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Member # 26880
posted 10-24-2006 05:59 PM
In a class discussion, we had a hard time coming up with magizines that are marketed as "Women's magazines" that we feel possitively and appropriately represent woman.
A pair of our students went over to the corner store and tried to find a representative womans magazine. The best we could do were fitness and cooking, with "WOMEN's MAGAZINE" on the cover of both. We felt that they are not appropriately representations of women any more than cosmopolitan (which we also dismissed) was. So I am looking for some suggestions of magazines that cover WOMEN'S ISSUES, and portray women positively. Cosmopolitan fails as it implies women to be focused on sex and dress, which I know is often not true. I heard Jane magazine might be okay, but I'd really like a suggestion from the experts.
Member # 30201
posted 10-24-2006 09:29 PM
Most of the magazines you're looking for would probably be called "feminist magazines", so you could try a google search. I'm no expert, but I know there's some called Ms., Bust, FEM.
Member # 4510
posted 10-25-2006 09:29 AM
I'm partial to RedBook, I started reading it when I got married. It's target audience seems to be 30-something married women with kids. I'm an early 20 married with no kids, but I enjoy it anyway.
Member # 3
posted 10-25-2006 11:28 AM
The thing with most "women's magazines" marketed as such in your average market is that they're, first of all, often mostly fashion & beauty mages primarily, and even when they branch out, often insanely if not completely heterosexist.
So, if you're only talking about the Jane/Glamour/Cosmo/Redbook/Woman's Day/Allure variety...big eh from me, really on the whole lot of them. However, every now and then, some of them do decently at having a slightly wider net per at least getting that women's lives are larger than clothes, hairstyles, makeup, cooking, homemaking and relationships with men. Last I looked, Marie Claire did slightly better; Self was pretty decent, too (but I'm out of the loop on these, because the only time I ever see them anymore are when I'm bored at the hairdressers a couple times a year). Jane's original editor used to do Sassy, a teen mag which was in so many ways SO progressive, but that really didn't carry over much to Jane, IMO. That all said, I'd much more consider magazines like Ms. or Bitch to be "women's" magazines than any of that lot. And both of those two rock pretty darn hard.
Member # 26880
posted 10-26-2006 04:14 PM
Thanks - I checked out Jane and it was worse than I expected - but the suggestion did come from a forty year old single male english teacher, so.
A friend who is very feminist suggested HERizons as well. Anybody heard of that?