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a newspaper column devoted to personal problems

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In other words, there are six theoretical as well as empirically grounded types of "agony-resolution," which can be generated from the material of the agony columns in this study(6) (see Table 1).
I would argue that, through agony columns, men can improve problematic relationships--this is an unrealized potential that should be explored much more fully.
The American version of Cosmopolitan is the headquarter "bank" for the other Cosmopolitan editions in 28 countries, so the impact of such Agony Columns is not just in the United States.
This paper uses a grounded theory approach to examine the perceptions and depictions of American men in the Agony Column of a leading women's magazine, Cosmopolitan ("Cosmo").
The Agony Column thus combines popular concerns with more "expert" or "experienced" voices.
Since the Agony Column blends realism with professionalism, in a long series of specific letters, it ought to be clear that it was a sociologically revealing but underutilized source of data about gender relations.
But since the Agony Column is full of problems about relationships that women report, the same agony "data" can also reveal how they perceive what men "make of women.
Due to the nature of advice columns, each "entry" in the Agony Column involved a pair of items: the woman in agony raising a problem, and the Agony Aunt offering a solution.
An issue of selectivity regarding the nature of the Agony Column data should be addressed here.
Therefore, the theoretical insights generated from Cosmopolitan's Agony Column in this study could be further verified against, and deepened by, more data (i.
Each cell, in defining an "agony resolution" encounter, can be grounded and "elaborated" by referring to the raw data of the Agony Column.
There were 22 cases in the Agony Column in which a woman viewed herself as not being in control of her man, and the Agony Aunt advised the agony woman to focus on how to deal with the relationship.
Therefore, an expanded theoretical typology of "Agony-Resolution Pathways" was developed and grounded in the agony column data (see Table 2).
To conclude this paper, I would discuss a few insights regarding gender relations that are generated from this theoretical typology grounded in the Agony Column.
Again and again, we discover that, as Rubery comments in regard to the seemingly inextricable ties between the "personals" and the sensation novels of Wilkie Collins and of Mary Elizabeth Braddon in the 1860s, it is "difficult to tell" whether a journalistic genre such as "the agony column influenced the plots of novels or whether novels influenced the plots of the agony column.