You've Seen This (Harsh) Women's Magazine Cover Parody, Right?

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Over the past few days, this parody magazine cover has been trending in social media. It's turned up on Tumblr, earned more than 800 retweets when it was tweeted on Dec. 30 by London-based Twitterer @TechnicallyRon, and has racked up more than a quarter-million views on image-sharing site Imgur since it was posted yesterday by user adawait under the headline "Average Women's Magazine Cover" (though it's obviously modeled on a Cosmopolitan cover).

It's old -- but, apparently, still rings true enough today for people to want to gleefully share it. The Huffington Post credits the 2010-vintage parody to New York writer/illustrator Brendan McGinley.

For the record, my personal favorite coverline is "Do cupcakes make good boyfriends?" (In my experience, yes -- yes, they do.)

Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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