Hi. My name is Wendy Felton. I live in New York. I used to live in Los Angeles.
I’ve compiled the list below to tackle some of the more common inquiries I've received since launching this site in 2005.
So you aren’t a prominent magazine editor? Then what makes you such an expert?
I was an editor at a small, now-defunct magazine for two years. However, I’ve been an avid reader of women’s magazines for twenty years now, and this site is much more about my personal reaction to magazines than anything else. I don’t claim to be an expert about anything except my own opinions.
Why do you read fashion magazines if you hate them so much?
There’s an incredibly long answer to that question, but I’ll save it for my therapist. The simplest explanation is that I don’t hate them. I’m disappointed by them.
I love fashion and makeup, and I’m intensely interested in the media and women’s issues, so anything that lets me get juiced up on righteous outrage while simultaneously allowing me to ogle lip gloss and shoes is a magnet. As a feminist, it irks me to see women slighted in any form of media, particularly in venues that are created by and specifically for women.
Why do you so rarely write about anything you like?
Because that’s not what this site is about.
Why do you have so many ads for clothing, makeup, and accessories on your site?
As of 2011, there are no ads on this site. In the past, however, ads helped defray the costs of hosting this site and buying magazines, so I considered them a necessary evil.
Why did you say such a terrible thing about that writer? You don’t even know her!
I’m not personally acquainted with anyone running for president, either, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get to vote.
How can you say you’re a feminist when you’re decrying the choices other women have made?
Identifying as a feminist doesn’t exclude me from speaking out about things I find objectionable.
But the men and women who write for magazines don’t necessarily believe what they write. They’re just doing what they were paid to do.
I don’t think that matters, honestly. It doesn’t mean the message is above reproach.
You still haven’t answered my question.
Direct general correspondence and tips to editor at glossedover dot com.
I’ve already done that. Why didn’t you answer my email?
Because I receive a lot of it! Although I try to respond to everyone in a timely manner, sometimes I decide to sleep instead. If you need an answer (or just really want one), feel free to email me again.
Can I hire you to write or copyedit?
Yes! Well, probably! Email me and we’ll talk.
Do you have a legal statement?
Read it here.