A look at Vogue and Maxim shows how sexuality and gender are represented in popular magazines. You should be aware that magazines may use different types of photos. One of the most common types of photo, portraits, may be included in magazines. Photographs of portraits attempt to portray the person’s personality and disposition. These photographs are centered on the subject’s eyes and face, with lighting used to convey tone and emotion. Other portraits will include candid or staged photos that are full-body. In addition, fashion photos are used in publications to display and glamourize fashion items and accessories to make them more appealing to consumers (Gerding & Aubrey, 2018). Most fashion magazines feature imaginative photos that are attractive and appealing. In magazines, editors also use editorial photos to illustrate stories. You should be aware that editorial photos can have a different subject depending on what the text is about.
There are two distinct ways that gender is represented in magazines aimed at men and women. One distinction is the fact that magazines are less often populated by women than they are with men. Important to understand that women focus only on news articles (Utiuzh 2018, 2018). Most periodicals will feature men more often than women. The viewpoints given priority differ from each other. Maxim, Vogue and many other periodicals tend to show that the vast majority of women’s thoughts is mundane while the men’s are intelligent.
Periodicals depict men and women differently in terms of sexuality. Images of women are more popular than written descriptions in most periodicals. Many believe that women are attractive because they provide visual pleasure. Contrary to women, men are mostly portrayed using words and very few photographs. Most periodicals depict women in a hypersexualized way and don’t show them wearing clothes. Magazine photographs show males as aggressive and rough.
Maxim and other publications use innovative methods to reach straight men. Men’s periodicals are known for seeking out innovative ways to legitimize masculinity. One way to legitimize masculinity is through negotiation strategies and the acceptance of progressive feminist discourses. While hegemonic masculinity is woven throughout popular men’s magazines, it is important to remember that different types of masculinity can be found in each. Although men’s magazines recognize how they question masculinity, they still manage to blur the lines between masculinity and homosexuality. Maxim is one example of a magazine for men that may shy away from homosexuality. It features male models posing in sports gear and women photographed with it. The periodicals also include straight sex advice and athletic articles. It is this way that straight men are effectively communicated to readers of magazines.