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the end…or is it?

By • Apr 18th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

to view the whole thesis. please click here. Thanks for your support! allssoooo…to support women’s alternative media, such as Lips: expressions of female sexuality (a william and mary publication) please check out this website:

Section Three…

By • Mar 27th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I just finished the draft of the last section of my thesis. EXCITING! Here is a sampling from the sub-section that focuses on examples of sexualization in Indian Cosmo. Sexual Liberation and Sexualization in Indian Cosmopolitan It is important for both women and men to understand women’s magazines within the framework of systemic gender and […]

section 3

By • Mar 19th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Section Three. Indian Cosmopolitan: Sexualization, Mass Consumption and the Impact of Discourse on Indian Health and Development Messages about “modern” Indian woman (also “modern” Indian bf/husband/man) Indian Economy (recent appearance of cosmo) Globalization (in relation to Cosmo, specific example = cosmo, gendered process) INDIAN MIDDLE CLASS SEXUALITY (shilpa phadke) Indian Feminism Relationships with Men (traditional […]

samplin’ up some critiques of cosmo

By • Feb 16th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

here’s a sampling from my intro that i think sums up my progress well…i have the introduction and section one drafts finished and gave a, and i quote, “fierce” honors colloquium. They wish to convert the whole world into a vast market for their goods. That they cannot do so is true, but the blame […]

India, don’t do it

By • Jan 20th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Al-Qaeda wants South Asia war =
i hope India can resist fighting violence with violence.

coming together. and shorter :)

By • Jan 17th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

so, here’s what i am thinking these days: my thesis is an investigative report of sorts that uses a combination of history and observation of modern media practices to advance the speed at which developing nations can resist corporate interference and violence. i argue that helen gurley brown’s reinvention of Cosmopolitan magazine in 1965 was […]

first full day of research @ smith

By • Jan 12th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

ah smith. what a nice atmosphere. every half hour some young student walks up to the research desk and asks for information on some empowering topic. birth control, women’s friendships, maternal rights…all very good. while these students work on their winter break projects, i am surrounded by boxes of helen gurley brown’s letters and achievements. […]

in MA. headed to Smith.

By • Jan 10th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! i will be going to Smith college tomorrow to reesearch. as of now my honors thesis is on the recent history of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s International Office, with a special focus on Indian Cosmopolitan. In order to complete my research, I needed to visit the international office in New York as well as travel to […]

OUTLINE, a first attempt

By • Nov 2nd, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This is a VERY VERY ROUGH outline of my work. Please post any comments/concerns/general reactions you may have. ———————————————————————————– 1) Introduction: Positionality, Methods, Women and Globalization, Women’s Magazines in the Global Market, Cosmopolitan 2) Cosmopolitan Intro (1965-1972): The early years, Hearst, Helen Gurley Brown, Consumerism and Women, The Cosmo Girl in the 70s (the image […]


By • Nov 2nd, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone. I will post again soon. But i just wanted to let you all know that I am very excited about my honors project these days. I have been working with the business school, the international Cosmo office (or, trying hard to work with them), the Indian Cosmo Editors (I am currently trying to […]