We've all watched Dakota Fanning grow up, and though she won't be 18 until next month the folks at Cosmo simply couldn't wait to put her on the cover of the magazine with the line, "His Best Sex Ever" near her head. Fanning's appearance on the cover isn't really all that scandalous. She's a freshman at NYU, and Miley Cyrus was considered an appropriate choice for the cover of women's magazines when she was just 16. However, New York Magazine notes that the cover story "Welcome to Your Cosmo Years, Dakota" creepily lists ways to tell she's quite the adult, and the caption on a photo of Dakota in bunny ears reads, "Two years ago this would have been cute. Now it's hot." Ironically, you aren't really a woman until editors decide it's okay to portray you in a sexy, infantilizing manner.
When I was younger, I thought Cosmo was a grown-up women's mag. Now I'm kind of shocked to find that their target market seems to be like, 18-22 year olds. I'm not shocked that people that age would want to read about sex; I don't care if they do. I'm just shocked that the magazine that once represented WOMANHOOD to me, now seems so juvenile.