Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Why I Read Men's Magazines and I'm A Woman

When I was a teenager trying to find out as much about the world of women, I read Cosmo, Glamour, and magazines like that. But as the years troll on by, you realize that those magazines just reprint ALL THE SAME BULLSHAT year in and year out...they just put a different pretty face on the cover so that you get sucked into buying their repetitive bullshat.

Around the age of 20, I actually WANTED to know more about how men's brains operated so I started reading the stuff they read. Which is how I stumbled on Esquire and have been a subscriber for the last decade. There are some years that I've tried to opt out of subscribing to them but no matter how much I try not to renew....I always do and it is because I'll read something that I know I'll ONLY find in a men's magazine. Forgive me for saying this (women) but men's magazines have better articles. It isn't just Playboy. Granted, there are some excerpts that we can all do without in ANY magazine but for the most part, Esquire has ALWAYS talked about something I wanted to hear...their interviews have always involved subject matter that was presented to make me interested in learning about celebrities that I could really care less about and the humor/sarcasm is more along the lines of how I talk. It just fits me. So I keep reading it.

Take this for instance....

The sidebar article that is no longer than 2 long paragraphs entitled "WHAT THE F%$# IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? (candid responses to a perplexing reality - from an expert and a comedian)". The responses are to a "major human flaw: some people refer to themselves in third person". What women's magazine would you EVER find a short article like this? Please try to name one...struggling? It's because you won't.

Women are always taught to be nice and subtle when discussing things that have to do with human characteristics. There would be some 2-4 page article about the emotional psychology of why people talk in third person and somehow it would be tied into their childhood and some trauma that was experienced. Men...they just let you have it and leave you to pick your own face up off the ground. In a nutshell, the article said people talk in third person because they're either a jackass who assumes they are far more important than they really are or they're just a peon who wishes they could get away with referring to themselves in third person.

Didn't take 2-4 pages to say that and it was funny at the same time...and this is why I will CONTINUE subscribing to Esquire for decades. My subscribing to Cosmo and Glamour? Stopped doing that a decade ago and never looked back once but then again, it could just be that Synitta is an azzhole and doesn't care anyway.

FYI, for those of you who didn't get that last name is Synitta.

5 points of view:

NightFall914 said...

LOL @ the last line. Yeah I'm sure you threw at least one person off with that.

♥ CG ♥ said...

Hey chica! You're totally right. This train of thought can be applied to increase knowledge in a myriad of areas, but I find most people don't take the time to.

Milly said...

I havent read any women's mags for a while too and it took me a while to figure out it was the same ish with a different cover ever month

Jay_fever said...

Looking for insight on what goes on in mens minds in a womans magazine written by women is like trying to learn steak recipes from a vegetarian...It doesn't make any sense. Way to be wise and go to the source.

Kimmiepooh said...

A few years ago I had a subscription to Detail Magazine and unfortunately, I hadn't had a chance to renew it. You are so on point; women's magazines regurgitate the same stories every year-only the cover model's change. If I read one more story on how to get extra shiny hair or find the perfect jeans for ME, I'm gonna scream, lol. Now I only "read" them for the pretty pictures...

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