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Lessons From Ladies' Home Journal

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

When the editor called to say she liked the essay and wanted to buy it, I was convinced it was a friend playing a trick. It wasn't. In fact, the editor wanted to know if I had any other essays to show her.

'Skinny Bliss' Is Anything But

Sophia Herbst | Posted 05.03.2014 | Women
Sophia Herbst

I don't even know how I know of this number. Only that I know it, and my friends know it, and my mom knows it. Somehow, somewhere along the road, I was taught that if I want to have a flat stomach and tight tushy, I need to limit my calories to 1,200 a day and do cardio.

Cosmo, It's Time To Leave Women's Bodies Alone

Caperton Gillett | Posted 03.09.2014 | Style
Caperton Gillett

You're the fashion editor of the most-read women's magazine in the U.S. I may not be a huge fan of your content, but as your magazine goes, so goes, to a certain extent, the 18-to-34-year-old female nation. Trends are for everyone. So start one.

The 'Average Women's Magazine Cover' Parody You Need To See

Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

If this hilarious parody cover is anything to go by, women's magazines have a long way to go. This mockup of the "average women's magazine cover,"...

Falling In Love With The September Issue

Julie Carlson Miller | Posted 10.13.2013 | Style
Julie Carlson Miller

"January may be the traditional marker of a New Year, but for me September has always represented true change and hope."

PICS: What Fashion Magazines Still Make Us Care About

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver and Michelle Persad | Posted 07.30.2013 | Style

Every time we get the latest issue of a women's fashion magazine (be it Vogue, Elle or Cosmopolitan), we notice a distinct pattern. Our favorite gloss...

A Magazine You'll Actually Want To Read

Posted 07.17.2013 | Women

While mainstream women's magazines produce some great (and important) features, we're really over many of the things they keep pushing on us. (FYI, ou...

6 Things Women's Magazines Still Want Us To Worry About

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.16.2013 | Women

There are certain topics that seem to pop up in women's magazines over, and over, and over again. We are all painfully aware that our bodies could be ...

Glamour Editor On The Real Reasons Women's Magazines Get Ignored

Posted 06.24.2013 | Women

For the last two weeks, people have been debating whether women's magazines can produce "serious" journalism (spoiler alert: yes, they can) -- and why...

A New Direction For 'Cosmo?'

Posted 06.20.2013 | Women

If editor-in-chief Joanna Coles has her way, Cosmo will soon be known for more than sometimes questionable sex advice. Politico reports that Coles ...

Here's Proof That Women's Magazines Can Do 'Serious' Journalism

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 06.18.2013 | Women

Can women's magazines produce "serious" journalism? That is the question posed -- and answered affirmatively -- by Jessica Grose in a piece for the Ne...

PHOTO: This Looks Familiar...

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 06.11.2013 | Women

We’ve all done it before. You catch a glimpse of teasers like “15 Sex Tips That Will Blow His Mind” or “Slim Down Fast For Summer!” on the c...

11 Surefire Ways To Land A Man

Posted 05.06.2013 | Comedy

Finding a man isn't easy. And how do you know if he's the right kind of guy? You want someone who's smart, funny, and doesn't start yelling at police ...

Dear New York Times: Women Curse

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

Everyone, there's cursing in the lady mags. Someone dispatch one of Emily Post's descendants to the Conde Nast building STAT.

Holiday Happiness: Spanx and Store-Bought Dough

Marie Woolf | Posted 02.11.2013 | Comedy
Marie Woolf

Find yourself standing in any grocery checkout line, and you'll see the schizophrenic covers of current "women's" magazines. Over 35 and can't lose weight any more? Lose 35 pounds by Christmas! Anxious? Yummiest-ever cool-weather cocktails!

'Seventeen's' BMI Calculator Is Really (Really) Not OK

Christina Huffington | Posted 12.06.2012 | Women

A BMI calculator on a website for teen girls? Seventeen apparently thought it was a good idea. The magazine for adolescent girls featured a calculator...

Why Are 'Cosmo' Cover Girls Getting Younger And Younger?

Refinery 29 | Posted 08.16.2012 | Women

We have to admit, we were a bit taken aback when we learned that Lucy Hale, the star of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars and the third installment of ...

21 Vintage Women's Mag Headlines You'd Never See Today

BuzzFeed | Posted 08.15.2012 | Women

Including 1969's “My Long Night in a Singles' Bar” and 1983's “Mel Gibson, Australia's Exciting New Star. Veddy Sexy.” 1. ...

Why 'Cosmo' Is Actually Important

BuzzFeed | Posted 08.07.2012 | Women

Cosmo, as both a magazine and a worldwide brand, is full of contradictions. Most basically, it's a publication that became what it was thanks to Helen...

Pretty Is Just a Word

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 08.22.2012 | Teen
Alexis Jane Torre

Two years ago, I finally decided to stop hiding my skin disease with jeans and cover-up. I stopped using makeup to disguise my vitiligo and just accepted my body the way that it was.

How The 'Man Crisis' Impacts Women

Posted 07.23.2012 | Women

Hugo Schwyzer | Role/Reboot Hugo Schwyzer responds to a recent op-ed that attempts to assign blame for the growing number of women suffering from b...

Show Us Your 'Beachy Waves'

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 08.01.2012 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

I come out of the water looking less 'Birth of Venus' and more Tangled Pale Person.

Not-So-Sweet Seventeen

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home
Hannah Weintraub

I've been disillusioned by Seventeen's pixie dust more times than I would like to admit. The magazine manufactures self-doubt so girls will buy the quick-fix products displayed on their glossy pages.

A Better Way To Represent Women

Chauncey Zalkin | Posted 12.18.2011 | Women
Chauncey Zalkin

It's really time to update the look and feel of media for women to fit reality. We can define ourselves thank you very much.

What Men Lust After in July

Kate Fridkis | Posted 09.05.2011 | Women
Kate Fridkis

Last night, my brother and I were standing at the checkout counter at the CVS, buying batteries for our dad's insulin pump, and a row of magazines was...