Pros: full of various content, covered-up-but-still-hot women, inexpensive, humorous
Cons: what's up with the stinky cologne inserts?
A couple of years ago, I came across a free subscription to Maxim magazine and I thought my male relative, who lived with me at the time, might enjoy receiving it, so I ordered it. I never picked it up or thumbed through it while it came here, but when the subscription came along again, I renewed it. Eventually, the relative left but the magazine subscription kept coming. I would keep them in little stacks until I got around to giving them away, but one day, I happened to pick one up and thumb through it. I never really knew much about Maxim magazine other than it was a men's magazine, but when I got to reading it, I found myself laughing aloud in some places, or engrossed in others. The women in it were beautiful, but they weren't naked (as I assumed they would be), not completely anyway....and it seemed they were really only tossed in between the car, music, and gadget articles as an afterthought. I then made my way through the stack of Maxim's, and actually started looking forward to the next issue coming in the mail.
Maxim magazine, every once in a while, can be had with a free subscription if you just use Google and the proper search terms (....free Maxim magazine...of course!) and find a free publication company giving them away, but on the stretches that it can't be found, it's still affordable at $18 for 2 years (24 issues). That's 75 cents an issue! It can also be found on the newsstand or anywhere magazines are sold for a couple of bucks an issue. It usually has under 110 pages per issue, and every one has some actress or "other female entertainer" that I usually haven't heard of, on the cover. Sometimes there are people that almost everyone knows on the cover, such as Anna Kournikova. But, usually it's an actress just starting out, someone who might have a movie in at the theatre at the moment. I don't think anyone who buys the magazine for the women in it would care who they are though, because they're all equally beautiful and shot in sexy ways.
The content of Maxim varies in every issue, but there are some sections that are found in every one. One would be the Letters (to the editor) which are usually pretty funny because of the replies the editors have written in response. The Jokes section is pretty funny, although some of the jokes are a little stale (in this age of Forwarded Emails, chances are you've probably read some of these before). They are crude, usually about sex in some way or another, so would not appeal to anyone with a clean sense of humor (I'm sure). There's a Survival section (funny section about surviving ridiculous things like "the BBQ from hell" and etc.), interviews with some celebrity or another, a "trivia" section at the end called The Divider, and then there's Stuff.
Stuff used to be separate, but it is now merged into the magazine. This is a section I like the most because it covers a lot of high end gadgets, cars, and just...things to drool over. (Tagline is "Fill Your Inner Emptiness With Materiel Goods") To give you an idea, one of the issues compared the '10 Camaro SS with the '10 Mustang GT, and that was as good as porn to me. Then, it covered Golf gadgets, and then Grills. There was a Geek section in this, for the "gadget obsessed meathead" which only made me walk away wanting a talking remote thermometer and light-up tongs, desperately. Usually there are "tips" at the bottom of one of these sections, pertaining to whatever they are covering. In the grilling section mentioned here, the tip was about "How to Tell if Your Steak is Done". These are nice little additions.
The Rated section is also enjoyable, to me. It covers various movies that are out in the theatre's along with Maxim's ratings of them. There's usually an interview with either an actor (Ozzy Osbourne talking about Osbourne's Reloaded, in a recent issue). The books and music section is a favorite because this usually introduces me to new bands and comics, and since they are rated, I have an idea of what to expect when I give them a listen or a read. And then there's the Most Wanted which would be whichever girl they think is the hottest at the moment.
Maxim also covers sports and it varies per issue. I read it when it's baseball or football, but usually skip this section entirely when it's a sport like tennis. But, they'll usually cover a select athlete, and it's really well written and entertaining. Every now and again, there are funny sections like the How To section. It covers things like "how to get high on the water" (get high as in "catch a wave") but the little old school pixel graphic drawings are super funny, and the Field Guide usually takes you to the best bars and hangouts in certain areas. This is just to give you an idea....there are literally a couple of hours worth of reading material in this magazine and I find it all pretty entertaining. Some of it is downright funny with the little sarcastic or witty quips that the editor's have splattered throughout on the photos or under the articles. And there is always a sex article of some kind whether or how to get it, what to do with it once you got it, or how the recession might affect it. There is also a Style or fashion section in each magazine....but I stopped taking it seriously when I saw Iggy Pop as the one to emulate in one issue (the article on him was interesting though).
And then there's the women. Models, actresses, and singers are strewn throughout the magazine dressed in barely nothing (some only wearing bottoms while their hair covers their nude breasts) and they are all very attractive. I think they're pretty classy, the photographs (but, again, I've read magazines that would make Hustler blush in shame). There's not very many photographs in here that probably make their (the models) parents cry, but they're still sexy enough that they would appeal to men and probably elicit some "thoughts". I could see it as one of the biggest appeals to men, in this magazine. I haven't seen any "homely" women yet (no Amy Winehouse's, unless I miseed that issue), so they stay up on the prettiest and most popular women around right now.
There are a lot of ads, and they always put some "stank" cologne inserts in between the pages...but quite a lot of magazines do both these days. It's now the norm, but at least Maxim's ads are interesting and cover booze, video games, cars, gadgets, and the like. Like other mags, Maxim also covers a few contests. There's a Caption's contest (give them a caption to a photo they show and win a prize) and there's always the info about going to their website to enter more contests and get more swag and prizes. It's really just a smorgasbord of info packed into one little magazine, with some nearly nude women thrown in. But, I find the magazine to be well worth a read. It's humorous, it's informative, and it is a heck of a lot better than some magazines out there. I would recommend it because it can be read by both men and women, and because it isn't that expensive (to me, especially considering the content). I enjoy it, maybe you will as well.