2 thoughts on “An Inside Look At Women’s Magazines: Q&A With Author Jennifer Nelson

  • December 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I just finished this book and it was FANTASTIC! Awesome writing and very interesting. I’m glad my library carried it so I was able to read such an important book!

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  • December 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I haven’t read the book, so I don’t know whether the author ever accepted any responsibility for her contributions to the objectionable content and focus of the chick slicks (her term). These magazines would disappear if women didn’t buy them, which suggests that the self-improvement message is one that women want enough to pay cash on the barrelhead for it. So women are doing this to themselves, freely, without coercion. Let’s go ahead and point that blame finger where it belongs. We big girls take responsibilty for our actions. Whiny princess losers blame everyone else–men, society, culture. You can set yourself free any old time, ladies. What’s stopping you?

    Also, the assertion that these magazines exist to encourage women to selflessly focus on their husbands and families with “nary a thought” of pleasing themselves is risible on its face. Is the author really trying to conflate Vogue and Good Housekeeping? Would advertisers buy space if this mendacious statement were actually true?

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