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"want to look ten years younger, girls?"*

*Actual sub-headline in this month's issue of Observer Woman.

Could the Observer Woman monthly section please stop pretending it's devoted to women in general and change its name to Observer Overpriced and unimaginative Beauty and Style? Because, with the addition of a few pieces on sex and romantic relationships, that's pretty much all that's in every issue. Presumably us ladies can't handle anything more challenging than clothes and makeup and the return of All Saints. I don't know why I continue to be disappointed in it, as it's been shit since its very first issue, yet every month I somehow expect better of it. Perhaps it's because, as part of a newspaper, it should be relatively free from the pressures of advertising and sales that can hamper mainstream women's magazines, yet it doesn't even try to do anything original or subversive or simply interesting. For all the paper's faults, the Guardian Women's Page does at least try to cover interesting and non-cutesy topics. So why can't the stupid magazine?


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Nov. 5th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
And there's often a extra verge of jocular misogyny in it that even the mainstream women's glossies don't have. In the lifestyle glossies, there'll always be this emphasis on female friendship and sucessful careers and things, and Cosmo will have its anti-rape campaigns, or Glamour will have a "why you should vote" feature on an upcoming election. And the pure style ones like Vogue and In Style are just too clothes- and beauty-oriented to have any time for relationshippy type stuff. But the Observer Women has all these appalling articles giving "the man's view" on why women should always wear make-up or not argue back or something else utterly, utterly vile. It feels way more spiteful to me than the normal glossies, because they actually have to make readers want to get it next month.
Nov. 5th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
It is outrageously crap, isn't it? I have been an Observer woman all my adult life, but I am seriously thinking of voting with my feet one Sunday a month. The only problem is my Sunday doesn't feel quite right without it.

As a teenager, and twenty something an afternoon on the sofa with a magazine and a bar of Galaxy chocolate was one of my cheap luxuries but now, when desperate for something to read on the train, I really struggle.

Nov. 6th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Or rather, Overprices and Unimaginative Broody Beauty and Style??

Total bollocks, barring the wallchart which is now on the flat's cork-board with seven post-it notes pointing to the picture of Jeremy Paxman described as 'The Thinking Woman's Crumpet.'. Each post-it reads: 'I told you it's not just me!'

But apart from aknowleding Paxo, which is easy, it's total bollocks. All Saints for fuck's sake?
Nov. 6th, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
I think it was when they had an interview with Jeffrey Archer in September that my blood actually began to boil. Oh yes, there’s a feminist icon.
Nov. 6th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
I am so sick of this idea that every woman desperately wants to look younger than she is!

The Chicago Tribune's WomanNews section at least includes some issue stories along with all the shopping and fashion, and tries to make some things relevant to the real world, like talking about plus-size shopping and the fashion industry, and whether or not wearing school uniforms (it's getting to be an issue here) have effect on people later in life. I really thought the old-fashioned society-and-beauty ladies' pages in newspapers were gone. Guess now I know better.
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