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Men's magazines

  1. Yes.

    8 vote(s)
  2. No.

    5 vote(s)
  3. Maybe.

    2 vote(s)
  4. I'm a female, and I think you should have it.

    3 vote(s)
  5. I'm a female, and I don't think you need it.

    0 vote(s)
  6. Don't care/No idea.

    1 vote(s)
  1. Oct 6, 2003 #1
    Why is there gazzillion of straight/normal magazines for women, and not a single one for men ?

    For men, Either you have these really harry party magazines lotsa girls and party drinks and so on, mostly harry stuff. Or you got these 95% fashion magazines.... Or you got 99% computer. Or science de-ultra-mania.

    Do they only see us as we gotto be either computer nerds, fasion maniacs, or girl crazy party animals ? We can't be something near the middle? Only women can be ? B/S!

    I know I'm not the only one who have to look up in women magazines to see some newest, actually serious survey between men and women. What do you have in the men's appartment? FHM's oppinion ? Yeah right, what do they say?: ''Go get them tiger!'', or one sexy weird women who says ''I like a man with lotsa muscles!'' , oh thanks for that info FHM!

    Where's fickin' ONE single normal, cool and interesting general lifestyle magazine for us guys ?

    Let's say you put in this much of different issues(let's just call this example FM, 'For Men'):

    5% Starting article/(or) recent news comments.
    20% Entertainment (-reviews) (movies, books, games, social events or clubs)
    20% Men-women related stuff. (Relationships, sex, etc.) (from more men'ish point of veiw, of course)
    15% Clothers.
    10% Science (lighter'ish presented probably).
    10% Commercials.
    10% Interview(s).
    10& General, or all kinds of stuff.
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  3. Oct 6, 2003 #2
    What about men's health? Or sports illustrated?

    For what you're talking about, there's People, TIME, NEWSWEEK, etc.. They may not be called men's magazines, but a lot of the advertising is targeted at men.
  4. Oct 6, 2003 #3


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    Greetings !

    Women are intrested in finding out many things about
    many different subjects in magazines - a kind of
    their ussual gossip "extension". Men don't like wasting
    their time on reading about stuff they're not intrested
    in and when they read what's they're intrested in
    it's more specific stuff not a few things here and there.
    Thus men's magazines need to focus on one subject and
    offer as much info on it as possible so that a man
    would find some aspects he's intrested in and'll read about
    them. A general magazine will cover subjects superficially
    and contain many that men are just not intrested in -
    'cause we don't like wasting our time. Thus, such magazines
    simply won't sell - which is the reason for the present
    situation, not some dilibarate conspiracy or something.
    The simple old "follow the money". :wink:

    Live long and prosper.
  5. Oct 6, 2003 #4
    Be carefull with your generalizations drag.

    I don't believe at all that men only need magazines that almost fully on one subject. We like these tabloid newspapers too.

    Just because it's wide in knowledge, doesn't mean it's superficial.
    And we don't just read things because we want information, but also because it pleasures us.
    And women like to ''waste away'' their time on these broad things ?

    Sure, a many men couldn't care less about this sort of magazine. But I think theres actually a lot of people out there that would want a magazine like this. So, it's in my view that's this is not just a thing that's easily earned on, but also a thing that many men are looking after. But it's sadly very few things like this out there.
    I honestly think that this is of help for men, but also that it's a thing that really will sell very well when it's first out there. So much that, when it's first out there, it's going to be many of them, and they're gonna sell a lot.

    Time is okay, but it's a little too scientific and serious to be read casually and likingly.
    Men's health and sports illustrated is far too bodish, imo. And has some weird oppinions too.
    Think more Cosmopolitian'ish. But more man'ish of course. Thus, more entertainment and science.

    Admit it, women is scoring better than us in all school subjects. It's time we also learn to like better to read casually. Things doesn't have to be 95% serious or one-minded all the time.

    And we need men magazines that seriously go on relationsships seen a little more from men's side, we probably will recognize and like reading about things more that way too.
    But not as one-sided, and unserious imnsho, as many are now. Men aren't, and don't take, themself serious enough.
    It's in my vague impression that women is becoming better because of all the info and relationship info they read, they work well not only in marriage, but also between eachother.
    Men are afraid to read because they're afraid to become 'feminine', they much more become alone, often numbly so, but thus also less and less unintelligent.

    Who said relationship is feminine ?
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  6. Oct 6, 2003 #5


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    Greetings !
    I sure don't.
    Of course. Men don't want there to be difference between
    these two factors and thus ussualy there is none.
    If that is your opinion then why are you wasting time
    talking to me. :wink: Not to mention that if there are almost
    no such magazines after more than half a century of free
    western press, it's got'ta mean something more basic. :wink:

    Peace and long life.
  7. Oct 6, 2003 #6
    hehe, I get the impression you won't read such magazines, no :)
    Vote your oppinion. We'll see how the count will be :)

    Sure everyone want to read only essential stuff, with pleasure. But sadly we're far from perfect. Thus "follow the money". As you say ;)

    Oh, but there ARE already magazines now not so far from it. (Askmen, the internett site). Stuff, FHM, Maxim. But.... far from what Cosmopolitian is generally for women.
  8. Oct 6, 2003 #7
    the simplest answer is simply supply and demand. They wouldn't be profitable to produce. Not enough men would read them. It'd probably be best to just created a non-gender biased magazine with all that stuff, but more likely than not, more women than men'd read it anyways. Its like tv networks. For so long there was pleanty of networks for women, and only now is there one for men. Maybe it's just that guys'd rather read specialized magazines focussed on one topic than a generalized entertainment one. But either way, the demand for such a magazine just doesn't really exist, and so, there is no such supply.
  9. Oct 6, 2003 #8
    Personally I am glad there are few "men" magazines. Most "women" magazines make me sick with all the vanity, fakeness and repeated articles.
  10. Oct 6, 2003 #9
    I don't think 1 or 2 magazines of this kind would damage. matter of fact, I think it would sell a lot when first known.
    There's 10's of magazines for women like this, not a single one for men. I really don't believe the difference between men and women is this large.

    Or that men only want naked *****es, fast cars, sports, or lots of tech. If this is your conception of men, I think you're sadly wrong.


    I think maybe 25 or 30 per-cent is more in the right direction for the relationship and sex issues.

    The thing I mean is that, men also need this club where they can see things from their point of view in a serious but yet pleasurable tone. They really need it, besides wanting it, cause relationship has sort of like become bloddy serious for them, It needs to be fun.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2003
  11. Nov 9, 2004 #10
    Good One Sir! :)

    I just like what you've just said...

    I hope more people will start thinking same way. This is why we were born. To get educated about the good things in our lives. But, not to waste time on entertainment and love issues!

    Thanks a bunch!
  12. Nov 9, 2004 #11
    From what you said, i gues you DO read women magazines, Greg. Aren't you? :rofl:
    [you cannot come to this conclusion by revelation!]
    Well, still agreeing with you from what i heard! :biggrin:
  13. Nov 9, 2004 #12


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    You just described Maxim almost perfectly.
  14. Nov 9, 2004 #13
    How could i forget?
  15. Nov 10, 2004 #14
    My favorite magazine, by the way. I don't know if anybody mentioned Maxim or not, but that's one, too.
  16. Nov 10, 2004 #15

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    I'm female, but I think most of the magazines I prefer are probably considered "gender neutral" - I like Wired, Popular Science, Newsweek, and Reader's Digest (for airplane trips). Oh yeah, and I occasionally indulge in "Weekly World News" when I am insanely bored at the laundromat. :smile:

    One thing that I've always been curious about is that "men's magazines" and "women's magazines" seem to have one thing in common: both always have a gorgeous woman on the cover. I've always found it peculiar that you never see Brad Pitt or Keanu Reeves on the cover of Cosmo!
  17. Nov 10, 2004 #16


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    Your poll is poorly designed.

    If you asked me whether I'd read an FM magazine, my answer would be NO.

    Instead you're asking whether men need such a magazine. Now, I have to think about whether such a magazine will be, in general, a positive contribution toward the betterment of the male of our species. Not willing to pronounce judgement upon such a complex, multi-variable hypothetical, I answered MAYBE.

    Also, your options for women are very one-sided, and won't give many of them the opportunity to provide an honest opinion on the poll.

    FHM, GQ, Loaded, Men's Health (and probably many more) are general interest Men's Magazines.

    And in my opinion, tabloids are trash. Some of them are good when used as rags for cleaning up stuff.
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