My word, really?

The closure of Teen Vogue’s print publication was met with widespread outrage, after we had watched the magazine mature into a politically engaged tome for pubescent readers who cared about fashion, but also wanted to ensure that the climate crisis hadn’t scorched the world in which it could exist.

You mean pubescents would prefer to be pubescent?

The sad thing is that the current purge is happening at a time when women’s magazines are less sexist and more progressive than they ever have been.

So what is it the audience actually wants then?

25 thoughts on “My word, really?”

  1. There’s definitely a large social media effect, from the likes of Instagram and Pinterest, but they didn’t do themselves any favours.

    Everyone knows this woke stuff doesn’t work. Magazines tested things like putting fatties on the cover, and they sold less.

  2. Although they were a space for women in the media, they were often a toxic one: the circling of celebrity cellulite, the reinforcement of white beauty standards

    Can’t imagine why nobody thought to run 8 MUST-HAVE LIP-PLATES FOR THE SASSY SERENGETI BOSS BABE tho.

    The closure of Teen Vogue’s print publication was met with widespread outrage, after we had watched the magazine mature into a politically engaged tome for pubescent readers who cared about fashion, but also wanted to ensure that the climate crisis hadn’t scorched the world in which it could exist.

    Pretty astonishing how THY FLESH CONSUMED IN HELL ON EARTH (PLUS WHICH NAILPOLISH MATCHES YOUR HOROSCOPE) didn’t sell.

    Could it be that the alcoholic thirtysomething catladies at Teen Vogue were… out of touch?

    No, it’s the kids who are wrong.

  3. You mean the “How to be a woke feminist while still complying with the outdated set of cultural and beauty values we formally despise but still peddle at you” approach didn’t work?

    Who’da thunk it….

  4. “Although they were a space for women in the media, they were often a toxic one: the circling of celebrity cellulite, the reinforcement of white beauty standards, the endless sex tips focused on every orgasm but your own, only further entrenched misogyny.”
    How many men does she think read Women’s magazines? So how did they entrench misogyny?
    Secondly, the slump in sales resulting in cessation of printing seems to be focused on those magazines that have “become more progressive” – admittedly “Woman” and “Woman’s Own” have also declined but by far less than the “woke” ones (she quotes “Now” as having lost more than twice the proportion of readers, despite the grim reaper choosing more readers of “Woman” than of “Now”).
    Interesting that the few online magazines to fold include the one where Ms Adegoke was a senior writer – one wonders why! Could it be that she and her fellow-travellers were writing boring and inaccurate propaganda instead of articles intended to interest the reader?

  5. It’s an interesting and useful example of the extent to which publications don’t actually have quite as much influence over the paying public as some people seem to think, and publications who produce stuff the paying public aren’t interested in or entertained/informed by will fold.

    Look at the travails of the Grauniad which has been in the brink of failure for years and is sustained only by public sector job adverts. Cunts.

    The BBC will go the same way once the charter is removed. Bring it fucking on.

    And the Mail or the Telegraph are responding to their readership rather than vice versa.

    The Times, aimed as it is squarely at the remainer establishment has a different set of values from the staunchly brexiteer Sun which is aimed at white van man despite having the same owner.

    In fact it’s pretty obvious that all these lamentations of the baleful influence of the eeeevil right wing press are a heap of fookin’ shite.

    As Tim has been saying for years.

  6. @ Bernie G
    Like Humpty Dumpty, all Guardian writers make words mean exactly what they want them to mean, neither more nor less. The Oxford English Dictionary is an outdated patriarchal construct.
    In my youth we laughed at how the Guardian mis-spelled words – now we shudder at how they misuse them

  7. Are the Mail and Telegraph responding to their readership?

    I can’t imagine their current trajectories under either of milords Dacre and Black (pbuh).

  8. Mr Lud–Dacre has been a year or more replaced by remainiac cunt Geordie Greig (sic–can’t be arsed looking the scumbag up). The DM switched from Brexit to supporting Treason May’s sellout.

  9. I would have thought that, in the internet age, a printed newspaper or magazine would have to be highly exceptional to succeed. I’m a sixty something old git and I never buy newspapers and very rarely buy magazines. The notion that modern teenagers would seems totally bizarre.

  10. Jack the dog,

    Notable exception is the New York Times, which manages to push its naive readers ever further leftward.

  11. Bloke in North Dorset

    So, promoting both sodomy and lesbianism doesn’t appeal to the majority of teenage girls? Weird eh?

    To the extent that I’ve been aware of it you can add articles on how to give blow jobs.

    This is about the print edition so we should be asking which self-respecting parents would buy, or allow their daughters to buy, it?

    And then we need to ask which teens would be happy buying it and leaving it around for their parents to find?

    Far easier to read it online, far way from parents. I’ll bet the online version also attracts more than its fair share of teenage boys with articles like those above.

  12. ‘I would have thought that, in the internet age, a printed newspaper or magazine would have to be highly exceptional to succeed.’

    I have no internet access in my water closet.

  13. “Look at the travails of the Grauniad which has been in the brink of failure for years and is sustained only by public sector job adverts.”

    Alas although the Grauniad is failing, it is nowhere near *failing*.

    It might have a pitifully poor circulation, and make losses, but it is sustained by the Scott Trust, which still has vast amounts of capital to keep it going. Actually it’s the Scott Trust Limited now…

  14. “I’ll bet the online version also attracts more than its fair share of teenage boys with articles like those above.”

    My money is on the teenage boys going straight for pornhub rather than trying to raise a gallop from this shite.

  15. Publication with content its readers aren’t interested in loses readers, news at 10.
    In the 1980s I regularly bought a computing magazine that had loads of techy programming and hardware articles. After issue 12-ish they relaunched focussing almost exclusively on games. I stopped buying. What on earth did they expect? If I wanted a games magazine I’d’ve already’ve been buying a games magazine.

  16. Jack the dog said:
    “Look at the travails of the Grauniad which has been in the brink of failure for years and is sustained only by public sector job adverts.”

    What happened to the Conservatives’ (TM) promise of stopping paying for public sector job adverts and just putting them all on a government website?

  17. As for Teen Vogue, one would hope that, having seen the failure that they caused, none of the people involved in the decision to have it “mature into a politically engaged tome” would get another media job before they realised their error and repented. But I should think they will be moving on to the next patriarchy-built cash-cow to suck dry.

  18. @jgh September 14, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    +1

    I used to subscribe to PC Pro, then (after Dennis died?) it was revamped/relaunched – became dumbed down consumer crap: sub cancelled.

    To make it worse, website renamed as Alphr

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    @RichardT September 14, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Central Gov’t ads seem to be stopped, but rest of public sector, BBC, Quangos, Charities etc still at it.
    https://jobs.theguardian.com/

    Want to be a teacher and find a job? You must buy the Guardian.

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