So you “want every girl to stop obsessing about what her body looks like”, eh? How exactly do you plan to accomplish this? Yes, you allegedly don’t photoshop girls to make them look better. However, you do, as this “Hi from Ann” in Volume 71, Number 8 magazine revealed, fix folds in fabric and flyaway hairs. Is there something wrong with frizzy, curly, messy or wild hair? Why exactly are folds in fabric so frightful— remind you of fat rolls?
This magazine is a bad influence on girls, on everyone, for some many reasons [fellow Tumblrites, feel free to add more]:
- You occasionally show women of color, but the majority of your cover girls and models are white.
- Your tips on getting money often involve avoiding spending and saving your money. Classist. What if you never have any money to save up in the first place?
- In fact, most of these articles on money saving also support sexist and ageist stereotypes. All teenage girls buy lip gloss and fancy coffee drinks and are saving for a pair of cute jeans, right? Art supplies, college education, film budgets and presents for family never cross our minds, right?
- Your models are never above a size sixteen
- Most of your articles focus on fixing flaws instead of telling them they have no flaws. Yes, some girls want to learn how to fix these flaws, but when every other issue has an article on the right kind of jeans for your body, you have a problem.
- The “Freshman 15”, a group of girls that discuss college issues,nevertalk about actual schoolwork. In fact, most of their discussions are about boys and parties. There’s the occasional mention of keeping friends in college and getting a job, but still nothing about studying or even balancing schoolwork and “fun”.
- You rarely represent members of the LGBTQ community. Again, there have been a few mentions of lesbianism, but we never touch on transgender issues, and when has there ever been an article on how it is okay to be confused about your sexuality?
- No articles about feminism either. Even if it is a classist, racist, homophobic, ableist mention of how “not all lesbians are feminists!111!1!!”, it’ll be a start.
- You never discuss career choices. Even fashion designing and cosmetology!
- You have had Taylor Swift as a cover girl, despite her homophobic (“…I’ll tell mine you’re gay!”), slut-shaming (“She wears short skirts, I wear t-shirts…”) and plain ignorant (“…I was a scarlet letter”) lyrics.
- Your back to school issues talk about fashion (which I’m fine with. These are good articles in a fashion magazine) but no mention of studying.
- You teach girls not to get raped as opposed to teaching people not to rape.
- There are articles telling people that they had sex when young and regretted it. What about the people that had sex and loved it?
- As a fashion magazine aimed at teenage girls, you would think you print articles on STIs, periods, addictions, and other things that teenage girls should know about more often.
- It’s great that you have a short story contest (even if it isannualand the story isn’t even posted in the magazine anymore) but why aren’t there more regular teenage writers, or even one type of article (movie review? synopsis of their first date, or best date?) that girls can submit every month?
- Hairy bodies are not a bad thing. You should show more of them.
- Bodies with “flaws” aren’t either. Yes, you show the girls with freckles or the surgery scars occasionally (you just had a scar article last issue) but what’s with the lack of celluloid and strechmarks? Even the thinnest girls can get these.
- Hell, you don’t even write articles on how to fix them!
- You print, about once a year, an article on international beauty and fashion. Why don’t you post these more often? Shouldn’t we be learning about other cultures, even if it is just their beauty routines?
- You hold contest for real cover girls, but their pictures are tucked away behind the celebrities.
- No disabled models.
- No unconventionally attractive ones either!
- No braces…
- You also touch up pimples, apparently. Is there something wrong with having the occasional zit that about 99% of teenagers get (hell, adults get them too!) and are caused by hormones, DNA and irritation from the skin products you’re trying to sell us just as much as greasy skin.
- I can’t judge you for trying to sell us products and clothing, you are a business after all. I can’t even judge you for featuring clothes that were made in sweatshops, because it is so hard to avoid (it would be great if you mentioned shops that don’t use sweatshops, and ways to avoid putting pressure on using sweatshops.) However, Urban Outfitters is a store that you have featured the clothing of before, that I can not forgive you for. It has sold homophobic shirts, transphobic cards, stolen artist’s work, promoted Christianity (which would be fine, if they promoted any other religion) and, of course, used sweatshop labor.
- You feature healthy thin girls, and unhealthy fat girls, but no healthy fat girls.
- Very few mentions of girls that play sports, and even fewer of girls that like the outdoors (camping, mountain climbing, not being afraid of getting dirty)
And so many other reasons why you are a bad influence on girls and why I am canceling my subscription as soon as possible!