October 21, 2003

Cashier reading material

I read them all the time, those splashy periodicals of sex, orgasms, and men--just the covers, mind you. We aren't allowed to read the magazines on the job.

I am a cashier at the local County Market store, and though the holidays are fast approaching, I still have lots of time to look at the Glamorific glorified presentations of sex on the covers of many of the magazines.

"Go stand on your square," managers say.

And I do. Faced with Bennifer, Spears, Crowe, and Kidman in fashionable get-ups, I cannot believe the dished out sex tips, just like I cannot believe that everyone's boobs on the cover are theirs. It is for entertainment purposes only to me.

But, according to this article I found on the NMJ site, intelligent/semi-intelligent humans are believing these revelations of WHAT DRIVES MEN WILD! THE PLACE TO GET YOUR FREAK ON. and my favorite, HOW TO SPICE UP YOUR DEAD LOVE LIFE. It is all so funny that people are still relying on these "journalists" to report sex news, when, in actuality they are creating it.

That is just it, Americans have dead love lives because they are too busy getting out there and making money. Professional aspirations go above nookie in America, and the sooner we all realize that, the poorer Cosmo, Redbook, and Glamour will be.

Ah, but the wonderful, blissful denial of it all.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at October 21, 2003 11:28 AM

I agree that kind of explicit reading matterial should not be sold at our local supper market's or local drug store's. I think they should all be put in a big box and burned.

Posted by: Scott Conroy at October 22, 2003 9:02 AM

These articles amuse me. If i am having a bad day, and i read something of this matter, it makes me laugh. Its just so funny, i mean, you know the majority of it is fabricated and that makes it all the more funny. Journalists have freedom of speech, for goodness sakes people just let them write. We can sell things such as condoms and pregnancy tests at drugstores and supermarkets, why not articles on sex? People do not have to pick up the magazine, hell, they don't even have to glance in the general direction of it if they don't want to, people need to just let others live their lives. So what if it has an article on sex, so what if its fabricated, you have a table of contents, find out what page the offensive article is on and SKIP OVER IT! Grow up people, grow up.

Posted by: Lori at October 22, 2003 9:30 AM

Hey, Amanda. I just thought I'd share this article I found while researching the blonde extinction myth: http://buzz.weblogs.com/2002/10/04 . The entry is about Branscum's experience working for and with lazy, shady publications. She discusses specifically the dangers found in women's magazines. Apparently, the editors of Glamour and such will rewrite and construct any of the material they NEED to sound like they are an authoritative source on the sex issue at hand.

Posted by: Kate Cielinski at October 22, 2003 9:35 AM

the thing that bothers me the most about these kind of magazines (which, mind you, I have seen, laughed at, and tossed to the wayside) is the super-skinny, anorexic-looking, "I-had-my-two-bottom-ribs-removed-for-this-job" models.

My STW research paper is going to be on the surge in eating disorders in teenage girls in the United States, and the influence of the media (more specifically, the modeling industry) on the minds of these young girls.

I used to want to be that skinny. Then I saw a resemblance between the starving people in Africa and Ethiopia and the models in these magazines. Disgusting. (I'm formulating an idea for a post in my own blog...)

Posted by: Karissa at October 22, 2003 9:43 AM

Maybe I am going out on limb here to be the odd one out but, I subscribe to Glamour and look forward to my issue coming every month.

Yah, I know some of the articles and information is just made up and for fun but who cares! It is fun! I think many of the topics discussed are fun and relevant to being a woman. Where else can you see the lastest fashions, makeup and hair tips, and funny stories about dating and sex. Nowhere!

And as far as the models looking unhealthy, I agree. Some of them do look sick but, for the most part, real women are featured in these magazines and as women, we have to be confident in the body we were given and have respect that everyone chooses to live their lives differently and that's fine!

If you don't like these magazines, don't buy them. They are entertainment and some of us enjoy the fun and girly articles they contain. I absolutly do not think these magazines should not be sold certain places because of people's negative feelings. If Playboy or some Economics magazine is sold at BP then, I want my Glamour and Cosmo there too!

Posted by: Lindsey at October 22, 2003 12:28 PM
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