Last week, Port, a magazine published in Britain, kicked up some controversy by putting six white male editors on the cover for its “golden age of print” story. Generally, people were upset because there are — shockingly enough — a lot of editors who aren’t white dudes.
The New Republic explored Port’s cover by trying to pinpoint why women’s magazines aren’t taken seriously, and it’s well worth your time. But what we wanted to highlight was the statement made by Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor, about the mantastic Port cover. Coles said that the whole thing seemed to be little more than some good old fashioned ass kissing:
When British editors or writers do stories like this they are punting for a job in New York. The fact the Port editor didn’t put James Bennet on there from TheAtlantic makes me think he definitely wants to work in New York and not D.C.
That’s good stuff.
Update (2:18 pm):
Uh, Cosmo’s Twitter isn’t helping women’s magazines’ case:
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) June 17, 2013