Meet Joanna Coles, the newest Democratic strategist, er, I mean, the newest editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine.
Itâ€™s no surprise that many womenâ€™s magazines have a liberal agenda. But, Ms. Coles made it clear to what extent when she proudly declared Cosmo is a â€œdeeply feministâ€ circular this past week. Here were just some of her comments to Capital New York at Adweekâ€™s first Hot List Gala, detailing what she believes to be her magazineâ€™s most important issues:
â€œThereâ€™s nothing more mainstream than equal pay for equal work. I mean, itâ€™s completely obvious thatâ€™s what feminism should be for, and for womenâ€™s right to choose what happens to their own bodies,â€ she said.
She wasnâ€™t finished.
â€œItâ€™s unbelievable in 2013 we happen to be talking about this, but the battle over healthcare, the battle for womenâ€™s right to choose their own contraception, that ludicrous panel full of old men in Washington ruling what women could and couldnâ€™t doâ€”where is feminism then?â€ she asked. â€œWhere are all the left-wing academics?â€
Coles became Cosmoâ€™s editor-in-chief last September, after guiding the Marie Claire magazine for six years. Shortly after beginning her new reign, it was clear what direction she and the magazine were headed. Hereâ€™s what she tweeted after President Obamaâ€™s victory on Election Night:
Colesâ€™ â€œextreme feminismâ€ is also apparent in the company she keeps. In addition to attending pro-abortion galas, Coles likes to pal around with Guy Cecil III, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and several members of Obamaâ€™s staff, including his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Tara McGuinness, the senior communications adviser for the White House.
Isnâ€™t it reassuring that over 3 million young women are reading Ms. Coleâ€™s magazine? In the first half of 2012, Cosmo had a total circulation of 3,017,834 and is now the 16th most read magazine in the country and number one for single copy sales. Thatâ€™s a lot of power â€“ and this influence is dangerous in the hands of someone who seems to enjoy mocking conservatives every chance she gets.
â€œSomeone sent me a list of Republicans to watch. Are we going to feature Michele Bachmann in the magazine? No.â€
Donâ€™t worry Ms. Coles, I donâ€™t think Rep. Bachmann will be calling you anytime soon, either.