The Cosmopolitan Divide, part 19

What Colson-Smith found is that, even though gendered messages only made up about a third of the cover texts on those magazines, their prevalence did increase between 1999 and 2003.  Women’s magazine covers had more gendered messages than men’s did. Aside from celebrity news, beauty/body image and fashion were the highest ranking category of text on the women’s magazine covers.  What’s most surprising to me is that beauty/body image messages accounted for almost a quarter of the text on the covers of Good Housekeeping. I seriously thought that magazine was about couches and flowers and cookies or whatever.



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