Friday, November 19, 2010
Here's my submission to the new magazine for teen girls...A little video to prompt you first on the sentiment I'd like to capture! 5 minutes in!
We need a new magazine for girls…
BECAUSE it’s time to show that feminism, fashion and girlhood can exist together and be representative of our lives and the change we want to see in the world.
BECAUSE being political and critical can be fun and silly and sexy and powerful when we do it OUR way.
BECAUSE we want FASHION not trends.
BECAUSE we’re sick of magazines that perpetuate beauty ideals that are impossible and damaging to our self esteem.
BECAUSE we hate being told how to flirt, how to make our lips kissable and how to read his body language when some of us girls love other girls, and for the girls who like guys - we’re smarter than that.
BECAUSE if we’re going to apply lipstick and play with style, it’s gonna be for OURSELVES as a fun and creative outlet for personal expression.
BECAUSE we need a magazine that represents girls of color, women of different sizes and abilities and queer ladies, to help demonstrate that you don’t have to be white, straight, able bodied and thin to be represented in a magazine.
BECAUSE we want to challenge and play with the fashion industry and expose the social, historical, economic and political forces behind the industry.
BECAUSE its cool if we want to have sex and its cool if we don't. Our bodies are our own and no one has the authority to make decisions about our bodies but ourselves.
BECAUSE we are sick of magazines that are constantly trying to sell us things.
BECAUSE we are sick and tired of hearing the statement: “The number one goal of girls is to lose weight” when we know a lot of girls with bigger dreams than that.
BECAUSE these dishonest messages about ourselves are not going to change unless we create our OWN meanings in a magazine that reflects our lives and choices.
It’s time, for a real girl magazine revolution now.