Monday, May 12, 2008

Men Talking Back

These comments from the Men's Health article "8 Things She Hates About You" I mentioned in a previous post are spot on (thanks Jeff):

I hope the author's boyfriend reads this: LEAVE THIS WOMAN RIGHT NOW! If this is the kind of girl he's been dating, the boyfriend in the article needs to take a long, deep look in the mirror, and asks himself how to be not such a loser.....Gee, Men's Health as name of magazine is pure irony.

Shorter Lisa Jones: It *IS* all about me.

GEEZ! I cannot believe this is Men's Health! It actually reminds me of Cosmo Magazine. A TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT. Strategy does not equal love, it is just not worthy. Why not learn how to avoid being an outdated pain in the nuts princess from high school and start contributing to have a good relationship. *HINT* Communication. If we need to get words out with a spoon for two hours, you are the one who is wrong.

#1: LeMystic hit the nail on the head: Men's Health IS Cosmo for men. (As is "Best Life" and others. Then, there's stuff like "GQ" for metrosexuals who want to be *even more* insecure.) That's why, when I need to feel insecure about my salary or hair or abs or resting heart rate, I read it. Oh, wait -I DON'T need that - So I rarely do.

Plus, if I wanted to be nagged, I'd just go home and misbehave.

#2: That's funny. I don't wait for the third or fourth hour of silent abuse. I leave the house, go somewhere else, after an hour or two. By the time I come back, she's had a chance to get over whatever irrational snit she's in and she's usually glad to see me. (At that point, if what was bothering her really matters, we discuss it like, you know, grownups.)

It is funny that all the articles in Mens Health always and yes I mean always point out the short comings of a male, ie "What you are doing wrong" not what the two of you could do to improve your relationship. I used to read Mens Health for the honest "helpfull" articles you had, now you are like Cosmo for men!!!! Guess that is why I started reading "STUFF magazine" at least they don't make you feel or believe that you are crap just because you don't do something to please a female. HMMMMMM could the editor of Men's Health be female?????

The more magazines like this that get blowback from male readers, the better. Better yet, drop your subscription if you have one and tell them why.



Blogger LZ said...

Many of these men's magazines are edited by women. They either tend towards a cartoonish expression of manhood (Maxim) or they completely fail to consider their market and end up with Cosmo under a different cover.

12:41 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger Mad William Flint said...

IS there even a good one?

Someone gifted me a sub to "Men's Journal" and it just never makes it up the stairs to my apartment.

One month there was a cover article on "reinventing yourself" and I though "hmm... ok, give it a read." I opened the thing and was blasted in the face with synthetic fragrances, so it landed in the circular file immediately.

2:39 PM, May 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I can't think of a single magazine I read on a regular basis anymore.

6:13 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger Revenant said...

IS there even a good one?

Playboy is pretty good.

6:24 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger Larry J said...

Given my passion for flying, magazines like "Kitplanes" and "AOPA Flyer" are very good "men's" magazines. Of course, there are women pilots who read these magazines, too although I'd bet the readership is probably at least 75% male.

IMO, if you need a "men's" magazine to feel like a man, then you probably aren't much of one.

6:57 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger TJIC said...

The "men's magazines" I subscribe to:

* Fine Woodworking
* Fine Homebuilding
* Home Shop Machinist
* Machinist's Workshop

7:39 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger BobH said...

Magazines I subscribe to: Car and Driver, Science News, American Handgunner, Handloader, Popular Science

Other magazines that I buy at least twice/year: Sports Illustrated, Guns and Ammo, Shooting Times

(Are you seeing a pattern here?)

None of these are "men's magazines" although the Dillon ads in American Handgunner are pretty sexist. It's just that most of the readers are male

Magazines that I've given up on: Scientific American (gotten too much into advocacy), U.S. News & World Report (especially after their recent, highly biased article about how colleges are giving preference to male applicants)

8:09 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger Brother J said...

Flying Magazine
AOPA Pilot
Fine Woodworking

That's my list.

8:51 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger Joe said...

Playboy has become boring, excessively Bush hating and their model selection has really gone downhill. In between truly gorgeous women with the "girl next door" look are artificial stripper types that have a sickeningly similar ugly look (look no further than Hef's girlfriends to understand that one.)

9:16 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger Joe said...

PS. Fake breasts aside, Playboy still does a better job than average in picking pretty faces (and I'm a sucker for pretty faces. And breasts.) Your average Playboy model is magnitudes prettier than anyone on the most beautiful lists of various magazines.

9:18 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger mmaier2112 said...

Yeah, Men's Health went downhill probably about 12 years. I had a subscription for a few years and then noticed it started sucking and it wasn't anything I could put my finger on at first. But I realized it was becoming a "wussy mag". Too damn PC. Or maybe it always was and it just took a while to sink into my thick skull.

Ummmm... it's "Men's Health"... why suck up to female readers?

That's why Maxim was such a hit when it hit the stands. It wasn't JUST Playboy without nudity. It had an editorial note about itself. It didn't take itself seriously and reading it felt like hanging with your buddies.

Men's Health used to be like that. It stopped. So I stopped reading and buying.

10:44 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger Simon Kenton said...

The biggest financial decision you will ever make is your choice of spouse. Choose right, you get a partner in a kind of small business that will eventually get big, someone bright and frugal who complements your strengths and obviates your weaknesses, helping to bring the family to comfort and then to wealth. Choose wrong, and you get one of those treadmill spouses who will spend 5 - 10% more than you (or the two of you) make every year, keeping you on the brink of financial catastrophe decade after decade, and finally bringing you to a resentful and penurious age, surrounded by plastic dreck that's a glut on the garage-sale market. You have one guess: who do we have here?

"And if we are sharing a bank account, here's something you should know: Reminding us when we're in the throes of post-retail bliss that we just blew all our disposable income for the month is not going to endear you to us."

11:46 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger irvingprime said...

It's not just Men's Health or even men's magazines. Ever notice how the covers of fantasy books look almost the same as the covers of romance novels now?

A huge segment of publishing has been taken over by women. PC women who look down on men.

Have they started complaining yet that men just won't read, no matter how much excellent work like Men's Health is put out for them?

10:21 PM, May 13, 2008  
Blogger BarryD said...

"It's not just Men's Health..."

I dunno. Haven't seen any articles about makeovers in Gun Tests lately.

1:01 PM, May 14, 2008  
Blogger Sloan said...

For a political magazine, National Review definitely has a manly feel to it. There are often articles dealing with subjects like the demasculinization of men and other topics that are dealt with here on Dr. Helen's blog.

3:21 PM, May 14, 2008  
Blogger George M. Spencer said...

Someone's reading Men's Health because it "sells" 1.8MM copies a month. Probably read primarily by young, single urban men, many of whom are gay.

The days of "I Battled Nazi Pygmies" and "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" are long gone.

8:02 PM, May 15, 2008  
Blogger Unknown said...

Things I hate about women:

#1 Making lists.

3:52 AM, May 17, 2008  
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