Jen Thorpe

Rate your magazine from most feminist to least feminist

Jen Thorpe

Jen Thorpe

By Jen Thorpe

Are you tired of seeing skeletal, super white, blonde women in your magazine? Would you like to see a diversity of images?

Are you tired of reading sex articles that have very little to do with YOUR pleasure, and everything to do with ‘his’ (because god forbid you should want to give a woman pleasure, or be in a relationship with a woman)?

Has your magazine covered any articles of relevance to women’s rights this month?

Are you tired of reading about weightloss programmes, makeovers that make you look the same as everyone else, or female celebrity bashing?

Would you like to read stimulating long form journalism about women changing the world? Would you like to read about your health outside of your body weight?

Me too.

As of this month we will be doing a monthly survey of women’s magazines across SA. You will have the opportunity to rate your magazine and each month we will give a shout out to the best and worst.

We’ll rate in terms of

  • How much diversity in imagery was there in the magazine?
  • What colour was the cover model?
  • Was she local or international?
  • How many articles about weight loss were there? Were there any articles that advocated becoming stronger over getting thin?
  • How many articles were there that bashed female celebrities (or other popular figures) because of what they wore, how they looked etc?
  • Are there any articles relating to women’s rights? If so, how many and on what topics?
  • How many articles about sex focussed on women’s pleasure?
  • How many articles were there about becoming a strong woman?
  • How many articles addressed your business, leadership, or personal needs?
  • How many articles focussed on trying to get a man/husband/boyfriend/sex partner?

Any ideas for other rating categories can be commented on here. So please send them through.

Magazines that will be considered will be:

  • Women’s Health SA
  • Marie Claire
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Fair Lady
  • Glamour
  • Destiny
  • Oprah magazine
  • Good housekeeping
  • Elle

Any other suggestions are welcome. Polls will be up next week and you’ll be able to start rating the April edition of your favourite and worst magazines.

Keen?

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8 thoughts on “Rate your magazine from most feminist to least feminist

  1. Vanessa Michael (@vanessajmichael) says:

    Would love to participate. What about a magazine like Ideas and Your Family. They are aimed at women but do have a more “traditional???” feel. I know for myself that at 40 some of the magazine’s you have listed are simply too energy sapping. I think that the above mags could also use a gender justice lens to scritinise their content.

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  2. Judith Soskin says:

    I have just submitted an abstract to Agenda for a paper which is looking at this exact issue. If the article is accepted, would it be possible to use your information as a source (properly cited, of course)?

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  3. judithsoskin says:

    What a great idea. I have just submitted an abstract to Agenda for a paper which is looking at how women’s magazines contribute to women’s insecurity and body control issues. Would it be possible to use the information that you’re generating as part of my paper, should my abstract be accepted? Proper citations etc of course.

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