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Four Minutes Of My Life I Can Never Get Back

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:43 pm

[guest post by Dana]

For a reason which can only be attributed to some bizarre shift in the universe, I followed this tweet and lost 4 minutes of my life.

Cosmopolitan Magazine writer Jill Filipovic seriously wonders why serious female writers who write for Cosmo and other women’s mags, aren’t taken seriously!

Oh, The Unfairness of it All:

[W]hen I tell “serious men” that I’m a political reporter for, their facial expressions soften into a sort of visual head-pat. When I quickly — often too quickly, a symptom of my own soft prejudice and lingering anxiety about what name-dropping a women’s magazine says about my intelligence and my skills as a journalist — add that before this I was a columnist at The Guardian and a contributor to publications like Al Jazeera America and The Nation, the light flickers back behind their eyes, along with the question: Why are you writing there?

Seriously, Jill, you really can’t figure out why people might not take anything in Cosmo seriously?


Personally, I’m so exhausted by their covers alone and finding out there are yet 50 or 60 or 70 more things to learn to drive him wild, that there simply isn’t the energy or will left to actually open up the magazine and read it.

(You’re welcome, you guys.)


34 Responses to “Four Minutes Of My Life I Can Never Get Back”

  1. If you want to be taken seriously be a serious person. It’s so easy.

    Glenn (647d76)

  2. i liked cameron diaz in that movie with the jaguars

    she’s stupid though

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  3. also someone at cosmo should’ve told her hey lady your boob is hanging out

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  4. oh and while we’re talking about dippy broads here’s this

    If the state continues on this path, there may have to be thoughts about moving people out, said Lynn Wilson, academic chair at Kaplan University and who serves on the climate change delegation in the United Nations.

    “Civilizations in the past have had to migrate out of areas of drought,” Wilson said. “We may have to migrate people out of California.”

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  5. Cosmo is where I always turn first for hard hitting political journalism!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  6. Just imagine the opposite sex version of each headline and you see how silly they are.

    Sabo (f655ef)

  7. Cosmo might not rank highly, but surely it ranks higher than the rest of her resume. It’s like a clean sweep of left-wing dingbat journalism.

    Craig Mc (299f38)

  8. Given her resume’ Cosmo is likely the most prestigious place she has worked. It is certainly the least offensive. If I met someone who worked for The Guardian at a party I would turn my back on them and shun them. It would certainly be a sure sign I need a better circle of friends.

    Thatch (8ace20)

  9. “Just imagine the opposite sex version of each headline and you see how silly they are.”

    Sabo – I’m a sucker for good articles on manscaping, but that’s just me.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  10. she really does have nice eyes for a stupid person

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  11. add that before this I was a columnist at The Guardian and a contributor to publications like Al Jazeera America and The Nation, the light flickers back behind their eyes, along with the question: Why are you writing there?

    When I read this, having breezed over the name of the complaining journalist, I thought it was at least a finance or policy writer who had found a home doing a token “serious” article for Cosmo every month.

    Then I saw that it was Jill Filipovic. She’s an abortion writer. I don’t mean that she’s an abortion policy, law, ethics, philosophy, or science writer: she’s an abortion writer. As but one example, she wrote a blog post claiming that there is no way to outlaw abortion without performing spot checks on women’s tampons to determine if unimplanted zygotes died. Despite the fact that she’s a lawyer, she did not comprehend that society can ban certain willful acts and then wait for evidence that those willful acts have occurred, before seeking evidence of a commission of a crime.

    I cannot fathom why anyone would take her seriously as a writer. Cosmo is completely beside the point.

    bridget (37b281)

  12. no the remarks referred therein, are minutes you can’t get back

    all these magazines, use left wing reporters, remember the wretched hagiography of Gosnell’s gal, to stir the fuddle, to action,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  13. bridget,

    You’re absolutely right about Filipovic and her abortion writing. Her response to Palin’s comments on Emily Letts (posted about here) is telling.

    Anyway, while Cosmo may seem beside the point, it is within the pages of this popular crude and bizarre (mis)characterization of women that Filipovic is provided with the fertile ground to lecture the unwashed masses about respect, worth and equality. And to take it a step further, when one is familiar with her abortion writings in the mag, one realizes it is she who most ironically, devalues women more than most.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  14. Dana – Unlike you, I do not think Jill would make me a sammich and fetch me a beverage. :)

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  15. Let me tell you, daley, the *only* reason I am barefoot is because it’s the dead of summer and about a bazillion degrees, otherwise, you’d find yourself on the receiving end of a well-appointed, yet stylish, heel!

    Dana (4dbf62)

  16. She does seem to have a thing about the Huntress, doesn’t she, I imagine she’s a big fan of Red Squaw, Elizabeth Warren, and had Wendy Davis, on her BFF list,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  17. the truth is beside the point, consider the properly named jezebel.

    narciso (ee1f88)

  18. Ms. DIAZ: We have a voice now, and we’re not using it, and women have so much to lose. I mean, we could lose the right to our bodies. We could lo– if you think that rape should be legal, then don’t vote. But if you think that you have a right to your body, and you have a right to say what happens to you and fight off that danger of losing that, then you should vote, and those are the…

    WINFREY: It’s your voice.

    Ms. DIAZ: It’s your voice. It’s your voice, that’s your right.

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  19. for the record i did vote in that one

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  20. but damn she dumb

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  21. …add that before this I was a columnist at The Guardian and a contributor to publications like Al Jazeera America and The Nation, the light flickers back…

    This is too weird. She adds this thinking it helps.

    “Oh, they’re not taking e seriously because I write for Cosmo. Let me throw in I used to write for The Guardian and Al Jazeera.”

    And in their world,it does!

    Steve57 (0ff9ec)

  22. Maybe you’re not taking e seriously because I write for Cosmo. Let me add I also was the national security reporter for National Lampoon and The Onion.

    Steve57 (0ff9ec)

  23. what dimbulb hoochie jill doesn’t understand is if you’re paying the rent writing for any book whatsoever, american or otherwise

    you really don’t get to whine about respect

    you got more respect than most already, and likely more than you deserve

    given that you’re working in a rapidly dying industry

    that is rapidly dying

    like honeybees

    and things in california what require water

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  24. you called me what

    you heard me

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  25. left-wing dingbat journalism.

    Three way redundancy for 25 extra points!


    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  26. Cosmo used to be worse, if you can imagine. I do the shopping for the household and always have, so I see a lot of magazines in the checkout lane. There was a time, years back, when 9 Cosmo cover girls out of a year wold look like they had just gotten hit in the back of the head with a 2 by 4. They all had a slack faced, stunned expression. I could have understood that in a “Men’s” magazine, but in a magazine nominally for women, it was more than a little creepy. They aren’t like that now.

    Can’t say that I would go there for insightful reporting, though.

    C. S. P. Schofield (e8b801)

  27. With a resume like that it won’t be long until she works for the gubmint.

    mg (31009b)

  28. Cosmo at $3.99 or a seedless watermelon (ripe and bigger than a basketball) for $4 bucks ???

    Decisions are so difficult, I just can’t make-up my mind.

    ropelight (36b164)

  29. Dana, I hear you. What I was trying to get at is that Jill Filipovic is not even Judith Jarvis Thompson; she’s not forging new philosophical, ethical, etc., ground in the abortion debate. A very effective summary of her writing is “Pro-choice = good; pro-life = bad, backwards, etc.”

    She’s a lawyer who cannot even bother herself to learn about how pro-life laws were implemented prior to Roe or how they work in countries like Ireland or Malta. As a pro-life woman, I love that she’s the standard-bearer for the pro-choice side: she’s easy to rebut. But in terms of “serious journalism,” she’s a hack.

    bridget (37b281)

  30. Do any serious people read Cosmo? She should think about her audience.

    rochf (f3fbb0)

  31. MJ Kay ‏@MJXsky

    @AmandaMarcotte @JillFilipovic Perhaps people judge magazines by their cover.

    MJXsky (adcb77)

  32. The Guardian? Al Jazeera America and The Nation? I don’t think it’s the Cosmo gig that pegs the unserious meter.

    Funeral Guy (afbf7b)

  33. i think she’s thinking wistfully of the respect Rolling Stone writers get, while touching herself

    but that would mean she didn’t get the memo that Rolling Stone‘s respectability utterly imploded when they published their Boston terrorist Tiger Beat cover

    So what are we left with? Jill needs to read the memos. It’s just that simple.

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  34. More, more, more, Cameron, and much less Jill….Pleeze!

    askeptic (efcf22)

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