Cosmo Watch: 3 Most Ridiculous Stories in the November Issue

November 3, 2014 | Karin


This September, Cosmo announced that it would enter the world of politics, endorsing candidates and launching a #CosmoVotes effort to encourage readers to vote. Cosmopolitan magazine Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles doesn’t hide her agenda:

People keep saying, ‘Oh, you’ve made the magazine much more political,’ but I feel that these are about lifestyle issues for women. The biggest single decision which will impact your life is when you have a child. I want women to have control over that, not a bunch of old white guys sitting in D.C. That to me is why I am doing this.

How empowering is Cosmo magazine for young women? Well, as part of the #CosmoVotes campaign, Cosmo is sending a party bus with shirtless men. Here is my take on this stunt:

Derided? Condescended to? Insulted? Isn’t that basically what Cosmo is doing in the message it’s sending women? You won’t vote based on student loan debt, the struggling economy, or a myriad of other issues, but you will vote if we send some hot half-naked men to you in a party bus.

Who is insulting young women now?

I decided to take a closer look at the magazine. Here are the three most ridiculous stories from the November issue:

1) Having Babies Will Ruin Your Life

The headline? Why So Many Ladies Hate Babies: A dirty little secret is out–some women think babies are tiny life-ruiners.

The article begins with this sentence:

Nevermind their adorable giggles…or the way they perpetuate the circle of life. Babies have become the enemies of ambitious, adventurous women who believe that infants steal your freedom, derail your career, and mess up your relationship.

2) This is What a Feminist Looks Like

Emily Ratajkowski, most famous for her role as one of the women who appeared topless in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video, is profiled a feminist. She said:

I feel lucky that I can wear what I want, sleep with who I want, and dance how I want.”

3) Women Get Paid Less Just Because They Are Women

The headline? Why Are You Paid Less Than a Guy?!

Here is the introduction to the article:

Next time you’re stuck in work traffic, look over at the man in the car next to you. Your median income from working year-round will be 23 percent less than his, according to Census Bureau figures.

This is what is sold to young women as empowering, but unfortunately, much of what is in these magazines is the opposite.


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