Cosmopolitan under [Joanna] Coles has not lost its sizzle, and its pages are filled with the relationship advice and sex tips that have made it a popular guide for young women for decades. But it has also taken on heavier subjects, including women’s health and politics...What does Cosmopolitan look like these days? Sex, health... politics... isn't that what women's magazines have been for the last nearly half century? I'm speaking from experience, because before I went to law school, back in my painterly period, my day job was reading magazines — reading them, coding them, for a marketing research firm. I read all the women's magazines — and plenty of other magazines — for something like 2 years. Cosmopolitan in the 70s. I remember it so well. That was back when every cover screamed "sex!" but the word "sex" never appeared on the cover.
Though she was tight-lipped on her plans, she said she had two projects she has been working on with other Hearst brands....
I go to the Cosmopolitan website now, and the very first thing I see is a picture of Donald Trump.
I have to read through 2 Trump things before I get to "Sex Poses" — but "Sex Poses" are not sex positions, just the beginning of "Sex Poses Different Risks for Men and Women as they Age." Or maybe my computer — I'm on my old computer — isn't displaying that correctly. I think the "Donald Trump Is Right to Go After Hillary Clinton" was supposed to be up there in that empty top left corner, and not on that man and lady in bed together. It is funnier in the botched up way.
Clicking through, I see that "Donald Trump Is Right to Go After Hillary Clinton" is written by the familiar feminist writer Jill Filipovic. She says:
This election has set a know-nothing blowhard eager for attention against a seasoned, savvy, and somewhat cynical politician who is simply not being pressed on anything substantive.... Disturbingly, what some people appear to want is spectacle of anti-intellectualism and impotent rage.... When we lose the emphasis on ideas and devolve into a contest driven by ever-more-outrageous insults, grandiosity bordering on delusion, and a dogged commitment to going lower and lower still, it's not politics. It's poli-tainment. And it's not Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton who will lose. It's all of us.I agree with some of that, but it still gets my tag "civility bullshit" (which signifies my belief that calls for civility are always bullshit (because people only want to get their opponents to tone it down)).
And now I'm distracted by the "Most Popular" list in the sidebar: "13 Things That Make Guys Irrationally Horny," "10 Things Guys Actually Want In A Wife," and "What Blow Jobs Really Feel Like According To 12 Guys." Cosmo readers seem to like numbers — 13, 10, 12 — would it kill you to give me an 11? Oh, here, I found one: "11 things your boobs could be trying to tell you." And: "11 things you never knew about your boobs/Your breasts can have orgasms, people." Apparently, 11 is the boobs number at Cosmo.
Anyway, sail on Ms. Coles. You've done your time in the lady trenches.