Green Fairy brilliantly articulates my gut reaction Effulgence
The revamped newlook Observer, not content with having a Magazine called "Music Monthly" which covers a tiny, overtly commercial part of the music world, now has a Women's Magazine, which they lack the courage to call 'Monthly' - unlike their Sport and Food advertising features, and to quote GF
Mentions of politics, of any description: 0. Mention of the arts: 0. Mentions of business, money or jobs: 0. Mentions of science or technology, 0. Difference from any number of glossy women's magazines available that peddle emancipation and freedom because they can say 'blow job' while fetishing a level of forever unattainable perfect living that maybe, just maybe, next month's edition will have the secret to cracking: 0.
On holiday, sitting in a beach shack, I fell to reading the latest edition of Marie Claire, which has started a campaign against body-fascism, especially the pressure women feel under from advertising etc to maintain a so-called desirable figure, at the expense of actually living a rich and fulfilling life. I was not sure whether it constituted merely the end of irony or the most cynical piece of hypocrisy ever published in the name of profit-making.