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Don't forget to ban the magazines, too!

Hold on, everyone … I have shocking news:

Teenage girls often have embarrassing questions about their bodies.

I know! I was stunned, too.

In fact, they are often too embarrassed to ask anyone, let alone their mothers.

Enter Seventeen magazine.

The October issue contains an article called “Vagina 101,” which addresses in (exhaustive and graphic) detail everything you ever wanted to know about the vagina but were afraid to ask. It details the many mystifying emissions, and even includes a small photo of two different sets of labia, with the caption: “These are both normal.”

In a curiously-timed coincidence, I bought my first issue of Seventeen in probably twenty years last week. (I had no idea of the brewing scandal. The October issue is probably sold out by now.) I was having trouble picturing the two female main characters in my WIP, and wanted to see if any of the girls in a typical teen magazine looked like I imagine my girls.

Imagine my surprise when I came to the colorful, clinical article! But I wasn’t offended. On the contrary, I had two thoughts: “Wow, Seventeen has changed since I used to read it!” and “I would have loved an article like this when I was a teenager.” Then I turned the page.

It’s a good thing I didn’t try to buy my magazine at Albertsons (they omit the apostrophe, which causes me continual dismay), because the company pulled the issue from its shelves in Oregon.

I’ll be interested to see who else follows suit.

Very timely for Banned Book Week!


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Sep. 29th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
Ditto. Thank goodness for a friend who explained a lot of things to me, mostly correct even.
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Sep. 29th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
I read Teen Vogue tonight. . .missed the Seventeen issue
Sep. 29th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
Wow! How frickin' awesome.

PS: Thanks for pointing that out about Albertsons. I never noticed that before. Now I will notice it all the time. I will not be able to shop there. I will shop at Gelson's instead. Because they have an apostrophe.
Sep. 29th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
I picture some corporate guy going, "Lose the apostrophe. We don't need it."

*misses Gelson's*
Sep. 29th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
"At the end of the day, people don't care about apostrophes. We're here to move groceries, not be grammatically correct."
Sep. 29th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Why does LJ always log me out? Grr.
Sep. 29th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
Wow! I'm impressed.

Oct. 13th, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
Lord knows vaginas are offensive. I keep mine locked up and pee by osmosis. You might think such a trick might be, well, tricky. But Albertsons has a guide on just how to do it.
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