Disciple of Thecla
8/7/12 at 10:24 AM 0 Comments

Positives for Glamour, More Negatives for Cosmopolitan

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Over the past three months, the magazines of Glamour have become increasingly modest, and each one has shown a diversity of how women can remain fully-clothed or fully-covered. Women can be modest, even chaste, and remain diverse and unique. Cosmopolitan continues to be a troubled magazine, taking inspiration from 50 Shades of Grey; one advertisement within Cosmopolitan threatens rape, "I hope you don't like that shirt you're wearing because I'm going to rip it off when I get home." I suppose Cosmopolitan thinks women are supposed to enjoy rape or feel complimented if a man rapes them.

Um... no.

And bondage is wrong for both men and women.

Fortunately, I have seen positive changes for Glamour, and I hope Glamour keeps these changes. Recently, I have begun to use the Glamour magazines to cover up Cosmopolitan. The past four months, Glamour has portrayed women as unique individuals with each her own style, personality, and attitude. Sexualization has ceased from its magazine covers, even on the most recent one. When sexualization ceases, the individual soul becomes visible for all to see and to appreciate.

The first new cover of Glamour is something I have already shown and mentioned earlier. This was their first step toward modesty.

The second cover shows a woman wearing a basic jeans and T-shirt. However, her wild and ecstatic expression is the most noticeable part of the magazine that attracts attention. Clearly, she is a woman who enjoys having fun and has something to be excited about. Life should be fun and well-lived. With her plain jeans and T-shirt, she shows that life can be enjoyable regardless of income or wealth.

In the third cover, she wears a hat! And the color of the hat emphasizes the make-up around her eyes and draws attention to her eyes. There is something bold and mysterious about her. I did not realize hats could add such character and depth until I saw this magazine cover. It almost reminds me of when I was a teenager. I used to wear a camouflage baseball cap and turn it backwards for my bangs to stick out above the strap. Then, I wore some jeans, a sleeveless shirt and an anime necklace. All dressed up, I walked over to the little country store.

In the third and fourth magazine covers, they gradually stop talking about sex on the front cover.

The fourth and most recent cover of Glamour features a woman taking a bubblebath. Even though the magazine presumes she wears nothing, she is so thoroughly clothed in bubbles that this becomes another version of modesty on the part of the photographers and editors. Only a little bit of her forearms and the top of one shoulder are visible. In fact, she is more covered than the women shown wearing clothes. I consider this better than most depictions of Eve prior to the Fall. So, she has succeeded is something that most Christian artists have not. There is not a single reference to sex or nudity, and this has turned out to be the most chaste Glamour cover I have ever seen. I wish I had a picture of it. And the side on the left cheers, "Let's get dressed!"

I hope Glamour maintains these positive changes because Glamour can set a good standard for women if these positive changes continue. Glamour has clothed its women decently and has gradually stopped talking about sex on the front cover. This magazine cover is now appropriate for children of all ages while they wait at the Wal-Mart checkout aisles. The content within the magazine is superior and more healthy than the content within Cosmopolitan. Now, I use Glamour to cover up the Cosmopolitan magazines. Right now, Cosmopolitan still regards women as sex toys for men. Any attempt to clothe women emphasizes that there is something hidden. An article in the current Cosmopolitan as advertised on front is to help women get rid of their virginity. Men hate virgins because with virgins, men cannot receive free sex.

As for Glamour, I hope to continue seeing this positive focus on women for its magazines. Perhaps it can consider writing about the Olympic athletes after they win?

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