1:26 am - 04/07/2012

Selena's Cosmo cover causing an outrage?!

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(CNN) – Cosmpolitan Magazine is catching some heat for its latest cover. Critics say the Cosmo is trying to exploit young readers with material that’s too mature for them.

Selena Gomez’s fans love her. The Disney Channel “Wizards of Waverly Place” turned Gomez into a teen sensation, and a regular on kid fan magazines.

HLN’s Showbiz Tonight can tell you Selena’s latest magazine cover is parking big outrage.

This is her on Cosmopolitan Magazine, but the controversy is not about the photo. It’s about the copy surrounding Selena.

Check this out: “50 Sex Tips: Readers Share the Naughtiest Moves They Discovered All on Their Own.”

Former model Nicole Weider is blasting Cosmo, accusing editors of deliberately putting Gomez and other young stars on the cover to attract younger readers.

Weider says by doing that, they are exposing underage girls to graphic content. “Fifty sex tips, naughty sex tips, 75 sex moves, bad girl sex. That’s what they highlight. And that’s what the basis and core of the magazine is all about,” she says.

Cosmo’s February cover pictured Dakota Fanning, who hadn’t turned 18 yet, next to this headline: “Too Naughty to Say Here, but You Have to Try this Sex Trick.”

“They’re sexualizing young girls and they’re daring them to try all these freaky sex acts,” says Weider.

Weider’s launched an online petition at, demanding that the magazine shield covers in dark plastic, similar to what’s done with adult magazines like Hustler.

Weider adds, “If you put a protective coating on it that means that young little five year old Jada can’t flip through the magazine. It really would help if this was sold only to adults.”

However, one expert on women’s issues thinks Weider’s anti-Cosmo campaign goes way too far.

“I don’t think learning about sex is going to immediately lead to irresponsible activity among young girls. Cosmo is hardly the most shocking or fearful place to learn about sex.”

Piper Weiss, senior features editor at Yahoo! Shine, the women’s lifestyle portal, tells Showbiz Tonight younger audiences can find useful information in Cosmopolitan.

“It’s more about a place where girls go to find out about things they’re embarrassed to ask in sex ed class. It’s the place you go when you don’t want to talk to your parents about something,” says Weiss.

However, Weider says Cosmo goes well beyond mere sex education.

“In this magazine it gives hard core explicit sex tips on how to give a proper (beeped) job or do this sex position “reverse cowgirl. It’s pushing sex in a very graphic manner,” says Weider.

As for Cosmo, the magazine is defending its content and its decision to put young stars on the cover.

It tells Showbiz Tonight in a statement, “The mature successful young women Cosmopolitan features on its cover embody the fun and fearless spirit of the magazine and reflect the empowering information inside about relationships, career, health, and beauty.

Weider says she’s not buying it and hopes to convince federal regulators to take action against the magazine.

lol idk I'm bored.

briknowsbest 7th-Apr-2012 02:59 am (UTC)
TL;DR/W but Jimmy's ice cream!
charmingmistake 7th-Apr-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
They are going to shit bricks when they see Spring Breakers.

I have many, many, many issues with these teen magazines aimed towards teenagers constantly advertising sex and such though which they seem to do on every issue. I'm not against sex, but they present it in such a negative, male-dominated way. :|
littlemix 7th-Apr-2012 03:19 am (UTC)
i wouldn't consider cosmo a "teen" magazine though.
mamoran 7th-Apr-2012 03:22 am (UTC)
ia Cosmo's primary target demographic has always been women in their twenties. 17, Tigerbeat, Bop, J-14, etc. those are teen magazines.
charmingmistake 7th-Apr-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
...oops lol. I haven't bought a magazine that wasn't video game related in years so my bad!
flawlessa 7th-Apr-2012 03:01 am (UTC)
2000 and late? wasn't this from like February?
mamoran 7th-Apr-2012 03:20 am (UTC)
It was the March issue, so it probably came out around Feb. 22.
calmyoselfs 7th-Apr-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
this doesn't make sense.
selena grew up, she's 19 almost 20. out of disney. period and her outfits aren't even that big of a deal.
yes i understand she has younger fans, but she ain't gonna hold herself back because of them forever and if they parents aren't ok with it. too bad
between_lights 7th-Apr-2012 03:19 am (UTC)
gurl you didn't even read the article lmao
calmyoselfs 7th-Apr-2012 05:00 am (UTC)
i get this isn't about selena...but young girls in general.. i'm just saying in this case, she's 19... i don't see the problem with what's surrounding her.. she's 19.nothing wrong with being in a magazine thats directed to an older audience and that's about sex, and i was kinda addressing other articles i've seen about selena and this photoshoot too.
jasminelep 7th-Apr-2012 06:39 am (UTC)
the point is, that is if you're really too lazy to even read the article.
Is not Selena directly. The thing is, the magazine is trying to reach younger audiences, since Selena has fans that are pre-teens and below 18 (most of her fans are), by putting Selena as their cover, they're blatantly stating that they want those people to buy their magazine.
Which is causing controversy since the magazine contains "sex tips" and all these things, and people are unhappy that Cosmo wants kids to read about it.
lillymoo 7th-Apr-2012 04:36 am (UTC)
littlemix 7th-Apr-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
talklikelions 7th-Apr-2012 03:26 am (UTC)
I couldn't even get through the video my eyes were rolling so hard. Don't want your young child/teen reading this stuff? PAY ATTENTION TO THEM.

there's just so much wrong with blaming the sexuality of women on people's problems. I don't even LIKE Cosmo but seriously?
orangeberryfly LATE NIGHT SNACK7th-Apr-2012 03:55 am (UTC)
A Ben and Jerrys just opened near my house last night and I went to check out if they had Late Night Snack (BEEN DYING TO TRY IT) even though Im dieting and shouldnt be eating it... lol

Anyways, they didn't have it.

Soo... is it as amazing as it sounds?!!!
sheinhardt Re: LATE NIGHT SNACK7th-Apr-2012 05:15 am (UTC)
YES. But I am a Jimmy stan so I may be biased lol
orangeberryfly Re: LATE NIGHT SNACK7th-Apr-2012 05:23 am (UTC)
ngl hes the reason I want to try it haha.

And also the fact that theres potato chip clusters in it really intrigues me.
sheinhardt Re: LATE NIGHT SNACK7th-Apr-2012 05:41 am (UTC)
You should definitely try it! I really like it - I always get it if I'm at one of the scoop shops. My only issue is that the potato chip clusters aren't crunchy but I guess they can't do that since it's frozen in ice cream haha
slavetothemetal 7th-Apr-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
cosmo gives a lot of sensationalized and erroneous information plus it promotes internalized misogyny soooooooo
boundarybreaks 7th-Apr-2012 08:40 am (UTC)
all of their "tips" are terrible tbh.
selenaworld 7th-Apr-2012 05:29 am (UTC)
What happened to the world? Cosmopolitan is not the parent of your children. You can't hide your children from the society.

Cosmopolitan is a fashion, beauty, health, love and sex magazine. I'm not fan of Cosmopolitan, but Cosmo just use stars of the moment.

And yeah, I know, my english is very bad.
boundarybreaks 7th-Apr-2012 08:39 am (UTC)
Dakota Fanning on there was definitely ridiculous imo. And idk, but at stores around me, Cosmo is covered up with a black plastic board. So kids wouldn't see Selena on the cover.
amazedbysel 7th-Apr-2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Cosmo is not for Teens I think.
partygirlxox 7th-Apr-2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
This is ridiculous. Obviously Cosmo's going to feature the 'stars of the moment', and equally obviously it's not aimed at kids or even younger teenagers - it's aimed primarily at women in their twenties, though I'm 17 and do read it occasionally. Teenagers are exposed to that kind of thing anyway, because it's everywhere, and the vast majority of us really aren't impressionable enough to be significantly swayed either way by what a magazine cover does or doesn't show (give us some credit, please?); as for younger kids, if you don't want your child exposed to all that, don't let them read it. Your child, your responsibility.
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