From The Seventeen Magazine Project, by small-town Pennsylvania high school senior Jamie Keiles, who is living for one month according to the teen mag’s prescription of how girls her age should live. It’s a kind of brilliant analysis of how American teenage girlhood is constructed by the media — and how little Seventeen’s idea of life has to do with life as it’s actually lived. You kind of wonder if the whole point of Seventeen and magazines like it is to make teenage girls even more insecure about themselves than they are — which is to say, to hate the lives they have and to aspire to the lives they’re missing out on, if only they’d buy the crap in the magazine’s pages, and adopt the shallow, materialistic, nitwit values of its editors.
h/t: boing boing

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