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Recent online article from Cosmo

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ginnyp

It was 10 things to not do or to do in the New Year. And #10 said it's okay to have LOTS of notches on your bedpost as long as you're being safe. I wish they would mention that you CAN'T be 100% safe. It's nice that they're telling women that it's okay to hook up with anyone as long as you're using condoms. But if you're going to PUSH lots of sex with different people then you should at least give all the facts. Whatever. I hate Cosmo's sex articles. They're always the same thing every month anyway.

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anna99

I totally agree Ginny...i boycotted cosmo after reading their article on "gray rape." WTF?

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curecomingverysoon

I'm done with Cosmo, it makes me cringe now.

I will revisit that position however if they ever write an article about why herpes isn't so bad and doesn't deserve its current stigma, along with helpful stats talking about how insanely common it is and 90% of people are oblivious.

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NeedToKnow

Being safe isn't just using condoms. It can be talking about STD's with a partner first or getting tested first among other things.

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ginnyp

True that condoms isn't the only way to be safe, but if you're going to have LOTS of notches, you're not going to get tested with each and every casual partner - there's no way. Cosmo pushes the casual sex thing and when they say be safe, you know they mean cover up. Because you're not having a one night stand and getting tested first. And usually you're not talking about it either. I just think it's pretty crappy for a magazine that is so widely read to be so "expert" on sex but to not give out all the info people need. People don't realize how many people have diseases and don't know it, so they think they're being safe by saying, you don't have anything, right? They did a very small article once on stds and a girl that got herpes from her bf was the focus, and how she had a baby later on and a happy life. But there was really no education there at all, no stats, nothing about blood tests, or what the actual symptoms can be BESIDES huge blisters that most of us don't seem to really get. Usually their articles are how women can make their men ecstatic - try this with your next fling! Ugh.

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gotitsowhat

Old chick's point of view about Cosmo

Back in the day, when I was a young woman, Cosmopolitan, believe it or not, was a fairly sophisticated, intelligent magazine that included a lot of excellent literature, stories by great short story writers, that kind of thing. It was considered a sort of lightweight intellectual magazine. Then Helen Gurley Brown took over as editor at a time when the magazine's circulation was low, back in the 60s, and transformed it into a single women magazine. Even then, it was kind of intelligent, has some excellent articles by excellent writers although the fiction was gradually phased out. It did reflect Brown's "the most important thing in life for a woman is to be sexually pleasing to men" philosophy but it did include a range of articles about many interesting subjects. After Brown retired, in the last decade or so, it has become a magazine that seems bent on explaining to young women how to become unpaid prostitutes. It is shallow and, I think, an embarrassment to women. The articles are simplistic and all based on various sexual ploys designed to give men pleasure which presumably will also give the woman pleasure of some kind as well. My own take on it is that if you really want to devote your life to sexual gratification of men with little else, why not charge a few bucks and at least have an income from it?

I do mourn the passing of the old time literate Cosmopolitan Magazine that no one today has ever heard of or could even imagine. People used to read back then and sex was only one possible subject it covered.

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