The continued under-representation of women in U.
A manifest, obvious reason could explore changing cultural representations in reference to how masculinity was perceived and that the s was just about the right time for men to finally embrace a magazine genre of their own that was previously, stereotypically associated with feminine culture.
The hegemonic cultural stereotype of masculinity was slowly changing; New Romantic bands like Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet wore make up on Top of the Pops - surely this was now the time to make that gendered leap in the same way that s and men struggled with idea of grooming products aimed at improving their appearance from hand cream to hair gel.
The publishing oligopolies and advertisers quickly became interested in this media product that, in terms of FHM was suggesting in the s a circulation pushing one million. The s new lad representation would be by new lads espoused as being ironic with middle class audiences adopting stereotypically middle class attributes including a love of football, violence and pub culture.
From the front covers below Loaded and Front took a very specific approach to representing the female form that could neither be describes as tasteful or sophisticated.
Arena magazine first popularised the notion of the new lad in as a negative reaction to the new man. Proposed, and represented was a return to hegemonic values of sexism and and acceptability in reference to the objectification of women. American rap and hip hop also gained in popularity in the s with their misogynist lyrics and overtly sexist representations.
The bubble ultimately had to burst however. This time it was moving image and on screen. Hegemony however, if commercially supported can continue and many magazines kept publishing but with the odd notable casualty Arena and Maxim magazine folded in Circulation in this instance meanscopies handed out at train stations and gyms in London and other major cities and not consciously purchased - a similar approach was taken by Sport magazine in The whole sector is in commercial decline in terms of circulation if ABC Audit Bureau of Circulation figures are referenced every 6 months over the last ten years and particularly over the last three years.
Nuts and Zoo were first published in middle of the naughties and offer similar representations to Loaded — as weekly magazines their production values are low and are obviously thinner with less advertising copy.
Representations in Nuts and Zoo, as in Loaded leave nothing to the imagination and cater well for blokes that want to look at girls; nothing more, nothing less.
Sexuality provocative, hegemonic covers see always young models, actresses or celebrities framed centrally in medium shot making direct eye contact with a male audience.
The design and layout is simplistic, not particularly sophisticated with plenty of white space and intended to make a direct link with the audience are hand written fonts used to encourage a mythical, personal communication. Production values are still high choice of model, use of glossy super calendared paper as you would expect from a magazine that although in decline is still published by one of the major publishing houses, Bauer.
The idea of power, speed and elegance is seen as a key appeal for a target audience who areprimarily male, C1, C2 and D, mainstreamers and aspirers. The audience of FHM has in terms of age and social class come down over the years and the magazine now appeals more to the younger reader on a much less sophisticated level than it used to.
Audiences can escape through not just aspirational images of women who they would want to be with but also aspirational images of men like Ryan Reynolds, David Beckham and George Clooney who they would want to be like which is anchored by the advertising images.
Personal identity would be from the recognition hailing of themselves within the discourse including letters, stories and personal accounts from readers.
Personal relationships would stem from the convergent ability to share and comment on these representations in convergent blogs, social networking sites or any form of digital media that offers the opportunity of being involved in an interactive narrative about the magazine.
Challenges and put downs also encourage this interactivity. Male representations are normally iconic whether in the field of sport, entertainment or technology. With FHM the high end branding will be just within the reach of the reader but not as high end as other up market magazines like GQ.
Puma reflecting the change in the demographics of the magazine age and social class.
As the demographics of the magazine decline in terms of so called upmarket and downmarket trends then so will the advertising with advertisers like Rolex not wanting to waste their time with an audience who can only aspire to their products — watches and advertising images of watches carry with them connotations of upmarket social class which now found more within the covers of GQ than FHM.
The syntax and choice of vocabulary appeal to the audience to ensure familiarity and the correct message is put across as far as the editorial team is concerned. Having said this, most of the representations are hyper real and deliberately use exaggerated stereotypes to attract audiences.
These hegemonic cultural stereotypes would be represented and ideally understood by the target audiences iconic masculine images that are attempting to maintain the arguably mythical construct of lad culture in a changing world where lad culture is a reality but for niche audiences.
Jeremy Clarkson, Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross however would lay claim to the suggestion that lad culture is still thriving, supported by the continued high ratings of programmes like Top Gear and The Jonathon Ross Show which is a view held by media theorist David Gauntlett.
These images of men with six packs posing in tight shorts litter the pages of the magazine and the website again evidencing synergy and convergence — online images offer similar representations.
The culture of the gym is clear with images of bodybuilders, unnatural, hyper real muscle tone and brute strength supported by advertising copy facilitating a possible transition by the target audiences into the this preferred male form e.
Apart from developing the body beautiful, narrative content does also include fitness, weight gain and weight loss, nutrition, and on occasion as secondary articles on sex, relationships, technology and style. The following image is a UK front cover: On the front cover, white and red as a colour palette predominate.
As with FHM, the masthead is bold and red and also is sans serif with its stereotypical connotations but is in lower case. The model is as usual, an aspirational model Chris Hemsworth is an Australian actor who bulked out to play Thor who is framed centrally in medium shot.
Fitness and health are even seen as the solution to not just sexual matters but issues relating to finances: Although on one level this reading cold be seen to be tenuous, if compared with the front cover of Gay Times there are obvious similarities — font, colour, choice of model, body shape and pose.
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