We found this picture in an article called "How to entertain bored women."
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Company magazine is now so boring that this is probably the last time that we are going to review it. Ta.
So. Company. In our
experience, Company magazine has been one of the leading proponents of
anti-feminist bullshit in recent years, which is why we stopped reading. Since
then, they seem to have undergone a massive rebranding- reverting to handbag
size, switching to non-glossy paper and becoming, well, DEEPLY TEDIOUS.
The interesting thing
about the rebranding is that the editorial team seem to have acknowledged the
imminent, inevitable demise of print media in favour of the internet, and have
attempted to adapt accordingly. The totally uninteresting thing about the
rebranding is that they have transformed their magazine into what appears to be
a good time gal’s pocket sized guide to the internet.
This means that what
used to be pretty standard women’s magazine writing is now peppered with
twitter speak (#amaze!) Probably because the internet is like, totally the
future and cutting edge-unlike Company, which is boring.
Of course, Company
still commits some relatively standard women’s magazine ‘sins’ (Morphing ‘shoe’
and ‘universe’ to create ‘shoeniverse’; encouraging readers to adopt a
post-colonial ‘tribal’ look), but it’s all smushed together with inane lexical
choice, such as “O.M.Geeee!” “If you want to LOL instead” and “#lazyweknow.”
Company are in fact all over this hashtag business, with a whole section called
#trending (this is not the same thing as their other feature ‘Trends with
Benefits”, which is not to be confused with “Trends ON Benefits”- a new Vagenda
feature in the pipeline.) and a letters page of inane tweets. It’s just really,
really, REALLY fucking boring.
On page 44, one of
their journalists goes gonzo and boringly gets the 149 bus to Dalston (You’re
not in Kansas anymore, kid.) Alexa Chung said it was the most fashionable place
in the world (boring) and so, one intrepid reporter goes out and takes pictures
of lots of London girls looking like the London girls you see everywhere, all
the time. While we appreciate that Company seems set on applauding ‘real women’
for their fashion sense, this is undermined by the….sorry, I was just too bored
Later on, we have an
interview with Manic Pixie Dreamgirl Zooey Deschanel. It’s pretty, um, boring, except
at one point when she says: “I would go shopping for vintage clothes, and I
once bought this really pretty, but giant, 1950s pink prom dress. I was wearing
this with a tiara in my bedroom, at my computer, dressed like a princess just
to do my homework.”
As a way of finding
out whether or not this is standard behaviour for a fifteen year old girl, we
did a quick poll of the Vagenda Team. The question was: “What were you doing
when you were fifteen?” The response? “Not that.” Most of us seemed to have
grown out of our Cinderella complexes by then and were busy ingesting a
cocktail of drugs, cigarettes, Lambrini, heavy petting and the writings of
Sylvia Plath, but not quirky Pwincessy Zooey, apparently.
I’m going to skip over
Company columnists Jameela and David because, quite honestly, I haven’t been
that bored since I worked at Londis, aged sixteen (It was so boring that one
day I just forgot I had a job and didn’t remember until two months later. I
rang them up but they didn’t want to know, surprisingly.)
THEN we have the aptly
named “Generation Company” feature, for which every month they profile a boring
young couple in a ‘serious’ relationship. Charlie says:
“Mum still does my
washing and makes my bed. I don’t have an issue with it but I can see it must
be intimidating for Parisa [his unfortunate girlfriend] if she’s living in the
Wow. Can I just put it
out there that I’d rather have another pap smear than sleep with this man. When
confronted with his penis, a glass speculum is preferable.
Parisa, to do her
credit, seems pretty bummed about the whole situation. Who wouldn’t be? Can’t
imagine Charlie’s mum’s life is a bed of roses either.
magazine has become tedious. It’s all very geared towards “Generation
Innovation” as they call it- “the growing number of switched-on young women
using blogs and social networking sites to advance their careers”. Oh, wait, so
that’s us, right? They then have a bit about “building brand you”- a concept
which so perfectly encapsulates the evil of advanced capitalism that it nearly
swallowed us into a Thatcherite vortex in the time-space continuum.
everything in Company magazine is now about Twitter. When it’s not about
Twitter, it’s about the stuff they heart (basically, shit they think you should
be doing.) So, to save ourselves from the suicide that would inevitably result
if we carried on reading, we will sign off with this. Congratulations, readers,
on getting this far.
LIST OF BORING STUFF
COMPANY THINKS YOU SHOULD BE DOING AND/OR WEARING THIS MONTH:
Breaking off your
Working for them for
Blogging with your
Wearing a yellow that
looks suspiciously like Grazia yellow (WE TOLD YOU IT WAS A CONSPIRACY)