Cosmopolitan Set to Cover Political Issues
4:19 pm, June 20th | by Grace Rasmus
Although Cosmopolitan is probably best known for its provocative headlines and questionable sex tips, Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles told Brian Williams last month that she wants her magazine to cover a wide variety of topics.
“Every month I want Cosmo to feel like this intoxicating cocktail—career, fashion, beauty, sex, love, family, friends—all the drama that is a modern woman’s life,” she says.
It looks like Coles is planning to add another spritz to the cocktail’s mix: politics.
As Politico reports, Coles made the following announcement Tuesday night at a dinner in her honor:
I really want Cosmo as a magazine to be more involved in political issues. We’re the biggest read magazine — literally — in the world and I think it’s very important that we stay on top of political issues that impact young women: Health care, gun violence, the wage gap, how do we close it. These are all issues that I’m personally passionate about.
Though it would be strange to see headlines like “Seeking Peace in Syria” right under “YOUR BEST ORGASM EVER,” we love thought-provoking journalism in all its forms, especially when it involves women’s issues.
It’s interesting that this news arrives shortly after the controversy over whether women’s magazines produce “serious journalism.” As the highest-selling women’s magazine since 1972 with a circulation of 3 million U.S. readers and 64 international editions, a more political Cosmo could have an incredible impact.