Posts tagged "cosmopolitan"

Cosmo Solves Your Vacuum Cleaner Masturbation Problems

Let’s get right to the point. This is the lede of an article in Cosmopolitan’s October 2012 issue: “Julie, 29, has amazing orgasms. The catch? They’re with her vacuum cleaner.”

Julie*, whose name has been changed of course, continues:
One time, I was straddling it and noticed it felt good. The intense…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 17, 2012

Cosmopolitan Guru Kate White’s First Book Was Inspired By “Law & Order”

“I wanted to become an author for as long as I can remember. I wrote stories and plays and poems all the time I was growing up. I’ve just always felt the urge to write. It’s not something I can stop doing. I just feel wired to want to create stories. As the career path…

By: Ami Angelowicz / September 6, 2012

The Soapbox: Where Helen Gurley Brown Got Feminism Wrong

When Helen Gurley Brown passed away earlier this week at the age of 90, female journalists and writers came out en masse to laud Brown for her contributions to the sexual liberation of women and heralded her a feminist icon.

It’s true that Brown’s incredible 32-year reign at Cosmopolitan marked a sea change…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 15, 2012

10 Fun, Fearless Facts About Helen Gurley Brown

Rivulets of mascara are streaming from big, false lashed-eyes everywhere: yesterday legendary Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown died in New York City at age 90.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Brown’s influence as a feminist and sex-positive editor of a major women’s magazine has left an indelible imprint on our…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 14, 2012

RIP: Cosmopolitan Editor Helen Gurley Brown Has Passed Away

The most famous editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown, has died at the age of 90, according to a press release from Hearst. The controversial editor, who was also the author of the groundbreaking Sex and the Single Girl, passed away at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia after a short hospitalization. Brown was in charge of Cosmo for 32 years,…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 13, 2012

Cosmo‘s Very First TV Ad Was Kind Of Sexist

What can we say about Cosmopolitan today that wasn’t true about Cosmopolitan in the past? According to the very first commercial that promoted the magazine brand in the UK, not much.

The 1972 commercial, unearthed by Copyranter, features a number of women talking to men. Specifically, the men are asking women how they managed to pull off things like…

By: Styleite / March 4, 2012

Dakota Fanning’s Cosmopolitan Cover Went Out To Advertisers Sex- and Vagina-Free

Dakota Fanning’s Cosmopolitan cover raised some eyebrows because the “Twilight” actress is 17-years-old and we all know your hymen magically becomes open for business at midnight on your 18th birthday. Presumably, Cosmo’s ad sales department knew this fact, which is why it sent out a sample mock-up cover to advertisers scrubbed of all the naughty…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2012

Smutty “Cosmo” Needs To Clean Up Its Act, Says Project Anti-Cosmo Crusader

Imagine, if you will, a world in which Cosmopolitan magazine is covered in a non-transparent wrapper and only available to readers ages 18 and over. If you want to read a “Sexy Vs. Skanky” charticles about how purple nipples are out but purple nail polish is in, you need to show some ID.

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2012

Is Dakota Fanning Too Young For Cosmo?

That’s the question some may ask upon discovering that 17-year-old Dakota Fanning is on the cover of the sort of raunchy women’s magazine next to headlines like “Um, Vagina, Are You Okay Down There?” and “His Best Sex Ever.” The actress — who turns 18 next month — is introduced inside the mag with the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 4, 2012

Adele Covers Cosmopolitan

Consider me pleasantly surprised to see the immensely talented — and full-figured — singer Adele gracing the cover of December’s Cosmopolitan. I mention the full-figured thing only because of all the lady mags on stands, I would venture to guess that Cosmo has likely had the least amount of not-stick-thin cover models. Not only is it…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 1, 2011

Kim Kardashian Feels Like A Zoo Animal

“Sometimes I feel like a zoo animal. I’ll be at a restaurant, and someone will put their phone in front of my face and take a picture without saying hi.”
Kim Kardashian talks to Cosmopolitan about what it’s like to be a tabloid star. Wait, she’s surprised when people snap picks of her? Isn’t that…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / July 10, 2011

Anthony Weiner: A Cosmopolitan Eligible Bachelor In 1996

Wow, Cosmopolitan sure has a knack for featuring politicians in embarrassing interviews and photos before they made it big on the national stage. Not only did they snap Senator Scott Brown in the nude back in the day, they also apparently featured Anthony Weiner as one of their “101 Gorgeous Real Life Bachelors” in 1996.

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / June 8, 2011

Cosmo Tip: Hide Your Vibe In His Lucky Charms!

“You know those treats you used to find at the bottom of a cereal box? One morning I hid the new vibrator I’d just gotten in my guy’s cereal for him to discover.”
— An actual tip from a Cosmopolitan reader, deemed one of “50 Ways To Seduce Him In Seconds.” Our friends over…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 14, 2011

Should Jessica Alba’s Untamed “Va-Jay-Jay” Be A “Vagina”?

“Untamed Vaginas.” Now that’s a cover line — one you’ll never, ever see on the cover of a mainstream magazine. So the September issue of Cosmopolitan went with this big splashy cover line over Jessica Alba’s crotch: “Untamed Va-jay-jays: Guess What Sexy Style Is Back.”

This is too much for blogger Leah Chernikoff…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2010

What’s Your Experience With Bizarrely Shaped Bushes?

Last month’s Cosmo featured DIY bikini wax instructions, including stencils for shaping your bush. This got us to thinking: If you groom your pubic hair into a crazy topiary, does it get a reaction? What do guys do when they see hair in the shape of a heart or a lightning bolt? Tell us your…

By: Carli Alexa Blau / June 4, 2010

Brazilian Waxes Do Not Need To Be DIY

Dear Cosmo,

Thanks so much for the free stencils in the May issue! While I think it’s cool that you’re clearly listening to your readers’ cries for more DIY content and money saving tips, I’m happy to leave the fancy pubic styling to the professionals. Trust me, I’m usually a shaver and maintain my…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 9, 2010

Lady Gaga Covers Cosmopolitan…

…yet all I can think about is what on earth that “SEX ARTICLE WE CAN’T DESCRIBE HERE!” is about. What is so EWW DIRTY that Cosmo only dares tease us with its luridness?! Let’s guess!

“50 Ways To Deal With The Pain Of Anal Sex”
“15 Fetishes Involving Body Fluids You Should Totally Try…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 23, 2010

Girl Talk: Cosmopolitan Was The Best And Worst Thing to Happen To My Sex Life

I’m of the last generation to learn about sex without the help of the internet. While I was spared the misinformation my pre-teen mind would’ve encountered in her furtive Google searches, I also missed out on the comprehensive dialogue that today’s young people can access. Which might not be so bad, if I’d had acce…

By: Anna Clark / January 27, 2010

10 Super Silly Sex Tips From Cosmo

I admire Cosmopolitan’s determination. I do. Each and every month they try and find brand-new ways to pleasure your man — and while they do manage to come up with some sexual innovations, most of them are nothing new. And those that are? Well, they’re typically spectacularly bad or bizarre. Remember when they suggested tying…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 4, 2010