So far so good yes?
But then this is where things started to go slightly awry. A good magazine hit for me usually compromises a humorous roundup of current goings on, glamourous and exotic photo shoots, an interview with an inspirational and/or interesting celebrity, a few tips on how to look/feel good/dress for the season and maybe a few letters from readers, discussing a mutual topic from the previous issue. Throughout these issues, in my experience there is usually very little to no mention of 'how to please a man' or 'a man's point of view of what looks good on women' and this is just fine. I'd always been under the apparently naive impression that these magazines were by women, for women and whose primary purpose was to create a supportive community of intelligent, witty, style-conscious independent women who have no interest in 'pleasing' men.
Bearing this in mind, you can appreciate my surprise when flicking through the above issue of Cosmo and an overwhelming proportion of the content was centered around men, and their opinions on women's fashion, what looks good and what they like. Here are some examples that I picked out of just one single issue of a regular copy:
So 'men' is now a competitive sport is it?
It' not very clear here, but the bit with Daniel Radcliffe is a little Q&A of 'what men find attractive' amongst other little tips on how to attract a male, all under the genious title 'Manthropology.' Whoever thought of that little beauty deserves a pay rise.
Yet more information about fashion trends that men like.
And the icing on the cake came in an interview with Zooey Deschanel, where 'there's more to life than pleasing men' is declared as if it is some sort of revelation that we have all been waiting for. I'm not sure about you but I'd managed to work that one out on my own.
So there you have it. What do you guys think? Do you generally find that a lot of female-centred media is geared towards how to attract a man, or is this issue of Cosmo just an anomaly? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.