I like to read magazines when I'm on my break or lunch at work. I don't have to pay for them, and it's easy no-thought required reading to pass the time before I have to go back to the grind.
The magazines I normally read are Maxim, FHM, Blender & Rolling Stone if they are in stock. ( I also read the newspaper everyday, I just like a bit of entertainment with my news. Gotta have balance, right?)
I enjoy those magazines because they have a lighthearted approach to life, some of the articles are quite informative, and the ones that aren't are usually funny enough to amuse me for the fifteen or twenty minutes it takes for me to read the magazine.
With the exception of Rolling Stone, I feel almost embarrassed to be seen reading these magazines in mixed company. (Rolling Stone I'm ashamed of for completely different reasons.)
The main issue I have is that there is so much borderline porn in each magazine, that at first glance, it looks like that might be the only reason I picked it up to begin with. You can't turn two pages with out a picture of some half naked chick staring you in the face.
Don't misunderstand me, I'm all in favor of half naked chicks. Anyone who has been around me for at least a half hour or hell, even spoken to me for five minutes knows that I'm not a prude. The problem I have is that in order to get some jokes or read about cool gadgets, I have to pick up a pseudo skin rag. In these days when perception is so important, it is a bit awkward to have someone ask why I'm looking at that particular magazine. (The fact I'm covering my lap brings disbelief to almost any answer I could give.)
With the ready availability of pornography to anyone with half a brain and an Internet connection, I see no reason for that gratuitous amount of cheesecake they spread throughout these magazines. If you don't have the balls to go out and get real porn, don't meet halfway and buy one of these; suck it up and by a Hustler.
I know that there are many reasons for them to have that amount of pretend porn in the magazine; Sex sells and everyone is buying. Just tone the amount down a bit and go with more content than filler.
You guys don't come here for the porn, right? Right?