The first and only issue of Seventeen Magazine arrived at my home when I was almost 16 years old. My father took one look at the magazine cover, which boldly highlighted the word “sex” five times, and immediately cancelled my subscription. I wasn’t having sex at that age, but Seventeen Magazine, who is well aware that their primary readership are young girls age 12-16, sure assumes that young girls either are or should be, because their magazine seems obsessed with teaching your girls the tricks of the trade (bad pun intended).
Recently I came across this Seventeen Magazine cover featuring Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame. Featured prominently by his right temple is Seventeen Magazine’s checklist for its readers interested in Hot Guys like the magazine cover model, starting with the command “Be His Best Hookup!”
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This is female empowerment? Teaching young ladies that pleasing an inconsequential teenaged boy, striving to be the favorite meaningless conquest in a string of “hookups”, is a worthy goal? Really??
Shame on Seventeen Magazine for trying to imply that our daughters’ worth is measured by how well they perform sexually. Teens are not mature enough to be ready to take on any of the consequences or responsibilities of being intimate (or even fully understand them), yet magazines marketed to them are irresponsibly promoting a sexual lifestyle. Isn’t this contributing to the delinquency of minors? No wonder 15 year olds are becoming pregnant in record numbers and children are having sex at younger and younger ages.