With its extremely explicit and racy covers, Cosmo has managed to get itself into trouble yet again. Cosmopolitan Magazine circulates a least 3 million copies each month, which are estimated to reach almost 20 million women around the world. So what’s the big issue?
Dakota Fanning, a 17-year-old actress, graced the cover of Cosmo’s January 2012 issue. Next to Fanning’s photo was a teaser that read, “His Best Sex Ever.” This cover and many more like it have the public in a frenzy. How could Cosmo place an underage girl on its magazine cover with such explicit sex headlines alongside her photo?
“Cosmopolitan, of course, defended its decision to have Fanning as the magazine’s cover model,” blogger Krystal Weeks states. “Of course, their decision generated controversy, and there is no doubt that teenagers, who are fans of Fanning, are lining up to buy the issue and being exposed to Cosmopolitan’s agenda of promoting immodest behaviors and promiscuity.”
Some are already arguing that today’s generation of young women are growing up in a society that places little value on integrity, values, or self-respect. Cosmopolitan does not seem to be promoting any of these issues.
Rachel Friberg, a media expert interviewed by FOX, said, “Cosmopolitan is going overboard by putting an underage girl on its cover surrounded by such article titles. It is one thing to educate young women about sex and their bodies, but putting a young, underage girl on the cover of a magazine that had long been known to push the limits is sending the wrong message.”
Former fashion model and current blogger, Nicole Weider, had tons to say about the issue. Weider is of Christian faith and states that she believes in God, the devil, and the enemy.
Weider said, “This magazine has the devil written all over it because he wants to kill and destroy young girls’ hearts and minds and Cosmopolitan is just a vessel for that.”
Cosmopolitan is sexualizing young women in Hollywood.
As stated before by Friberg, there is nothing wrong with teaching young women about sex and their bodies, but when the teachings conflicts with decency, the intent becomes all wrong; also, it shows Cosmo’s lack of skill and technique.
Cosmo should be able to create acceptable covers and still possess the skill to draw in their targeted audience.