"The images they use and project reinforce a very narrow conception of beauty and a shallow approach towards women. They celebrate thrill-seeking and instant gratification without ever allowing any thought of responsibility towards others, or commitment, to intrude.
"The contrast with the work done by women's magazines, and their publishers, to address their readers in a mature and responsible fashion, is striking."
Yes - Heat & Now and all those other 'celeb' mags aimed at women are thoroughly mature & responsible.
I don't mind people suggesting that young men need to take responsibilty for their actions. Given, however, that all the recent teenage pregnancies I have heard about from friends (generally the new and not so chuffed grandparents) seem to involve a fairly calculated decision by the mother rather than the fecklessness of the father, I sense this article is based less in fact and more on a spin-doctor's advice to appeal to a) the female vote and b) the core elderly vote, for both of whom young men are a handy hate figure.
Michael Gove works for News International, the publishers of the Sun. I wonder whether he views the editorial content of that paper (eg daily tits) in the same way as he views Loaded etc? Or perhaps this article is simply a bit of work on the side for Murdoch in dissing the competition?
The high level of teenage pregnancy is due more to the gov'munt than any magazine. Underage chav tartlet gets up the duff, instant flat, and pocket money from the social every week, and endless do-gooders to look after the sprog if she wants to go out.
Agree with Tonto - the dominance of the 'nanny state' is the major problem. Blaming Lads Mags quite helpfully shifts the debate away from the Governments chronic failings within the welfare system - and their approach to society as a whole.
Women are not blameless - I know two former service women who slept with blokes to get pregnant. They were successful in their ambition - but the blokes involved only thought 'Happy Days - emptied the sack'. They didn't know they were part of some fertility quest. It is the ultimate deceit - all to meet some 'biological need'- it really p*sses me off.