“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 at Fashionista. Railing against the use of “va-jay-jay” from “Grey’s Anatomy” to “Oprah,” she now has a “desperate plea” for a “moratorium” on the word. “When I hear people say it out loud I am a little embarrassed,” Chernikoff wrote. “What’s wrong with saying ‘vagina’?” For what it’s worth, Khloe Kardashian, of all people, agrees with her. Keep reading »
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 experience with shaped bushes and the reactions they’ve received! Keep reading »
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 bikini line on a daily basis with some foam and a Schick. But on those occasions when I want something flirty down below — like the “Love Triangle,” “Sweetheart,” “This Way For Fun” arrow, and “Landing Strip” — I’d rather fork over $40 for Helga to do it right. Somehow the five step process required for giving myself “some down-there flair” seems dangerous, messy, and, well, cheap?
That said, these stencils will come in handy the next time I babysit a 5-year-old and we’re working on a craft project.
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…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 NOW!”
- “25 Reasons He Should Care About Pleasing YOU” (Now THAT would be cuh-razy for Cosmo!)
- Oh whatever. It’s totally just another one of their usual stories repackaged so it’s slightly different from last month.
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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 access to any other trustworthy way to learn about sexuality. Keep reading »
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 back your hair with your thong before giving him a blowie? Or when they tried to make grape handjobs happen?
In the February issue, Cosmo has 99 quick and easy ways to spice up things in the sack and, I admit, a few impressed me. Like #54: “During missionary sex, place your feet on his chest with your legs crossed to create an extra snug grip.” I am going to try this and will report back. But, as usual, many of the tips were just plain WTF. After the jump, 10 sex tips from Cosmo that are so silly, I suggest you ignore them.
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Maybe starring on such a fashion-drenched TV show has rendered Penn Badgley qualified to dispense fashion advice, because he told Cosmo what he looks for when it comes to women’s style:
“A sweater-dress really can be the sexiest thing. As a man, I just like the simpler things … A plunging V-neck looks like she pulled it off the floor of a man’s bedroom. There’s something so sensual about it.”
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Thanks to BuzzFeed for reminding me of something totally ridiculous that I noticed in the most recent issue of Cosmopolitan. We’ve already warned you about five sexual tips courtesy of the lady rag that you should absolutely not follow, but, oh, there are so many more. Take the “fun little trick guys love” suggested in the article above. “Use your thong as a hair tie!” Um, what? Why? When? Do not understand! But maybe dudes DO like this weird little move? I asked some guys for their gut response to this suggestion. Their responses, after the jump … Keep reading »
Lipstick and leopard print aren’t feminists’ usual weapons of choice, but the founding editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan always thought differently.
As the original “fun, fearless female,” Helen Gurley Brown lived a topsy-turvy life as a pioneer for women in media—and in the bedroom. A recent biography of Brown, Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, by Jennifer Scanlon, argued that Brown is reason that the unmarried, financially stable single woman as we know her exists!
And now Lorraine Candy, former editor of British Cosmo has weighed in to dish about her career alongside don’t-tell-me-what-to-do firebrand. Keep reading »
Not sure if you want to spend $3.99 on this month’s Vogue? Don’t worry, we’ve got Leonora Epstein, Frisky contributor and former lady mag slave, here to tell you exactly what’s up on sex, love, and relationships front in each month’s crop of lady mags.
Even though editors finished their July issues months ago, this month feels like the lady mags are already enjoying their Summer Fridays by stickin’ with the usual tricks. This month features recession fashion (again) and a few celebs you haven’t thought about too much in the past year. Still, July and August are the months magazines were made for, so would you really want anything too serious?
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