Ms. Is Still Giving It To Us

Ms. magazine is living proof that feminist magazines still have a job to do and a place on the market.  The Summer 2008 issue was just a taste of how great Ms. was and how great it can still be.  The magazine is a little small in size but it is still offering readers the content that can be hard to come by in other more popular publications.

Ms. magazine, launched nearly 37 years ago as an insert in New York Magazine, is one of America’s first feminist magazines. Co-founders Gloria Steinem and Letty Cottin Pogrebin wanted Ms. to address the feminist movement that few acknowledged. Ms. was the answer to all the women’s magazines that only focused on fashion, advice on marriage and babies, and cosmetics. 

What had been a monthly in the ’70s to the late ’80s struggled through tight economic times and ownership changes. Now, current owner the Feminist Majority Foundation manages only to publish Ms. a few times a year, and at a relatively steep $5.95 newsstands price for an 80-page issue. 

The slim magazine still packs a punch. Ms.’s Summer 2008 issue offers several facts and statistics on women’s issues. I would have never known about the rising percentage of women being thrown out of the military under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy had it not been for this edition of Ms. It was also great to see a small piece in the front of the book about the Girl Scouts. Ms. offers a spotlight on ads that are still objectifying and over sexualizing women to sell products, from travel to beer, at the back of the book.

            The issue’s five features weren’t long, but they were jam-packed with information.  The longest article was only 4 pages. I particularly appreciated the story about the “D.C. Madam,” a woman who after being convicted of several crimes related to prostitution hanged herself. Her “tricks,” big names in the government such as Republican Sen. David Vitter and Harlan K. Ullman, a retired U.S. Navy commander, walked away free. 

            Ms. still has a function in today’s society. This magazine brings much needed attention to women’s issues across the country that rarely get covered in local or national news or big name women’s magazines.

-Cindia Gonzalez


0 Responses to “Ms. Is Still Giving It To Us”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: