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How has the representation of women on the front covers of women's magazines changed over time?

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How has the representation of women on the front covers of women's magazines changed over time? The main purpose of women's magazines is to advise and entertain. The representation of women on the front covers of these magazines has changed over time due to the time set and circumstances during this time. Magazine covers from 1920-1930 portray women as sensible, posh and generally quite boring compared to today's standards. This is partly due to the era, where social class would be considered more important than looks, men and glamour. On the front of one magazine is a woman wearing posh clothes playing golf. This would essentially be a man's game, so it is unusual for a woman to be playing it. ...read more.


Magazines from 1950-1960 show a different approach. In this era, there was a general change in the way women are represented due to the end of the second world war. Women were shown to be more autonomous as they had important jobs during this period. This is reflected in the magazines, where women are noticed for their work. Magazines show the importance of family, which would be considered significant after the war. There are some magazines that show glamorous women on the front, a step forward from the 1920s, but not as glamorous as magazines today. The women on the front are sometimes in work uniform, but they are still jobs that were only suitable for women at that time, such as nurses and cleaners. ...read more.


By looking at magazines and how the representations of women has changed over time it has become obvious that women have become more independent and self reliant. However, there are similarities, as all the models featured on the front would be people who women aspire to, depending on the era. In the 1920s, it would not have been acceptable to have a model wearing revealing outfits and showing off their assets, so careers and social class are exposed, which is what women would aspire to in this era. The magazines also represent women as being superior, which does not seem to have changed over time. This is connected with the genre of the magazine, as women's magazines have to make women overstated to make the readers feel more confident about themselves and to attract them to this type of magazine. ...read more.

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