The Cosmopolitan Divide, part 17

Rhajon N. Colson-Smith, who probably never thought her name would end up on my dumb blog, finished her thesis in 2005: “Look Younger, Lose 10 Pounds, and Influence Your Audience: A Content Analysis of Popular Men’s and Women’s Magazine Cover Blurbs and the Messages They Project to Their Readers”. She looked at four different magazines’s covers (Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Vogue) for the years 1999-2003 to see what kind of messages they contained.  Her literature review, unlike mine, was a real one, and she found that magazines telling women what they ought to be has its beginnings in the early 20th Century.

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