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The last few days, having been sick, I've looked the few magazines that have been hiding in my magazine basket. You know—ladies' magazines, the ones with recipes and cleaning tips and stuff like that.
Last year I got a $5 subscription to a magazine that I thought looked harmless—I'm careful about that after having had to cancel a (free) subscription a few years back that was too edgy for me.
The design of this new magazine is beautiful, and each issue has a few good ideas, but more than 90% of it is stuff I don't care about. There are the ads, of course, but there are also pages and pages and pages of product recommendations. Buy this! It costs a lot, but it's worth it! Look at this great coat, a steal at $400! How about this $2300 rug for the family room—in silk! Your kid can be as cute as our models if you spend $250 per outfit too! And don't forget the $90 magic cream that will solve all your skin problems.
I never realized until the past few years how full of unofficial advertising magazines are. Why do we need all this stuff? No wonder every other month the feature article is all about decluttering and simplifying.
No one is going to write a magazine article about my family, or come photograph our house. Our carpet is stained, my baby girl wears her big brother's hand-me-downs, and I don't wear makeup. I don't throw away all my spices every six months and buy new ones. My garage isn't painted yellow and organized with pegboards. Not that there's anything wrong with people who have clean carpet, fashionably dressed children, wear makeup, or are organized. It's just not me.
You can call me lazy, cheap, simple, boring. It just seems to me that nothing I do has much in common with what I see in ladies' magazines. I'm not a super-busy working mom, I don't spend all day driving my kids to soccer, and I don't care about the latest beach reads.
So this is where I list the magazines I actually read and enjoy:
I do realize, however, that I'm not the norm. I'd love to hear what others have to say on the subject. What magazines do you read? What do you think about ladies' magazines these days?