FC: Created by: Natasha Inions, Trisha Giesbrecht, Marci Anderson, and Amber Graham
1: Cosmo girl: This American magazine is based in New York city. It is a spin off of the Cosmopolitan magazine.Its targeted audience is teenage girls although a younger audience accesses this magazine frequently.
2: Accessibility: Up to December 2008, readers could purchase this magazine in local drugstores and grocer stores worldwide. These issues reached eight million readers and had ten published issues per year. Cosmo girl folded after the December 2008 issue. Currently, subscribers receive Seventeen magazine. | Cosmo girl can be still be accessed online through their website at www.cosmogirl.com. This website is currently up to date and offers daily horoscope readings, beauty and fashion tips, life advice, dating tips, and entertainement facts. Also, fun contests and free give aways are included.
3: Values and Attitudes: As readers flip through the Cosmo pages, images of stereotypical beauty are prominent. The images cater to "perfect" body types which leaves regular girls with negative self images. The socially constructed standards portray unrealistic and unatainable body images. The photo shoot images display a body image that is out of reach for most of the impressionable, young readers. These images represent vanity, superficial qualities, and leave girls feeling like beauty is THE MOST important aspect of a person's being.
5: Magazine Culture The culture of the magazine offers age appropriate language, for example: "This dress was fun- the pink is so princessy. And I would totally rock these cuffs in real life. They're very '80s glam rock." The humor is created by reader submissions. These voluntary submission are usually of embarassing moments. These stories create a "funny" idea of real life situations and allow other teenagers to relate to each other.
6: Advertisements | These adds strongly influence teenagers accross the globe to purchase merchandise that it is flaunted in magazines. | Clothing, accessories, shoes, make-up, miscelaneous beauty products, online teen intertests, and dating services... | Advertisements are prominent throughout the pages of these magazines . They highlite materialistic values of our society. These adds includes:
7: The advertisements idealize materialistic components. Although some items are buget friendly (ten to twenty dollars), these adds are trying to sell an image to teens that are trying to fit in.The models are mainly caucasian females and portray the stereotypical "American Beauty" which does not encourage diversity or individualism.
8: Respected Media This magazine offers valid and legitimate advice that informs teenagers on current issues and sexuality. This magazine, which is also an online ressource, provides adolescents with the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice about topic that they may not feel comfortable discussing in person. | This media does not promote defiance of authority. The editors of the magazine have created a source that allows readers to express themsleves openly in regards to hot topics and current issues that affect teenagers around the world.