Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cosmo Mag-Tool of the Oppressor or Bringing out our Sexy Sides?


Check out this article analyzing a Cosmo Mag from 1991 and one from 2012. The article's author, Peter Lappin, is a "home sewing fanatic" and author of the blog Male Pattern Boldness. Peter's point is that the Cosmo 2012 describes women's fashion in much more sexual language than the Cosmo or 1991 which focuses more on words about love. His article does a really great job of questioning whether the emphasis on sexiness is empowering or demeaning to women. As someone who loves sex enough to study it and talk about it on multiple podcasts (thanks to Sally McGraw, one of my co-hosts on the Strong, Sexy & Stylish Podcast, for letting me know about this article!) you all know I am a sex positive person. But that doesn't mean I don't question Cosmo magazine and the importance our society places on women looking sexy. Who is all the sexiness for? Is it to improve the confidence and self-esteem of the readers or make them feel like they need to have to have 50 New Sex Tricks up their sleeves to be an attractive and desirable person?

Read the article and tell us what you all think! Women, do you feel pressured to be sexy in ways that don't feel empowering to you? Straight or bi guys, do you like Cosmo's sex advice? Would you want a girlfriend to read it and use it on you? Any lesbians/bi-girls want to give their opinions on what makes a sexy lady?

P.S. I can't wait to check out more of Male Pattern Boldness! Sewing and sex politics all in one blog? I'm there!

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