Not sure if this is completely allowed and I may have told the tale elsewhere, but I think it fits here. Once upon a time the ONLY magazine I subscribed to was Redbook. LOVED it. There were interesting articles for single and married women, 2 to 3 excellent and beautifully written short stories by some of our best authors, now and then a whole novel, good recipes and some fun essays.
I began to notice a change about fifteen years ago. I have a vague memory of an article entitled "The Woman Next Door: Four Women JUST LIKE YOU who have AIDS." Now, I AM sorry that these ladies had the illness. However: a) I never worked as a prostitute b) Did not decide to cheat on my partner with bisexual men because he had cheated on me c) did not share used needles for my recreational heroin use (for that matter, I have never used heroin, period). The only woman I could relate to was the one who found out the hard way that her husband was on the down low. Just like me, my Aunt Frances!
The other issue that finally motivated me to drop my subscription (as if I needed any after the magazine dropped their fiction section) were the incredibly gushy articles that began to crop up fawning all over celebrity romances. One of the things I LIKED about the magazine was that they did a minimum of fussing over celebrities. Suddenly I am reading an article celebrating the love affair of two (I shall keep them nameless) people.
Why would this be frustrating? Well, at the risk of sounding and being judgmental, I was annoyed that a magazine that ran several articles a year about divorcing the dirty skunk who left you for another woman would find it inappropriate to celebrate a romance between two people who had left their respective long time partner and spouse for each other after spending two months on a movie set together. (What really chapped my hide was that the male half of the pair had been interviewed and feted just a few months before for his wonderful, strong marriage of twenty plus years.) Seriously? You fill my head with articles on keeping my marriage strong AND articles that tell me how to know if my husband is cheating AND articles on people apparently so shallow they need a new spouse/partner every six months. THAT's being a strong, independent woman?
I can haz a break now?