Women in the Cosmopolitan Magazine
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The paper analyzes the advertisements and articles of Cosmopolitan magazine and how they help to promote an unhealthy body image and a negative consumer mentality in the modern era. The paper also addresses the exclusivist Caucasian interpretations in the articles and how the magazine represents the American consumerist culture.
From the Paper:"This aspect of the ads dictates the normative value of creating an addictive cycle in women's dieting that is an "all or nothing' mentality. The social belief that women can be able to diet and remain slim while eating absorbent amounts of foods (often fast food) is a consumer culture paradox that results in confusing its readers. This also occurred in the articles written about weight loss and other image idealizations, but it also reflects the often racially divided dualism of Caucasian and non-Caucasian types promoted for its readership. Many of the women idealized white women and their lifestyles as exclusive to those of African Americans or Asian, causing a rift in how white women could perceive see the greater degree of articles reflecting their way of life "as the norm." With these articles colluding in tandem with the equally dualistic advertisements depicting binge eating fast food or using dieting measures through their refusal of food--Cosmopolitan does not provide a very healthy image for race issues in America nor for their way that women behave in their eating habits."
Sample of Sources Used:
- "ECU Professors: Magazine Ads Sent Mixed Health Messages." 2006. The Daily Reflector. September 21, 2008. <http://www.frankwbaker.com/magazines_mixed_messages.htm>
Cite this Analytical Essay:
Women in the Cosmopolitan Magazine (2008, December 01) Retrieved July 15, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/women-in-the-cosmopolitan-magazine-140565/
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