Seventeen is a magazine that tries to cater for late teen tastes.  I used to look at it occasionally when I was a teen, and so when I was trapped waiting for 45 min for a friend, I decided to take a look at its prom issue.  I could divide the comments in my head into two types:

From long ago:  1.  Some of these dresses look like night gowns; do you want to go to the prom in your underwear?

( a bit of a non-sequitur, but you get the idea)

2.  Thank goodness some of them are not strapless.

(the nuns would roam around with muslim muslin and safety pins to cover up an immodest girl.)

And then voices from the present century:

1.  Some of the dresses are sized 2-18 and others go as large as 24.  Fabulous.

2.  Big bottoms are clearly allowed and maybe even enouraged.  Yea!  (When I was buying Seventeen, we – already poorly endowed white women/girls – all wore girdles.)

3.  No more photoshopping of bodies, Seventeen says, and that’s actually likely.   Plus-size models are genuinely plus.  Hooray!

The down side:  the burning questions of today look awfully like those of the 50’s and 60′, which means way too many of them are about how he will react to you/her.   Gay couples don’t have any  problems??  There are no important problems that don’t have to do with sex?

O, Tra-la-la.  Life is deliciously trivial

6 thoughts on “Seventeen

  1. It is a strange thing that heterosexual girls want to spend money to see loads of pictures of other girls, no matter what their size etc.

  2. Kathryn, yes, not everything in Seventeen is simply trivial. # 3, as you point out, is especially non-trivial.

    Goldfish, thank you! I suspect the explanation is the boring one of mild dyslexia.

    Kathryn, i think the pictures are didactic advertising. The didactic part tells one what’s acceptable, trendy, available, etc. the advertisement invites you to see yourself as part of the group. Or something like that.

  3. Trivial to us well-adjusted, confident adult women who know who we are and are impervious to media influences, but not so trivial to young people who are getting a sadly large amount of their understandings of sexuality from these magazines. I was just musing the other day about how differently I view media when I think about it from the perspective of my 13-year-old daughter.

  4. MM, confident? well-adjusted? Lucky you!

    Perhaps I should have given some of their examples of one’s ten hot issues, or it may be that ‘trivial’ is the wrong word. But they had entries like this:

    What perfume would he like on me?

    I would say that a big proportion had to do with being liked by him or others. And nothing had to do with what one might want to know about sexual etiquette except for a story about a girl who nearly affixiated her boy friend with a french kiss.

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