Is sex necessary to sell magazines? Yes, but its not just magazines, its yogurt and cigarettes. I just saw a Camel ad with a half-naked woman wearing fishnets.
Do you read the sex-advice columns? Yes, to get tips on different styles, different moves.
Have you ever thought a magazine went too far? No, they only go as far as the people do. If Jennifer Lopez is going to wear a dress like the one she wore to the Grammys, magazines have every right to print her picture. In the summer in the East Village, girls dont wear underpants under their dresses. Does that mean I shouldnt look when the wind blows up their skirts?
Occupation Lab analyst
Is sex necessary to sell magazines? Yes, but its not just sex. The majority of people are obsessed with three things: sex, obesity, and whos gay.
Do you read the sex-advice columns? Yes, sometimes.
Have you ever thought a magazine went too far? Even though technically it may be too far, I still find it interesting. I want to know the "75 Most Embarrassing Questions," even though 80 percent of them are about sex.
Jemar Felix Velazquez
Is sex necessary to sell magazines? Magazines dont speak to everyone. Most readers are women. I guess they do need something to sell themselves, but I rarely look at the cover.
Do you read the sex-advice columns? Sometimes. My roommates bring home Maxim. Im more likely to read the columns about crazy things people do like guys who put a rack of needles on their heads and top it off with a bowling ball. They wonder why they have to go to the hospital with 27 puncture wounds.
Have you ever thought a magazine went too far? Its the culture not drawing a line between sexiness and overexposure. A lot of movie stars think being half-naked in a magazine is the only way to get ahead, and magazines capitalize on that by publishing the pictures.
Occupation Rosary maker
Is sex necessary to sell magazines? I dont read magazines. Im only interested in comic books, where sex is aesthetic, not erotic.
Do you read the sex-advice columns? No.
Have you ever thought a magazine went too far? No, theres an amendment protecting us; its called freedom of the press.
Is sex necessary to sell magazines? Yes, its all variations on "How to Have an Orgasm." A magazine with Jennifer Lopez on the cover is going to sell more copies than one with Martha Stewart.
Do you read the sex-advice columns? No. I should write one.
Have you ever thought a magazine went too far? No, the media is by nature exploitive. The things that go too far are the things that sell. Actresses whore trying to come back pose nude for Playboy. Then theyre not taken seriously as artists. Thats the real catch-22 of the business.
Is sex necessary to sell magazines? I dont think its necessary, but I think publishers do, and so they put half-naked women on their covers. On the other hand, I myself would be less likely to buy a magazine with Derek Jeter on the cover. I can always go to the ballpark to see him.
Do you read the sex-advice columns? Sometimes, but I get most of my advice from porno movies.
Have you ever thought a magazine went too far? Too far usually means somethings just exaggerated, but kids dont know that and so they just pick up magazines in the store. A lot of things should be sold in the adult section.
Is sex necessary to sell magazines? I dont know if its necessary, but it does catch my attention. If theres a little hottie on the cover, Ill buy it.
Do you read the sex-advice columns? Rarely. I already feel like an expert.
Have you ever thought a magazine went too far? The inside of the magazine doesnt, but the cover shots do. Tyra Banks on the cover of GQ might have been too much.
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