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?
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
- Fair Lady
- Oprah magazine
- Good housekeeping
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.