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GREAT MAGAZINE! What I really liked about this magazine is it's analysis of issues that effect women, as well as the fact that it's content is not vacant advertising but articles about current events and how they specifically effect women. Very enlightening-I wish more women knew of this magazine....more info
Amazon Magazine Prices I have noticed that Amazon.com charges more for magazines than if bought directly from the publisher. Amazon outrageously priced Ms. nearly DOUBLE what it costs if bought directly from msmagazine.com. Go directly to Ms. for a $25 yearly subscription. ...more info
Goes Beyond Lipstick and Shoes I don't know about you but I was getting pretty tired of seeing the "French Girls Don't Get Fat" just about everywhere. Talk about a good marketing campaign. Finally, someone is debunking the claims. Writer Anne Korkeakivi seems to be sick of it too. In her article, Ce N'est Pas Vrai! French Women DO get fat, and DO watch their weight for the Summer 2005 issue of Ms. Magazine she a French study that they are catching up and "They diet too." And lots of other juicy facts you probably haven't heard about lately.
The sad thing about this little bit of news is that a lot of women won't see it. Most will see the ads and keep hearing about how other women are skinnier than them.
Another great article was by Catherine Orenstein, The Dialectic of Fat. While the first page or so will probably cause an uproar for those opposed to Kirstie Alley's latest antics, the following pages offer some notable insights about Camryn Manheim, Susie Orbach, Deborah Voigt and Pavarotti. One particularly scary bit of info she sites is a 90's study by Harvard Medical School regarding the effect of television on Fiji girls when it was first introduced.
No, Ms. hasn't become a fat mag but let's face it, while women don't have a monopoly on fat, it is a women's issue. There is an abundance of other women's issues in this mag but you won't find fluffy ads or articles on how to wear makeup or dress to attract the opposite sex. While this is an opinion mag, you don't have to bend to every view but it helps to stretch a bit. Ms. is concerned with women's issues and women's rights. I highly recommend picking up this issue and subscribing to support this thirty+ year old mag. Written by M. E. Wood....more info
Definitely worth it Ms. is the most important women's magazine out there because it's about women as a whole, and not just diets and makeup and how to please a man. It's national and global news and spreads awareness without ever talking down to the reader. You may not always agree with it (I take particular offense at a 1993 cover story perpetuating the ritual abuse scare ... and the fact that it seemed like every woman who wrote in had been a victim of ritual abuse, a statistical impossibility) but Ms. encourages dialogue and feedback. I find it unfortunate that a reviewer of this magazine had a bad experience with the editor-in-chief and I hope she wrote back and demanded an apology for being rudely dismissed. You'll want to hold onto your issues long after you've thrown away those issues of "Jane." It's that worth it....more info
Save your money I used to subscribe to Ms. but an inaugural editorial by Elaine Lafferty forced my cancellation.
Despite the genre's start-up of 'Rock for Choice' and consistent anti-racism/GLBT rights support, she somehow managed to list 'grunge' as an anti-feminist artifact the magazine survived. Ms. Lafferty is actually thankful Ms. has outlived a feminism which is important to the political consciousness of myself and many other gen-xers.
Instead of conceding her mistake, this same editor snappily responded to my letter with a sarcastic one. Age discrimination is this person's idea of progressive organizing. She does not care to realize that no feminist lives forever, and this magazine will fold if my generation and others are not taken seriously. Even agreeing on most other issues, we have little reason to continue subsidizing a project mocking our own generational identity.
Since Ms. is supposed to be a feminist magazine, I no longer need to subscribe. I am saddened by the lack of alternatives available in the 2004 media, but reason at least they will not insult my generation while then insisting they need our money to fight discrimination.
Ms. can fight discrimination only if it dumps Lafferty. Until then it is obsolete....more info
This bellwether of the women's movement is long overdue for an overhaul! Since its inception in 1972, MS. MAGAZINE has functioned as *the* news organ of the feminist movement. MS.'s current tagline - "More than a magazine - a movement" - reflects the magazine's contributions and significance to feminist thought and action. Its features include national and global news, public policy analyses, one-on-one interviews with feminist activists, and pop culture critiques. Whether you're a recent transplant to the Women's Studies set, or a seasoned vet, MS. is an interesting and informative addition to your magazine rack.
Even so, MS. is not without its faults. I've been an off-and-on reader (finances permitting) since my senior year of high school. In the past decade, MS. has evolved little. Back in '97, when I was still puttering along on dial-up, I read the local newspaper daily; now, I take my news online, thank you, and throw in a variety of left-leaning blogs for good measure. Published quarterly, MS. simply can't compete with the speed and ease of the internets. Much of the news that they report on, for example, is months old by the time the magazine hits the stands. The in-depth analysis is still insightful, however, it's not always as timely as it could be. Additionally, the work of some progressive feminist bloggers (such as Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon, Jessica Valenti of Feministing, and Jill Filipovic of Feministe) rivals that found within the pages of MS. (and...it's available for free!). It would be awesome if MS. upped their publication schedule to once-a-month (as they did prior to 1988), and solicited the occasional feminist bloggers for guest spots. I don't expect MS. to go the way of its sex-positive younger sisters, BUST and BITCH (the latter which I highly recommend, especially for younger feminists), but a mini-makeover is in order.
I'm still an avid MS. reader, though, so I guess a slightly antiquated `80s version of MS. is better than no MS. at all!
Feminists Rule but Ms. needs an overhaul. Ms. was great when I was trying to find my feminist self. But now everytime I open it I feel like I am reading the same articles over and over again. Most of the writers seem to be older feminists nastolgic for the 60's. Not much in it to draw the younger third wave crowd. It is great that it is still around, but it needs to be brought into the new millenium. I gave it 3 stars because it has survived so long without selling out and sometimes it can still get me fired up about gender inequality. If you are new to feminism it is still worth a read....more info
We need more magazines like this There is certainly not a lack of interest on such important issues such as those mentioned in Ms. magazine because these issues affect all women all over the world. Whether it is on women's right for abortion, sex discrimination, exploitation of women and children, family and health acts or historical events on the women's movement (which I believe should really be corrected to mean a movement for all humanity because IT IS), Ms. magazine delivers the information that so many young women are lacking today in their social surroundings no matter if they be the suburbs or the slums.
I thank my literature professors who have taught me the wonderful female figures in literature that have proved women have power and deserve everyone's respect.
Imagine my utter shock when I came to a bookstore of considerable commercial success only to find Ms. magazine nowhere near the Women's Interest International section (which was instead completely packed with fashion and wieght loss magazines, I mean honestly, to give women this type of monotonous literary diet and then wonder why some of them are a bit flaky...) but rather in the Gay and Lesbian section. There is nothing wrong with this section, but I had no idea that one's sexual orientation had to fit this category for the bookstore to assume one had an interest in women's issues outside of makeup and shoes.
Practically livid to the point that I was shuddering a bit, I even moved a couple of the Ms.'s over to the women's interest section.
The store rep said that usually people who read Ms. tend to go towards the "ethnic and culture" section ( a section that Ms. was supposed to be in, but hmm...appeared to have been smack dab in the middle of gay and lesbian instead). I promptly told him, hey I"M A WOMAN, I HAVE INTERESTS OTHER THAN CLOTHES AND WHEN I CAME TO FIND MS. MAGAZINE I WENT TOWARDS WHAT I THOUGHT WOULD (SHOULD) BE THE APPROPRIATE SECTION--Women's Interest!
The next time you guys come into a store, show your support for Ms. mag. Look to see if the store even carries it and if they don't ask them why not and that you would love to see it on their shelves. If they do carry it, note where it is in relations to the Women's section, applaud them for their "astounding" assumption that Ms. should be relegated to a corner if that happens to be the case and tell the manager that you'd like to see if reach the bigger market of WOMEN IN GENERAL!!!! ...more info
Every woman (and man) needs to read this magazine! Ms. magazine has been one of my favorites for years. Its not very easy to find. but many libraries have a subscription to it. As you can see, its quite expensive for a yearly subscription, but it is well worth it! Ms. is a magazine written from a feminist point of view. People like Gloria Steinhem are frequent contributors. There is no random male-bashing that goes on between these covers, however; everything written is well thought out and backed up with factual information. Along with articles about various womens' issues, sexism in the United States, etc., there is usually an article in each issue about what is going on for women and other minority groups in the rest of the world, especially third-world countries. This magazine is a definite great buy for anyone who has an interest in womens' rights; stories are often written from a fresh point-of-view you can't find anywhere else. I also like to curl up with one of my old issues whenever I need to get MAD about something; there is always a special focus on the underdog and her plight....more info
The Gold Standard for Feminist Reading If you are a feminist, you will find yourself reading it from cover to cover, skipping nothing. There was a while when we "lost" this magazine (the era of the Cher covers), but it got its soul back and is well worth getting re-acquainted (if you're an oldtimer, like me) or acquainted (if you're a newbie)....more info
Moving on Up As a long time reader of this magazine I've noticed that, with the purchase of Ms. Magazine by the Feminist Majority, it's on the rise again! You get everything from current events to To-Do lists to book reviews. It is a must read for every feminist out there! Don't trust me? Read it for yourself....more info
Well worth your reading Ms Magazine reminds us in every issue that it's has matured from being a "feminist" magazine - I'm not sure what they even means now - into a magazine that deals with core issues in our society of equity and civil rights. It has a different role from when it first came out in the 1970's, when women were looking for a mainstream voice for their concerns. Now it speaks to us all. I'm a 60 something male living in upstate New York. I never read it back in the 70's; now I read it regularly along with The New Yorker....more info
Needs a little updating The very first issue of this magazine I read was their tenth anniversary issue from 1982, an issue my mother put away in my bottom drawer so I could read it when I was old enough. Looking back at that issue, which in turn looks back at older issues, and then looking at the issues since, it's dizzying to realise how far women have come in such a short period of time, and yet how far we still have to go before achieving full equality, rights, and representation. It's also downright scary to read some of these articles and updates about situations around the world and even in the United States itself; in many ways women in the U.S., as far as we still have to go, are far more fortunate than our sisters in places like Africa, Asia, the Mideast, and smaller towns in America. At the same time, such articles are not without hope, as they bring us the stories of women who are actively involved in making a difference in these other nations and smaller, more restricted, regions of America. I'm also glad that they no longer have ads in the magazine, and that they continue to run the "No Comment" segment on the back page, showcasing particularly shocking examples of sexist and misogynistic advertisements.
However, as other readers have noticed, this magazine can be too scholarly for some readers. While it's great to read these thoughtful in-depth articles about womens' struggles in other places around the world, sometimes you just want a change of pace and want something that's a little more lightweight, not so intensive in scope. People need to see that feminists aren't always so serious! I also agree that the magazine still has some way to go to reaching out to women of my generation and the younger generation (the tail end of Generation X and the older members of Generation Y), making these issues relevant to the third wave so that they won't dismiss the movement out of hand as being out of touch and outdated. Still, this is a great magazine, and I prefer it any day over something like Cosmo or YM....more info