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Women's magazines distribution falling - Marie-Claire

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VictoriaSpongeAndTea Tue 10-Sep-19 16:50:20

I used to buy lots of magazines, particularly Marie-Claire and Grazia. I've stopped buying any that focus on transwomen rather than women as they just weren't relevant, or in Grazia's just insulting with article by the person who felt women were doing feminism wrong (name escapes me at the moment)

So I have slightly mixed feelings about Marie Claire stopping UK print magazine after November www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49651603 In the past they covered stories impacting women that no one else did and covered some real ground breaking stories but they went down the poor oppressed tw route without doing proper journalism so I'd long since stopped buying even the occasional copy.
They are continuing digital subscription so maybe it's just general market trends.

EndoplasmicReticulum Tue 10-Sep-19 17:53:26

Do many people buy print copy magazines any more? I wasn't ever really the target market but I think online editions / just generally reading the internet would cover a lot of the information that women's magazines used to.

chipsandpeas Tue 10-Sep-19 17:56:43

I think it’s a sign of the times, digital editions are being bought more as they are easier to manage
Think the last time I bought a magazine it was for the free gift may have been marie claire

LordProfFekkoThePenguinPhD Tue 10-Sep-19 17:58:36

Print (magazine) journalism has been on its last legs for about 15 years now. That when we really stated to see magazines and weekly newspapers take the hit.

AfterSchoolWorry Tue 10-Sep-19 18:00:55

Ah I used to read that.

Haven't bought a magazine in years though.

2Rebecca Tue 10-Sep-19 18:07:47

They are all just glorified cosmetics adverts. Any magazines i buy are now hobby related. I read enough women's stuff on mumsnet/ twitter/ spinsterxyz etc.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Tue 10-Sep-19 18:16:17

I stopped buying such magazines when I stepped back a bit and realised they always made me feel shit.
Marie Claire always looked the most appealing but made me feel worst. Cosmo, Company and New Woman were less bad for the Feeling Shit effect.
Now with the added bonus of their reminding me that I don't woman as well as a man I tend not to touch women's magazines with a ten foot bargepole.

BarbaraStrozzi Tue 10-Sep-19 18:16:40

I made a conscious decision back in my twenties (decades ago now) to stop reading women's mags because they seemed designed to make women feel bad about themselves. Did wonders for my self esteem. Haven't looked back.

So I can't say I'm shedding many tears. (And most of the campaigning stuff is also covered by broadsheet newspapers).

BarbaraStrozzi Tue 10-Sep-19 18:17:25

Cross posted with Countess

Haworthia Tue 10-Sep-19 18:19:14

Grazia's just insulting with article by the person who felt women were doing feminism wrong (name escapes me at the moment)

Sounds like a journo who maybe also used to write for The Pool. I used to hate their hectoring opinion pieces grin

You know, I’m surprised none of the major women’s mags have gone online-only sooner. Seems they’ve held it together a bit longer than several newspapers.

Ereshkigal Tue 10-Sep-19 18:19:28

I^n the past they covered stories impacting women that no one else did and covered some real ground breaking stories^

They really did some great woman centred reportage. It was my favourite magazine in my teens and early 20s. Sad.

MrGsFancyNewVagina Tue 10-Sep-19 18:20:21

I loved Marie Claire and have read it for years, because I really enjoyed the excellent stories about amazing women. Once they decided to centre a man over the many amazing women out there, they lost my custom. I read enough misogynistic crap and I would like to read ONE female magazine that doesn’t encourage the eraser of women, so well done Marie Claire. You helped in your own eraser.

Shenanagins Tue 10-Sep-19 18:23:15

I used to buy both Marie Claire and Grazia religiously, both covering articles of oppression around the world.

However, some time ago MC started to focus on shopping to the detriment of its articles so I stopped buying. Grazia was stopped due to lack of time but one ill still grab on occasion.

I think that good print magazines can fill a market but as long as they have intelligent articles to sustain them.

ItsGoingTibiaK Tue 10-Sep-19 18:25:00

It’s all print magazines. Here’s the trend across all titles.

TemporaryPermanent Tue 10-Sep-19 18:35:31

I loved magazines so much as a girl - they were my only sex education. But 10 months working in the industry killed my love for them and I wont shed a tear for any of the women's magazines. Manwhohasitall on Twitter nails it.

MorrisZapp Tue 10-Sep-19 18:40:05

Used to love Marie Claire. Man of the month, who remembers? They had loads of proper articles but when I picked one up recently it was just full of empty headed shite about clothes, sex etc.

I was thinking of my teenage years, magazines were the only place you could learn about makeup and clothes. Now you'd never take advice from anyone with advertising to sell.

When magazines hype a product now, they know not one of their readers is going to buy it without googling for independent reviews.

MargueritaBlue Tue 10-Sep-19 18:45:28

I didn't ever buy women's magazines. I read my mother's Cosmopolitan until I left home at 18. I bought music magazines, both at school and university, and , slightly oddly, Punch . I still occasionally buy Mojo, Uncut or Q. I didn't feel traditional women's magazines had much to say to me.

I did go through a period about 10 years ago of buying In Style - entirely for clothes. The articles were always rubbish but I got bored as its focus was "what's new this season!!!" which isn't what interests me.

I wonder how long printed magazines and newspapers will last? I used to buy The Guardian every day and we used to buy The Scotsman and The Herald. My husband (goodness only knows why) still buys The Guardian. I have a Times subscription.

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Tue 10-Sep-19 18:48:47

You'll want to add Vogue and Glamour to the list.

I only read knitting and history/genealogy digital magazines now.

AudacityOfHope Tue 10-Sep-19 18:49:07

I haven't bought a women's magazine in years, because they only exist to make us buy or covet things we can't afford. Am I fuck paying a fiver for someone to make me feel like I'm not thin/beautiful/perfect enough.

Switched to The New Statesman and The New Yorker. Much happier.

Floisme Tue 10-Sep-19 20:47:55

I still like a fashion magazine but I realise I’m a dying breed. I’ve no objection to transwomen writing about fashion and I’m happy to talk clothes with them. I only object when transwomen try and appropriate women’s experiences e.g. when Paris Lees muscled in on the women’s suffrage celebration in Vogue and I’ve not bought a copy since

Goosefoot Tue 10-Sep-19 21:30:47

I think it's part of the larger publishing issue.

I did buy fashion mags sometimes when I was younger, I was interested in the clothes. What turned me off in the end was that vapidity in so much of the fashion industry, the constant trends and fads and lack of reflection, and the sense that they only existed to sell product. One year they would say, isn't X fresh and new, and the next season x was beyond the pale, no one would wear that. Not so much on good design.

I will say I bought one for my teen daughter last year, because I wanted to give her some proof that leggings and crop tops were not the only way to be fashionable, she didn't seem to believe me.

VictoriaSpongeAndTea Tue 10-Sep-19 22:53:01

Munroe Bergdoft that's the person who pissed me off royally writing about how women weren't doing feminism correctly in Grazia. I had to google in the end the name just wasn't coming to me blush

Agree journalism generally is dying and women's magazines in their present form are no great loss. Looking forward to the demise of the grotesque tabloid magazines.

HelenaDove Wed 11-Sep-19 02:23:12

Im a Red reader Have been for 11 years, When i was Marie Claires age demographic i preferred New Woman. in the late 90s early 2000s. It was Eve once i felt too old for NW Where NW went wrong was becoming a monthly celebrity rag,

Eve had some great writers. I remember an article about coercive control before it was even widely acknowledged that it existed. I wish they would put some of these older articles online.

Gingerkittykat Wed 11-Sep-19 03:04:22

I used to like Marie Claire when I was younger.

Now I don't buy mags since I'm not spending £4 for glossy adverts with a couple of articles thrown in.

Elllicam Wed 11-Sep-19 03:13:03

No wonder, I used to read Marie Claire in the dentist’s waiting room and it was about 4 stories and a ton of adverts. I wouldn’t pay that amount of money to read 4 stories.

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