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Women’s titles turn their sites on the issue of guns

By WITW Staff on February 17, 2016

Two national women’s magazines are drawing readers’ attentions to a hot-button political issue this month, and it’s not one normally associated with women: guns. Both Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire announced special reports last week on the subject of women and guns, highlighting the ways in which the deeply political issue affects the lives of women on a daily basis in America. Cosmopolitan announced that its March issue would focus on an editorial package called “Singled Out,” examining how guns pose a specific danger to women because of the threat of disgruntled boyfriends who carry guns. In launching the issue, they also said they would partner with Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety group to promote gun control.

“When I was dating, it never occurred to me to ask a guy if he owned a gun,” wrote Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief, in her Editor’s Note. “But given the numbers — more than 8,700 women in the U.S. were shot to death by their partner between 2000 and 2013 — it’s time to discuss what’s in your guy’s drawers, and I don’t mean his CK boxer briefs.”

Meanwhile, Marie Claire launched a multimedia package online last week called “Women and Guns: the Conflicted, Dangerous, and Empowering Truth,” that looked at the issue of guns from a number of perspectives, including first-person political essays from Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, as well as that of gun owners, gang members, and gun violence victims.

“Too often, guns are seen as a male domain. But women care about guns, too,” Clinton wrote. “Any serious conversation about guns has to take into account our voices and experiences — as citizens, mothers, survivors, and advocates on all sides of this debate.”

Read more at Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.


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