World O'Crap Book Club: When Women's Magazines Attack
Today's selection comes recommended by TownHall, The Wall Street Journal, and Dr. Laura, and we saw the author plugging the book on "The O'Reilly Factor" last week (and she's going to be on "Fox and Friends" this week). So, based on that alone, we can encourage you not to read it.
But let's look at it anyway:
Spin Sisters : How the Women of the Media Sell Unhappiness --- and Liberalism --- to the Women of Americaby Myrna Blyth (Author)
Okay, if you've ever read a woman's magazine, you probably figured out that it was trying to sell you something: $35 tubes of lipstick, a new wardrobe every season, and Chanel No. 5. And you might have felt that it was trying to make you feel inadequate and in need of improving your toenails, your home decor, and your entire personality. But I bet you didn't know that everything from Cosmo's "Ten Hooker Secrets to Make Him Fall in Love With You (Or Pay You $50 For Sex)" to Good Housekeeping's "Vacumn Cleaners That Make Housework Fun, Fun, Fun!" are all part of a liberal plot to make you want a bigger goverment. Well, they are.
Remember Hollywood Interrupted, the celebrity tell-all which told us all something we already knew (that celebrities are poor role models), and then somehow made that an indictment of liberals? Well, Spin Sistersapparently tells us something we already knew (that women's magazines try to make readers insecure, so they'll feel a need to buy the products advertised within), and blames THAT on liberals. But somehow, this time it's all about Ann Coulter.
From the NY Times review:
Newsweek also quoted editors who felt that Blyth trying to create a new role for herself as an old Michelle Malkin or a female Bill O'Reilly. Or a female Ann Coulter, for that matter:
But now let's hear from Human Events Online:
Yup, because Elle didn't find any students who said that Ann's reasoned arguments, impecable research, and gracious manner persuaded many young liberals of the wisdom of the conservative cause, it means that women's magazines are liberal propaganda machines.
Let's hear from Human Events Online how the magazines are trying to scare women into becoming liberal:
So, the magazines are trying to turn women into scaredy-cat liberals so they'll want big government to save them from big business and celery. Why are the magazines doing it? Presumably because liberals have more money and can buy more consumer goods. Or maybe they're getting funding from the DNC -- I guess we have to read the book to find out for sure.
Or maybe Myrna just knew that nobody would buy her book unless she came up with an angle, and the "evil liberals are trying to make you care about immoral celebrities and cellulite" one seems to have gotten her some attention so far. (It's also worked for Hollywood Interrupted, which is #15 on the NY Times Best Seller list, per NewsMax and Glenn Reynolds).
Now, here's Liz Smith:
Well, it's apparently a way to sell books these days if your book can't stand on its own merits. Here's Human Events Online again:
Yup. If people criticize Myrna's book, it must all be true! So, go out and buy a copy today! If you don't, you'll be out of style, unpopular, and have ring around the collar.
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