Washington Is (Still) the Key to Cosmo's Future Success

Recently appointed Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles is trying hard to turn her magazine into something women don't read just as a guilty pleasure. Coles hasn't kept her goals a secret, but it's her tactics that are worth paying attention to: instead of attempting to convince her fellow media-hounds that the magazine… » 10/09/13 1:50pm 10/09/13 1:50pm

Gwyneth Paltrow Tsk-Tsked for Shilling Kiddie Bikinis

The British anti-child abuse advocacy group Kidscape is pissed off that Gwyneth Paltrow hawks bikinis for four to eight year-olds in her latest GOOP newsletter. She captioned images of the swimwear, a collaboration with designer Melissa Odabash and exact replica of adult bikinis sold on the site, that it's "great for… » 4/23/13 9:00am 4/23/13 9:00am

How Well Does Sex and the Single Girl's Sex Advice Hold Up?

The late Helen Gurley Brown lived like Peggy, but she plotted like Joan. When she wrote Sex and the Single Girl, she was in her forties, and had been married for years. But that didn't stop her from crafting a book that helped rewrite the Old-Maid-at-Twenty-Three world of being a single lady in the 1960s. The book's… » 8/17/12 12:40pm 8/17/12 12:40pm

None of Us Would Be Here Right Now Without Helen Gurley Brown, Radical…

It didn't take long for some to start trashing the legacy of Helen Gurley Brown after the Cosmo editor died earlier this week at 90 years old. It doesn't even make sense that anyone would question her legitimacy as a pioneer of the women's movement or even her credibility as a self-proclaimed feminist. Let's face it,… » 8/15/12 6:00pm 8/15/12 6:00pm

"The Sexual Revolution Was Central To Women's Liberation"

Part 2 of VH1's documentary mini-series Sex: The Revolution aired last night, and a portion of it focused on the sexual revolution's influence on feminism in the 1970s and vice versa. The doc combines archival footage of interviews, TV shows, and protest rallies and new interviews with heavyweights like Gloria… » 5/15/08 7:00pm 5/15/08 7:00pm

"You Are My Favorite Halloween Witch": Kooky 'Cosmo' Editor Helen…

Looking back at old issues of Cosmopolitan, we've come to the realization that former Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown was not only obsessed with calorie-restriction and randomly-exposed breasts, but that she was just plain crazy (in a charming way, that is). Take her editor's letters: The name-dropping! The strange… » 9/26/07 11:00am 9/26/07 11:00am

30 Years of 'Cosmo' Ads: Scents, Spirits, Cigarettes & Sex

Yesterday, we kicked off our first Ladymag Lookback with a look at the differences in cover models and cover lines from three decades of Cosmopolitan: October '77, '87, '97, and '07. Today we're doing a mini-analysis of the advertising contained within each issue. Here's the narrative rundown: In addition to lots of… » 9/18/07 3:30pm 9/18/07 3:30pm