Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

10 November 2010

Review: Ms. Magazine Fall 2010

The Fall 2010 issue of Ms. Magazine is a great read and contains one controversial article. First the good stuff:
Overall I think this is an issue to pick up.

BUT...One piece made me sit up straight and let out a WTF!? There is a two page piece about women's studies programs online.

Disclaimer: Hopefully you have seen the link on the sidebar that says I write for the Ms. magazine blog and perhaps even found this blog after it being featured in Ms. magazine last year. I also received this copy of Ms. from Ms. for review. Back to controversy...

Online colleges and universities are for profit entities, even those attached to traditional colleges and universities. There's a lot of controversy around their tuition and other issues. Online women's studies programs buy advertising in Ms. magazine. As a young young feminist one of my favorite essays was Gloria Steinem's "Sex, Lies & Advertising." So it bothers me that Ms. ran this piece. Yes, it was informative, but that's not the point. One reason I turned to Ms. magazine as a young young feminist (I'm 35 and still young) was the idea of escaping pieces about advertisers.

I don't think this is as bad as say a piece about how my career will take off if I just lose 10 pounds next to a diet ad. But I have expectations for Ms. and this one article made me wince.

Should this keep you from heading out and grabbing a copy? No. In fact if you do or have, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the online college piece. Am I reacting because I have issues with online education? Perhaps. Would it be different if it was about the Leaping Bunny or Green Festival? I dunno. Seriously, what do you think?

    2 comments:

    I can totally understand your concern. But on the other hand, it's so hard to find good info on Women's Studies programs. I was a major back in college (quite a while ago, I graduated in '95) and have recently considered going back to grad school in Women's Studies... But I still can't find a whole lot on programs in general.

    Very true. Where else are we going to get info on the programs? I loved the Ms. guide to women's studies programs [http://msmagazine.com/womensstudies/index.asp]. But my concern is about the blurriness between an advertiser and content. On top of my previous concerns about for-profit education in the first place. Thanks for the comment!