We love to complain that the greatest crime perpetuated by women's magazine editors that they publish the old same crap under different covers month after month, year after year. Well, yesterday, we were directed to a website, Faking Good Breeding, on which a Smith College coed posted an excerpt from "What Every Woman Knows By Now", an Atlantic article about this most favorite of our irritations. The piece — written by British novelist/critic Marghanita Laski (no, not like the drink, or the Italian fashion heiress) — is better than anything we could ever dream up: In less than a thousand words, Laski (seen above left in 1934) hilariously and accurately calls bullshit on the stuff that modern women's periodicals are made of, and proves that nothing ever changes when it comes to shilling "femininity" on the newsstand and trafficking in man-anxiety. Her amazing ladymag manifesto-of-sorts — did we mention it was written in 1950? — after the jump.
Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.