What's With "Nudesweek"?

<p><img hspace="0" src="media/2006-02-13-Newsweek.jpg" align="right" border="0" />What's with the naked woman on the cover of Newsweek, shrouded only by an eyeglass? The provocative cover is meant to advertise an issue on <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11300387/site/newsweek/">&quot;Sex and the Single Baby Boomer,&quot;</a> the demographic that started turning 60 this year -- what reader in their prime really wants to read about this subject? Once again, baby-boomer journalists display an obsession with themselves.</p><p>The hot item on the Newsweek website right now is a <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11242200/site/newsweek/">&quot;Carnal Knowledge&quot; quiz,</a> a 45-question interactive test. The headline encouraging test-takers is &quot;Boinking, boffing, bumping, bedding—boomers always thought they invented it all. So here’s a pop quiz on the half century of sexual high jinks they lived through. Show us how much you know—in the Biblical sense.&quot; Unsurprisingly, there are no Bible questions, and there are a lot of questions on gays, transsexuals, feminists, porn, hippie be-ins and 1970s TV. And a question noting the Moral Majority was not &quot;pro-environment.&quot;</p><p>PS: When looking for romantic experts, I suspect there's something lacking in this author's expertise: </p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>University of Washington sociologist Pepper Schwartz, 59, a <strong>twice-divorced</strong> single boomer herself and the author of &quot;Finding Your <strong>Perfect Match</strong>.&quot; </p></blockquote><p dir="ltr">UPDATE: At the very end of  the weekly<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11298036/site/newsweek/?rf=marquee"> &quot;Live Chat&quot;</a> at the Newsweek web site with Barbara Kantrowitz, who wrote the cover story, she defends the nudie cover as clever: </p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Chapel Hill, NC:</strong> Why does Newsweek insist on putting a naked woman on the front of the mag? Aren't women exploited enough?<br /><b><strong>Barbara Kantrowitz:</strong></b> Speaking for myself, I thought the cover was pretty clever! As a woman, I didn't feel exploited. As a Boomer, I laughed at the bifocals. I think we can all relate to that. </p></blockquote>

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis