition (the UK edition is actually somewhat better on that score, I know the woman who is the sex columnist for the UK edition and she's a good cookie).
And yeesh but it's sexist...
Your mileage may vary, of course. But that's been my experience.
Ah, Maxim's a big one for the 'huh?'-type sex info, too. Personally, I dig Bitch, and can't find many others.
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Maxim actually is also guilty of tossing out sexual misionformation in a quasi-regular basis.
Jane has it's moments. Rarely. Really, that sort of thing is only what I read when I'm at the hair salon and there is nothing else.
What is usually on my stack is the Yoga Journal (always on the top), Bitch, Ms., Bust, The Sun, Fabula (when it was still in print, wah!), Interview, Flaunt, Curve, Girlfriends, the Vegetarian Times, Zoetrope, and a handful of others.
And yes, some of those aren't "women's magazines." But in honesty, who I am as a woman has a whole lot to do with who I am as a person, and my interests are generally FAR more diverse and involved than what is in any one idea of what addresses all women, nor does my gender by itself do a very good job of defining me.
The other day, I made the mistake of investing 2 DM (about 1$) into the german launch edition of Glamour. It will remain the first and last time that I've purchased this publication. The only traditional "women's" mag I sometimes read is "Allegra". However, they've recenetly staretd to loose the good authours and catchy essays and last month they featured a very poorly researched article on feminine hygiene products. Urgh. I think I've outgrown those mags. And I admit that I used to enjoy Cosmo (the US edition) for the fun of it; for all the crap. Not anymore.
I also read "Emma", the original german feminist mag, and am thinking about investing in a sunscription.
And apart from that, I mainly read news mags (Der Spiegel) and a daily newspaper.
I gave up on Cosmo/Cleo type magazines a few years ago, although I do confess I look at the covers and read them in the doctor's office still. I haven't been able to find any of the other women's magazines listed here in Australia (and American magazines are damn expensive here too), but I know that Ms. Magazine and Bust have websites.
One magazine I really like is New Scientist. Very interesting articles, but written so that you can understand them even if you don't study science.
I don't subscribe to any magazines that are "women" oriented at this time. I have a copy of Macleans weekly because when I went home for Christmas my parents realised that without the paper every morning that we get at home, I was woefully out of the news. I used to get New Zealand Geographic (beautiful pictures!) from my rellies in NZ. I also used to get The Beaver (a Canadian History Magazine). I also read my school newspaper once a week.
I must say that for the entertainment value Cosmo and things like that are still quite funny. They're not something that I'd ever get on a regular basis, but the laughs you can find in their ridiculous beliefs or portrayels of life are quite good (as long as you realise a lot of things need to be laughed at) for waiting in offices, plane trips, or whatever.
I'm not really a big magazine person, I much prefer a good book that I can sink my teeth into, or just snack reading (what I call that light fluff-such as some sci-fi, fantasy, mysteries, etc.).
The only magazine I read on the regular basis is Time. I like Joel Stein's column, he's a funny dude. And of course Time always has the latest quotes from GWB, forcing my mind to delve for the deeper meaning.
I like Maxim but I know better than to take the sex info seriously. This month, it's "Be her sex MVP" Maxim and Cosmo have got to be brother and sister. I like their columns about the military and such things you just wouldn't find in girly mags.
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Okie, Cosmo is banned in Singapore. All editions.
But I have to admit I enjoy women's magazines. This is the self-confessed trash reader.
I read the local version of "CLEO". Australians would know it. It's not too bad. No sexual misinformation as far as I can see and they have some quite interesting articles.
For a laugh and a half, I read FHM. Now, that is pure trash. Other than that, I read local entertainment magazines which my mummy gets for free. Overseas publications are disgustingly expensive here so I almost never buy them.
Growing Without Schooling, a reader-written magazine about homeschooling/unschooling, and one of the first things I recommend to people who ask me about homeschooling, 'cause it's a good introduction to the diversity of experiences. Most libraries in the states have it.
CountrySide, a reader-written magazine about homesteading. Big thick issues are packed with philosophy, personal stories, DIY everything! Tips on chickens, strawbale houses, indoor gardens, generating your own power, making cheap meals, homebased businesses, the natural world, and life beyond the sidewalks in general. I find a lot of useful stuff here, and even the stuff that's not useful makes me very happy. Despite my philosophical support of community and New Urbanism, my native Montana isolationist traits are stronger. I want to own my land outright and defend it. This is one of the few places where my personal instincts/preferences and my philosophyforabetterworld clash big time. Usually they're the same. But I'm getting off topic!
My third favorite magazine is Astronomy. I'm kind of a science junky, and when I'm not living in Sprawl, USA, I'm an amateur astronomer.
I read Whole Earth Review sometimes at the library, but it's so much cool stuff in one place that it's just frustrating. I very occasionally read women's magazines in waiting rooms. I did actually read fashion magazines when I was reading books on fashion (academic books, that is... critical theory and so forth. Not history or design). I'm a very visual person, and I'm fascinated by the pictures. I had dismissed the fashion industry as uncool and uninteresting and irrelivant to me until I made a friend here who was studying it, and she gave me a bunch of books. I must say I rather like looking at photos from Thierry Mugler's shows. So intricate and outrageous and otherworldly. And definitely drawing from a cultural matrix I'm familiar with.
i've never heard of some of those mags! weLL...i love my 2 mags! wahine, and surfing girl. there's HARDLY any scrawny, lanky models! they're aLL surfers, with *healthy* bodies and are very strong women! anyway...i love my mags!
I'll read Cosmo type stuff if it's just lying there in the reception room, but the magazines I subscribe to are Time, National Geographic, and Consumer Reports. God, how geeky. But that's okay !! My parents get Home and Garden and I love reading it when I'm home and not at college. I really miss having plants to tend to. The crocuses are starting to bloom outside my dorm, I have a desperate need to go weed...
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One magazine I would like to recommend is "The Economist". Despite it's title it is a very good English newsmagazine. It's politics are right of centre but the editorials are clearly labeled as such. It really trys to provide a world-wide coverage of events and the writing is superior to most news journals. It is widely available at better magazine stands thoughout Canada and the U.S.
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Most Cosmos especially the ones from the States show half naked women in ads or in editorials which is a no-no. Plus four letter words can be seen in some of the articles which is also not allowed.
Plus I think the content is just a little too racy for Singapore and it promotes "wrong" value systems. But I'm just hazarding a guess.
Now that I think of it, I really do like British women's mags. They're more tongue-in-cheek than the American ones, less devoted to consumerism, and their models look a lot more like actual people than most others. Alas, they're expensive here, but my mum buys them regularly, and passes them on to my grandmother, who passes them on to a series of war brides she knows, so we justify it that way. Chatelaines and the like from the forties through eighties are also fun, if just because they make obvious how much things have changed, and how stupid fads look after not too long.
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Although this really doesn't qualify as a magazine about women (strictly, anyhow), I'm an avid reader of Rolling Stone magazine. Even if it's featuring an artist I'm not interested in, their articles are some of the best written out there.
They aren't just a music magazine, also. They deal with current events, politics, celebrities, movies, public issues, and whatnot. All in all, while it may seem like a glitzy trash magazine, Rolling Stone is one of the best written publications out there.
Another great magazine is Vanity Fair. There are some misconceptions that this magazine is a fashion magazine like Vogue or Elle, but it's really quite intelligent. Their articles are long, but very interesting and deal with all sorts of different topics.
New York magazine is awesome, too.
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I'll have to put in my vote with Ms. magazine. I've been reading it for about 10 years (when I was younger I loved looking back on "No Comment" in issues from the '70s). It's nice when the tone of a magazine respects your intelligence. Especially since sometimes I don't respect my intelligence...haha.
I have to admit that I enjoy reading the occasional teen/fashion magazine. Every once in a while they have some interesting clothes or creative ideas for projects. But mostly I just like to make fun of them
I'm not too fond of magazines like "Women's Day" or whatever. Or any of those magazines that are mostly fluff but try to include some new scientific breakthrough that they present in a really one-sided, superficial way... "Study shows broccoli can lengthen your eyelashes" or "Science now proves that women are better listeners" ...yeah, those gender difference ones really get to me... okay, ranting
I don't really read any women's magazines. Or any at all, for that matter. I read the articles on this website, and Evil Robots. I used to read Teen and Teen People, but I've just lost all interest for all that silly gossip. I might start reading some music magazines, like Mixer, but I'm not sure... I just like books better, I suppose.
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