by Greg Krehbiel on 29 August 2013
I read a lot of articles about publishing (that’s my field), but most of it is not the kind of stuff we chat about on this blog.
Today I read an article by a woman on why she prefers men’s magazines. I figured it might be because she has already discovered enough ways to …. Well, never mind that. But she gave some other reasons that were interesting. Basically she said the women’s magazines are too formulaic and boring. And mindless.
Women’s magazines don’t say anything interesting about the state of culture, they just buy into it. They don’t have a sense of humor about themselves.
I’ve never read a women’s magazine, but somehow her analysis doesn’t surprise me. (Okay, my statement might depend on how you define “women’s magazine.” I may have looked inside Good Housekeeping while waiting to get my hair cut.)
Anyway, in addition to her interesting comments she had to get in the mandatory “pretend to believe in equality” stuff and complain about “reinforcing gender stereotypes.”
It’s my observation that you can’t be a woman in the media world without tossing in the occasional feminist talking point.
That concept — reinforcing gender stereotypes — should be regarded as a bellwether for the health of a culture. That is, a healthy culture thinks it’s a good thing to reinforce gender stereotypes, while a deathly ill culture thinks they should be avoided.
-- 2013-08-29 » Greg Krehbiel