An international magazine for women, focusing on sex, relationships, health, careers, self-improvement, women's issues, celebrities, fashion and beauty. It was first published in 1886 in the United States as a family magazine and evolved from that; when Helen Gurley Brown become its chief editor in 1965, she remodeled it into what it is today.
Its related blogs are generally anonymous and rather individualistic, focusing on first-hand experiences of all of the topics listed above so Cosmo has a bit of notoriety around the Web, due to inaccurate speculations about the male psyche and the dreaded Double Standard of the bloggers at times. That's not to say that all of the blogs are like that; some (like the one with S and D) can be rather enjoyable to read, due to the writers' witty humor and avoidance of any Double Standard.
At the same time, don't take it too seriously.
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Tropes present in the current magazine
- All Women Are Lustful: Just try finding an issue that doesn't mention sex somewhere on the front cover.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The magazine's origin in a previous century addressing the social preoccupations of that century's women.
- One-Word Title: "Cosmopolitan" is just one word and is its title.
- Spear Counterpart: Just as Cosmopolitan is aimed at women, there are magazines that can be considered its mirror image aimed at men, such as Loaded.