The salacious women's magazine Cosmopolitan is trying to sound more serious in their latest edition -- it's called "The Mental Health Issue." The cover even promises "VP Kamala Harris on the Future of Mental Wellness -- And How We Get There."
It's not online yet, but Cosmo editor-in-chief Jessica Giles rolled out the red carpet for the Vice President to share all the Biden-Harris talking points about how wonderful they are in addressing mental health. The headline was "Taking Care." Giles asked "What is the Biden administration doing to help?" Harris replied, in part:
President Biden and I recognize that we have a role of leadership in this fight. That's why we have made it a priority to expand mental health care for all Americans.
Our strategy is focused on three areas: first, helping attract more behavioral mental health specialists to underserved communities. Second, connecting Americans to the care they need. And third, creating healthy environments for Americans to talk about mental health.
It sounds like a Powerpoint meeting. Giles sounded like a White House publicity coordinator. She also asked: "A lot of the efforts you've mentioned center on the well-being of children. Tell me about that."
And then: "You've also just launched the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which is a more immediate step toward getting urgent mental health care to everyone everywhere. How does it work?" Fact check: Congress passed a bill creating the 988 lifeline in 2020, and it was signed by President Trump. It was a bipartisan effort sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).
The last question was: "What do you do for your own mental health, especially in your high-stress position?" Harris turned to exercise:
For me, I work out every morning. No matter how much sleep I've had, I find half an hour a day to use the elliptical. It helps get me going for the rest of my day. Find what works for you. Try to surround yourself with family and friends who will be there to cheer you on but will also be there in times you're feeling down. Even in those darkest times, know that it will get better.
Don't take this magazine too seriously. Many of the articles in the issue are about makeup and fashion and food. But this article apparently fits the theme:
So, What's Getting Everyone Off These Days?
For the sake of your mental health (and -- okay, yes -- our curiosity), we asked around.
They drew less than feminist answers. "Lilith Rose" said "Spit! I'm totally into degradation play, and something about being spit on makes me melt!" And "Stella" wrote about "piss play," where the man ejaculates and then urinates it off. She said "it was a lot hotter than I anticipated. Like, would definitely do it again. And again."
Kamala Harris was not asked if this was mentally healthy.