Glamour magazine and editorial consistency

“If you write an article against something, better make sure other articles or ads don’t seem to be pro-that-thing”

Friends on Facebook and Twitter have been telling me that this month’s Glamour magazine has a great article on rape, so I’m breaking my rules of only getting by magazines free and paying money for the free gift. It was only £1, usually £2,and there was a free mascara, but it’s nowhere near as good as the benefit mascara from lay month’s Elle. For a proper mascara review check out this – it has real pictures of eyes with and without the mascara – I wish all makeup reviews could be as honest!

Glamour July 2013

I may be breaking my “only buy if the free gift is worth more than the cover price” (worth more to me, nor just in the made up rrp) rule, but I am sticking to my plan of looking for inconsistencies. In an edition that is being feted for addressing an important issue, are the other articles and the ads suitably on-message?

Back page, 17 questions we really don’t want to be asked. 
6 Can I kiss you? 
Guys, if you’re not sure the answer will be “yes”, asking us for permission won’t boost your chances. Best to go for it. (We’ll duck if you’re wrong.)

I know it’s not the most romantic thing in the world, but is asking permission before smooshing your face in someone else’s face really so bad? Better safe than sorry, I say. Glamour seems to think better sorry than safe.

What really happens on a guys’ holiday? 
If we’re honest, a group of boozy Brits isn’t going to have the ladies a-queuing.

Surprisingly good. No mentions of “conquests” or ogling.

The new A-Z of sex
W is for Where?!
As in “Where exactly are you trying to put that?” Is he lost or trying to sneak elsewhere? We asked 500 men what the deal is with anal sex – 29% like it; 33% said no way;38% were undecided. So, no, we’re none the wiser.

Maybe the question they should have asked was “Would you try to put your penis in someone’s anus without their prior permission?”. Joking about “trying to sneak elsewhere” is not actually funny guys, and very very off-message!

So what did this mean? I guess it means that these kind of thoughts are so ubiquitous that even the most well meaning publication can end up with “jokes” about “putting it in the wrong hole” without realising quite what they are suggesting, and while of course nobody wants to be kissed by someone who they don’t want to be kissed by, it’s still seen as unromantic to ask.

A slightly depressing conclusion, but not an unexpected one. And the rape article was very good.

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