Appalled Graphic Designer Shows Girls’ Life Magazine What Their Cover Should Look Like

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A couple of weeks ago we ran a piece about an image that was posted on social media and went viral. It was a side-by-side shot of this Girls’ Life magazine cover (left, lead image) next to the cover of Boys’ Life magazine that served as a harsh reminder of the stereotyped messages that, even in the year 2016, are STILL marketing to girls. We weren’t the only ones ticked-off by the image. After seeing it posted on her Facebook feed, Katherine Young, a graphic designer, took matters into her own hands and decided to show Girls’ Life what their cover SHOULD look like.

“When I saw the post I was just in frickin’ shock,” Katherine said. “Can this be real? Is this photo fake? After Googling current issues of these two magazines I found them to be real. I was just appalled.”

Putting her graphic skills to work, in just a few minutes, Katherine swapped out the cover girl for Olivia Hallisey, the 2015 Google Science Fair Grand Prize winner, and photoshopped in some new, inspired and empowering headlines. The result? A magazine cover that offers girls better alternatives to tips on how to “Wake up Pretty.”

Katherine was motivated to change the cover so that others will be more aware of the messages they are sending to girls. “We can do better. I hope this cover inspires us all to do better every day and be more conscious of the imagery our children are bombarded with,” she said in an email to WYSK. “I hope this sparks conversation with both girls and boys. They all need to know that girls are more than a pretty face.”

Girls’ Life… are you listening?


Images published with express permission from Katherine Young.

  • chesneyj

    If someone would make the magazine on the right, I would buy both of my daughters subscriptions until they were adults.

    • Emma Pamley-Liddell

      There is!! I just can’t remember it. Someone emailed me a link to an Australian magazine. I just can’t remember it lol.

      • Alex Thornton

        Because it doesn’t have the money and marketing power behind it?

        • Darren Pennington

          Yeah, that’s the extremely sad/depressing part.

          We get it. We just don’t enjoy accepting it.

    • Duke_of_Zork

      People HAVE made the magazine on the right, just not under that exact title. Why haven’t you bought it?

      • homasapiens

        Give us a link please!
        since you know so much and all…

      • Mom2ha

        Yes could you please share a title?! I have searched for this type of magazine in both in stores and online, and have not been successful. The closest I found were a couple religious magazines, but nothing close to Boys Life.

        • TK

          Hi ladies, reading your comments and so I Googled to find some other mags that send more well rounded, positive messages (I don’t have kids, so I didn’t know) for girls. Here’s one: Discovery Girl Magazine! It’s described as: “the best life and advice periodical for your daughter. Features that will help her learn from her mistakes, deal with disappointments, navigate friendship difficulties and many other character and confidence building articles!” Just what you’re all looking for, so I think you should all subscribe today! #PowerOfShe

      • Bre

        I remember getting American Girl magazine when I was a tween, and I remember it being more like magazine on the right. I don’t know much about the content these days, but the mag still exists:

        • Francesca No Berlusconi Flore

          American girl: “check out our new look”, “how to throw a star party” and “creative costume ideas”…. Not so awe-inspiring! Only difference is girl wearing braces on cover

        • ronin1973a

          Bake. Learn to be subservient. Both magazines are the two extremes of wrong.

          • San

            Bake yes, because cooking is a skill all genders should have, not just women. Learn go be subservient? Never. We are people wanting to raise daughters to achieve their fullest potentials. We want daughters who are free, independent thinkers who care about the world and have the willingness, passion, and drive to change it. Be willing to serve your fellow human and world by actively trying to change the wrongs of the world and do greater good, not by bowing your head, remaining quiet, and simply saying “yes, sir.” I want daughters who will see the injustices, stand up and shout “NO!” from the tops of their lungs. We need more magazines like the one on the right.

        • Alantar

          I was just looking this up – in the U.S. the Girl Scouts published a magazine “American Girl” until 1979, which has no connection to the contemporary magazine of that title.

          This is relevant, because this was a twist on a meme comparing a standard teen magazine with the Boy Scout magazine “Boy’s Life”.

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    • Charleysthebest

      There are lots of interest-based magazines. You just have to find them. My daughters were in scouts so they got those big magazine order forms which included every magazine, not just the most popular newsstand ones. They subscribed to things like Psychology Today, Popular Science, and Pointe Magazine (about dance). Most activities and schools are selling magazines right this moment. If they come to your door, instead of doing what most people do (saying no or resubscribing to whatever really popular magazine you already get), look through all the options and get your daughters something they find interesting.

    • S+
    • I might buy it for myself.

  • Anamaria Miehs

    A lovely and ideal concept, however it’s a bit out of place. Adolescence is naturally the age where we are experimenting, we value our peers opinions a lot, we care most about socializing and relationships, sex and love, and doing things that give us passionate and strong feelings. The word career is bland. It implies duty, which is mostly a chore and a bore. We want to be free, different and romantic. I’d rather go on follow your passion, discover your creativity, I’d redefine cool friends from a more wholesome perspective and give lots of experimenting skills ideas. Not many adolescents want to prove teachers and parents they have good grades, unless they want to shut them up. If they do learn, it’s mostly from genuine interest in the subject.

    • Dana F. Hanna

      But they do want to connect

    • Trina Perry

      Wow. Speak for yourself and YOUR shallow friends. My daughter and her friends are doing all of that shallow crap at the same time as discovering a world that values their brains, too.

    • Bobbi

      There are far too many magazines that already address those things. Is it too much to ask for a magazine entitled “Girls’ Life” to reach a little higher, take a different road? A girl’s life is more than makeup and fashion. Those are a part, sure. But shouldn’t make up the entire focus.

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      • What

        Yes. It’s too much to ask. Go publish it yourself. You’ll make plenty of money I’m sure.

      • Anamaria Miehs

        No, it’s not. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about learning and self improvement. But, as What states, it has to sell. It has to attract. If you want educated people, you have to convince them somehow that it’s a cool thing to be educated. Some kids will consider getting an education because their parents are good examples. But what do you do with kids of lesser education or ambition? Admiring pretty clothing is easy for anyone and has impact, because it implies sensory impressions, rather than abstract ideas. Unless thy have learned an inclination towards the latter, there won’t be much interest in such ideas. Maybe photo shootings should focus on teens doing spectacular, exciting jobs? Or add passionate inspirational persuasive articles anyone at that age can relate to? As in… propaganda?

    • Evan

      I feel so sorry for Ms. Miehs. Caught up in what kids ‘want’, in trying to fit ‘what’s cool and groovy’.
      Kids deserve more than that. They deserve adults who will push them into what will develop their skills, their characters, and their capacity to be true strong leaders for the future.

      • Anamaria Miehs

        Ok, Evan. Please tell us what most kids actually want, then…

        • Suzanne M. Lambert

          You’re the one who’s worried about what “kids want” — and the only one who claims to know what every adolescent is interested in.

      • evandaily

        I don’t think Evan’s point here is that he knows what kids want, rather that as adults we tend to focus on that and there are things like he spoke of which I would simply describe as “parenting”.

        I saw a mom I know post pictures on FB of her 3 kids lunches that she packed for school. Three lunch bags full of Oreos, Cheetos and string cheese. She was lamenting about it not being good for them. She wasn’t teaching them what good nutrition looks like and making sure that her kids were eating healthy, she was giving them what they wanted.

        What could she do different and what kind of effect would it have on her kids?

        Extrapolate for the magazine article above….

        • Evan

          Bingo. But I don’t think Ms. Miehs is capable of grasping things like this. She lives in a world where what a kid WANTS is what matters and bowing to the desires of your kid equates to good parenting.
          Like I said, I feel sorry for her.

    • Amy Luna Manderino

      If “adolescence” is “naturally” the age for socializing, sex and love, then why didn’t this month’s cover of Boy’s Life mention those things, too? And why did this month’s cover of Boy’s Life feature all the things you claim “adolescents” don’t find cool? Your views are both ignorant and illogical. Clearly, you drank the gender binary koolaid, lol.

      • Anamaria Miehs

        Yes, Amy, I happen to be a petty ignorant Southeastern European “peasant-minded” cisgender girl, who, although at that age, along with her peers, was preoccupied with exactly what I stated above, we still did most of us manage to get through the stressful and mostly inefficient school system, and actually somehow get our own direction in life and build decent careers, despite a poor system. Back then there was no such thing as career counseling, leadership classes, self-development. Some parents either raged you should do a safe, “reputable” job, maybe unrelated to your skills, or if they did want you be “free”, they didn’t really know how, or bother to teach you to ask yourself honest questions. I stated above, in case you won’t actually re-read my first comment, adolescents should be encouraged to experiment in any domain, including their inclinations and skills, including personal identity, love, sexuality issues. We are humans. We are not work-bots. We also desire pleasure and love, not only glory. It took me personally years of dilligent learning and observation to become a person capable of good work, of good relationships and that also values leisure time, adventures, and fun. I grew up with Bravo Magazines. And from what I see from this Boys’ Life Magazine you suggest, it’s pretty neat. What on Earth would stop a girl from buying it if she likes it? Do you just assume parents or girls won’t buy stuff that has “Boys” written on it?

        • Suzanne M. Lambert

          Funny, because 40+ years ago there was career counseling, leadership classes, and self-development. Maybe you just weren’t paying attention?

          How does the current “Girls’ Life” magazine encourage girls to experiment in any domain? It looks pretty restricted to me.

          You did not seriously just ask, “Do you just assume parents or girls won’t buy stuff that has “Boys” written on it?” You’re just pretending to be obtuse, right?

          • archesh

            Perhaps there were not all those things in Southeastern Europe?

    • Suzanne M. Lambert

      And yet, there are magazines specifically marketed to boys that do all the things you say adolescents don’t want. Are you sure you are talking about all adolescents? Or maybe just your little group of friends?

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  • Christine H

    Please someone create the magazine on the right! My daughters need that in their lives!

  • AmyS

    And this is why I’m scared to enter the world of Girl Scouts with my daughter. My son has been in Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts since he was in 1st grade. They have/will learn all sorts of quality skills for life … my friends with kids in Girl Scouts do lots of crafts and think that camping outside is Icky! I don’t want that for my daughter. Girl Scouts definitely needs an overhaul!!!

    • Lynn Parker

      As a ten-year Girl Scout leader, I have to say it’s totally dependent on the troop leadership. Troops are not given a dictated list of activities that the girls must accomplish. Girl Scouts is extremely decentralized, allowing girls the flexibility to drive their own program and decisions. It’s up to the adults leading the troop to listen and get out of their own comfort zones. My troop was all about the adventures – camping, hiking, white water rafting, ziplining. If you want an active, adventure-oriented troop, by all means, start one. Please. We need more courageous, adventure girls in the world! There is plenty of training to get you up to speed.

      • AmyS

        The decentralization is the biggest thing that confuses me. One of the things I really like about Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts is that kids of all ages are part of the same pack/troop. I don’t understand why a new troop is formed every year for the incoming kids.

        • Lynn Parker

          I felt much the same way as you. My son (two years older than my daughter) went all the way through Boy Scouts, and so I was constantly pondering the differences between the organizations. I liked some parts of the more structured path that BSA leads. But I grew to love the flexibility of GSUSA. If you have a troop that is all about service – awesome – focus on service. If you have a troop that is all about adventure – great – focus on that. It’s a relief to not have to punch any cards to get to the next level. No badges HAVE to be earned, no boxes NEED to be checked. As far as the lack of packs – I agree, it’s different. But it’s that decentralization issue that is a fundamental difference in organizations. I did feel like I was reinventing the wheel, until I networked in my service unit (sort of a pack equivalent, for leaders). Service units should be planning larger group activities (ours did), like overnights or parties or whatever. But because the troops are autonomous, you don’t need to do any of that unless you want to. I’m a huge fan, honestly. The pros far, far outweigh the cons – if you have a troop that challenges girls to grow and experience things out of their comfort zones. There is no other girl-centric organization that comes close to inspiring the courage, confidence, and leadership that GSUSA does. Caveat – with the right leaders in place. You (or any scouting family members) would be ideal candidates to lead.

      • Southern Quaker

        It is, and it isn’t. The badge system in Girl Scouts is very similar to the (original) Girls’ Life cover – lots of fashion and crafts, not so much science or adventure. And we found most of the winter focused on cookie sales – that were driven largely by the council, not the troop. My girls both lost interest very quickly.

    • susyq

      I was a leader for years and we camped, lit fires, learned how to cook and hike. There are some interesting badges now that we ignores like the destress one and the scrapbooking one. We focused on the others. fFind the right leader for you or become one yourself! It’s fun

      • AmyS

        I guess I’m just used to having a curriculum that is centered around getting the kids to go out there and do stuff rather than stay inside and craft! I’m glad to know that the opportunities exist to make it what I want but I feel like GS should be encouraging it’s members to be active outdoors and I definitely don’t get that message from them.

    • Madeline Foss

      Girls Life is NOT published by the Girl Scouts. It’s published by Monarch Services and has nothing to do with the scouting organization!

      • FoxNewsIsntNews

        Madeline is correct. Girls’ Life isn’t published by nor for Girl Scouts. It’s name is only a play on words of Boy Scouts’ Boys Life magazine, but that’s all that there is to the comparison. Girls’ Life is indeed largely a fashion magazine that continues to promote false body images and consumerism to adolescent women. 🙁

        I don’t believe Girl Scouts has a similar publication to the scout’s Boys’ Live magazine at this time Here’s a link to their Publications Page.

    • lumpesse

      On a national level, the Girl Scouts is a progressive and empowering organization. I had an amazing troop leader when I was a girl. However, it does largely depend on the troop leader since they determine what activities the group will focus on. You have to remember that centralization hasn’t really been a great thing for the Boy Scouts since they prominently banned LGBT scouts and leaders.

    • Karl Hutchense

      My daughter tried GS for 3 years. She saw all of the cool things that her brother got to do in Boy Scouts, so she gave up on it. She wanted to switch to Boy Scouts, but of course, they wouldn’t allow it. She did do the Pinewood Derby two years (actually won her age group the second year). After that, they didn’t let sisters of scouts participate anymore. Buncha sexist bullcrap. She wants to code, build robots, go geocaching, and camping in the woods, NOT sitting around making another stupid, useless craft!!!! So we started letting her tagalong with her brother on scouting field trips (we chaperoned and brought her with us). She is content to be involved in the much more interesting activities, doesn’t give a toot about the badges.

      • iluvaxo

        It’s up to the leader what the troop does when they are younger. When they are older, they get to decide. If you’ve been challenging them, they will choose to be adventurous when they are older (and the girly girls will drop out). I’ve had my troop since Kindergarten, and they are now in High School. I refused to take them to Build a Bear, Disneyland, etc. They camp, travel to places that they would never see, take self-defense classes, etc. If you didn’t like what was going on in your daughter’s troop, you could volunteer and make a difference not just for her, but for other girls. Male can be GS leaders. Go for it, Karl! : )

        • Karl Hutchense

          You are a rarity. Those girls will benefit immensely from your support. A lot of the girls in our troop didn’t like to get wet, cold or dirty. (eyeroll). So we did our own family and friends adventures and activities instead. The GS ship has sailed, and we are now consumed with competitive swimming.

        • Sheldonsmum

          I was a troop leader for my girls too, and a 4-H leader too. You are right, if the leader is doing it right, the girls will want to do amazing stuff if given the time to think about what they’d like to do. My troop was limited to 12 girls and I had to turn people away everyday, I mean EVERYDAY. There is a severe shortage of Girl Scout leaders, everyone who is concerned about messages young girls hear should take the time to find out if there is something they can contribute to a local troop. Maybe a donation, maybe give a lesson in something you’re very skilled at, every Girl Scout troop must have a “first aider” at all troop meetings and events. A first aider is any person who has passed the Red Cross’ first aid safety course, is certified in CPR and takes the time to fill out a few pieces of paper to be on file with the local troop. There are any ways to help. And honestly I don’t ever remember either one of my kids using a “paper” magazine. I’m kind of surprised that they even bother to publish non digital versions of any of the,…..

      • Worldwalker

        Some years ago, the GS troop in my hometown was looking for an adult with outdoor experience to be a leader/instructor on overnight camping trips. I talked to the leaders. I figured I’d teach the girls everything from what to do when lost to basic woodcraft. The leaders wanted to haul along construction paper and pipecleaners to teach “crafts” around the campfire. Yeah. Go out in the woods to make paper flowers. They decided to rethink the whole outdoors issue. Probably those girls are still meeting in a church basement and making paper flowers.

    • Sheldonsmum

      Girl Scouts is NOTHING like the fluffed up version of the actual Girls Life magazine. Girl Scout troops are led by the interests of the girls in the troop. When I was a Girl Scout leader, my girls built furniture from recycled materials, they renovated at community room at the church that allowed us to use their premises for Girl Scouting activities. They designed and made window treatments for the room,they used an opaque projector to make a design on the walls and painted what was essentially an indoor mural, they also learned yoga, how to garden, how to prepare a camp meal, how to make pasta from flour and water, how to use food scraps to make all natural dyes for clothing or hair, they had two classes with women who were herbalists, aromatherapists, and soap-makers. They visited different campiness finding out what types of jobs they did there and what they needed to do educationally in order to get some of the jobs they were interested in, they visited a cake decorator, a horse breeder/trainer, an artist, a yoga teacher and a massage therapist. We never ever once discussed hair, makeup, boys, or how to become more popular. Wow when I read this, I see that I was an amazing fire scout leader. No wonder my daughters are so awesome….

  • luckless pedestrian

    Raise your kids as people not “kids.” Ask their opinions on things throughout the day. Let them decide where to eat lunch one day. (Then tell them why that’s not a good idea!). You’ll be surprised at some of the things you hear. That’s how I raised my daughter (single Father) and now, at 24 years of age, she has a pretty good handle on things.

    • Suzanne M. Lambert

      Congratulations on missing the point entirely.

  • Mary Mantelli I’d buy a subscription to your magazine if it was like this for my school library and each of my tween/teen

  • Karl Hutchense

    Girls Life blows! Disgusting, sexist, brainwashing trash!

  • archesh

    I can only speak for myself. When I was in grade school/junior high/high school my whole life revolved around getting good grades, extracurricular activities, etc. I wore a uniform and no makeup. I dated very little. Sure wasn’t having sex. By the way, this was only in the nineties, not the fifties. I was just too bookish to have a social life. So I read magazines like Seventeen for novelty, and a glimpse into a world other than my own. I liked fashion then and still do. I didn’t want to finish hours of homework and pick up a magazine about careers and study tips. I wanted escape.

    • jrwlsju

      You sound like your were a sane kid.

  • Uschi

    But what image does that promote? Work hard, do your best, be the best, get good grades, please your parents – and for goodness sake – DON’T EVER BE YOURSELF, because if you are, you might slack off and won’t live up to your parents’ and community’s expectations, so be a good girl, buy the magazine to find out how you can better yourself!

    • Suzanne M. Lambert

      Best. YOU. Ever.

      Live YOUR Dreams.

      YOUR dream career.

      Take the stage for SELF expression.

      MIss the big shot and still win.

      Did you miss all of those? How does the original promote anything other than self-hatred? Living up to society’s expectations for women?

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  • Rayv

    There are other girl empowerment magazines. The guy was comparing a boy scout magazine to a grocery store trash mag. It only went viral because people don’t research. Just as the Girls life trash mag exists so does Maxim and JFH.

    • Duke_of_Zork

      “It only went viral because people don’t research.”

      Boy, if that isn’t the Quote of the Day.

      But people are trained these days to make a snap judgment based on a sentence or a bumper sticker, and discouraged from thinking more deeply about it, lest they learn something they don’t want to know, or find that the people they hate don’t deserve it quite as much as they thought.

      These same people will post sentences or bumper stickers about how everyone is stupid except them. You’re supposed to think that this anti-intellectual approach to everything is the opposite of what it is.

      • Kellea Martin LeSage

        While this is certainly true, and I whole-heartedly agree with the sentiment…it misses the point, I think. Upon my own further research, when trying to find boys magazines that give the same style of articles as the Girls Life, I came up empty.

        Comments here talk about how there are empowering magazines for girls, too – but no one remembers the names of them – I surmise it’s because media does not promote them like they promote the trash.

        The unfortunate reality is that there are tons (most?) of magazines that focus entirely on this crap mention in the article, and very few empowering magazines. On the other side, there are tons of empowering magazines for boys and none (that I was able to find) that anywhere on the cover even mention similar topics for boys. Men, yes – maxim, esquire, men’s health, even. But not for boys, telling them as they grow up, that the most important thing is waking up hot for girls.

    • Suzanne M. Lambert

      So, where’s the boys’ equivalent of Girls’ Life, then?

    • Kellea Martin LeSage

      Maxim, etc is for men. Where are the BOYS magazines that are similar?

    • SkippyFlipjack

      Maxim is marketed to men. Girl’s Life is marketed to kids. Don’t they deserve a little more protection?

  • Cathy Johnson

    YES. Shared on my page…poor girls, with that kind of pressure to be pretty, popular, but shallow.

  • blablara

    I agree with most of the one on the right except for the substitution of making friends and having fun with getting better grades. Why not all three? Friendships are incredibly important throughout life, and without fun, what’s the point? Fun is mental health. Fun is not shallow. By replacing it as a goal with high achievement, you’re simply substituting one set of reasons for young women to feel bad about themselves with another. “BEST YOU”?? That’s suggesting your existing persona isn’t good enough. Give the kids a break.

    • Suzanne M. Lambert

      The only reason you see that as a “substitution” is because you are comparing it with the original cover. Drama is fun. Doing good is fun. Friends can be made through both. Leaving your own dreams — what makes you think that have fun and friends is not among those dreams?

      “Best you” is suggesting that YOU are good enough. Be the best YOU; don’t emulate someone else — and don’t let anyone else tell you what your dreams and goals must be, or define for you what is “fun” and what is not.

  • Wish I had a magazine like he one on the right. As a teenager I felt total alienation as I wasn’t that interested in fashion and make-up etc … however I had no idea of what COULD be a potential future career/vocation/job for me. My “careers” officer at school pointed to factory and shop work – neither of which appealed. I wanted to do something interesting, but had no idea where to begin.
    It was assumed by schools and even my parents that I’d work at menial jobs, get married and produce kids by 21! I ended up in nursing instead and my dad had be labeled “spinster” by 23.
    I think had there been more access to literature (“The Jackie” was the teen mag of the early 70s for me) that had information that didn’t box me in, then perhaps I could have done some things I’d never realised were available to me until I was much, much older.

  • NA

    Why is this idea limited to girls; why not inspire every kid to be better?

    • Heather

      Because there’s already a boys magazine like this.

      • NA

        What’s it called?

        • ophmarketing

          Please tell me you’re kidding.

          • NA

            I’m not kidding. That’s why I asked.

          • ophmarketing

            It’s called Boys’ Life. The current issue, for example, has articles about exploring, hiking, careers, crafts, healthy eating, studying for tests…

          • NA

            Thanks. I looked this up. It seems to be published by the Boy Scouts of America (since 1911). Girls’ Life seems to be independently published since 1984.

            As someone correctly pointed out above, this is a comparison between something that’s been around for over a century to a trash magazine. Perhaps one can contact the Girl Scouts of America for a remedy?

          • Suzanne M. Lambert

            Meaning that for more than a century, boys have been encouraged to explore and develop their own interests, aspire to a wide variety of careers, achieve academically, personally and professionally, while girls . . . are still waiting.

            Or maybe someone could create a mock-up of an equivalent girls’ magazine to bring public attention to the problem?

          • NA

            The circulation of Boy’s Life in 2016 is barely 1 million. If a magazine is the ultimate decider between who is and isn’t encouraged to be better, there’s a broader problem at play.

          • Nathan Flatus

            Are modern children of *any* sex reading print magazines any more? I feel like we are arguing about what kind of messages our kids are getting from the telegraph.

          • MarkJeffries

            Isn’t that American Girl?

  • Landis Cole

    The girl on the right looks like a real teenage girl should look, and she’s so much more genuine, innocent and beautiful in every way the other girl is not.

    • MarkJeffries

      For those who don’t know, the other girl on the left is Disney Channel sitcom star Olivia Holt.

      • Shy

        Enhanced by Photoshop.

  • David Rice

    up pretty” made me want to puke. That’s the expected, mandated life of
    girls— always be pretty. (Urge to kill rising…..)

    • Obviously…

      Celebrate bed head!

    • thohan

      That’s actually the only article I’m interested in. When I wake up, I look like I had been interrogated by Chinese gangsters. It takes a while for my face to re-hydrate. If they know something…

      • Dr_Watson

        Step 1: Be attractive

        Step 2: Don’t not be attractive

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  • :Donna Marie

    I couldn’t agree more!

  • Frank Adam Brenner

    Brilliant. Nicely done.

  • Cheryl Nelson

    It seems like a lot of people are pointing out that Girls’ Life is just ONE magazine, and there totally are empowering girls’ magazines out there that no one can quite remember the name of. True, probably. I assume there are empowering girls’ magazines, even if no one seems to remember what they’re called. I’m sure they exist.

    So, flip that. How many boys’ magazines are there about waking up pretty?

    • jrwlsju

      If I remember my “Boy’s Life” magazine from my youth, it was mostly about camping, and arts and crafts. In fact, if you survey most boys magazines, they are about sports and frivolous adventure. In other words, they are RECREATIONAL. The magazine on the right seems too much like “eat your kale, it’s good for you.” You don’t always have to try to take over the world all the time. It’s OK to be frivolous sometimes.

      • SkippyFlipjack

        Yeah but, is there anything about the magazine cover on the left that’s NOT frivolous?

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  • gramma2seventeen

    Really would it be so difficult to actually make a magazine like this?? This would be amazing- I will subscribe to 10 for each grand daughter

    • TK

      Here is the magazine for your grand daughters, I just Googled and found it easily: Discovery Girl Magazine! It’s
      described as: “the best life and advice periodical for your daughter.
      Features that will help her learn from her mistakes, deal with
      disappointments, navigate friendship difficulties and many other
      character and confidence building articles!” Just what you’re all
      looking for, so I think you should all subscribe today! #PowerOfShe

  • maureenc

    You want to know the sad thing? Twenty years ago (when I was twelve) Girls’ Life was 60% the cover on the right, 40% the cover of the left. It talked about girls who did cool things, and friendship issues, and yes, some fashion and boy stuff, because many preteen girls are also interested in those things. It was a pretty good mix, IMO.

    • SGA2

      In the early 1960’s girls’ magazines in the UK were entirely like the one on the right, with stories of adventurous young women pilots etc.

    • Angela T.

      Yes, the 80s were even more progressive- despite the usual challenges, a girl in the 80s wouldn’t imagine the kind of rampant treatment going today in media/online concerning them

  • Nick Burgoyne

    You all say you want the one on the right, but if that’d really sell, it’d be being produced already. Market forces dictate what is produced; if there was suffiicient market for this magazine, it’d already exist.

    People want to by ‘lifestyle’ and ‘aspiration’. Only a very small percentage of people care about intelligence or doing good works. Most people just want to see who’s shagging who or what Brittney looks like when she nips down to the 7-11 for a pack of biscuits and some Marlboros without her makeup on. Not good, not what ‘we’ would like but true 🙁

    • Suzanne M. Lambert

      How do you know that it won’t sell? It’s never been produced, let alone marketed.

      So why does Boys’ Life sell so well? Maybe you need to expand your magazine reading.

      • jrwlsju

        Looks like you have an opportunity to become a millionaire, Suzanne. Why don’t you produce it?

  • Concerned Person

    I saw a couple of posts peeps asking about a good magazines for young women. Maybe a couple options? I did a quick search and saw these two. Seems that there may be some good magazines out there. Of course I haven’t read them

  • Beth Anne

    I would actually subscribe to the ‘NEW’ and definitely improved version of the Girl’s Life mag for my daughter instead of Ranger Rick. If they also published a magazine similar for boys I would subscribe to that for my son instead of our Highlights subscription.

  • Obviously…

    I would have loved a girls’ magazine like the one on the right when I was a kid. And a a family and school environment that helped me understand how to use my talents and accomplish my goals.

  • Obviously…

    When I was a kid, I inherited “Calling All Girls” magazines from the early 1960s from my aunt. I couldn’t put them down. Articles about how to do things, the “Was my face red!” column, short stories, and crafts. It was an “every girl” kind of magazine. It evolved into Young Miss during the late 1970s, but it didn’t last long. No, Glamour was our go-to magazine on how to live in the 1970s and early 1980s.

  • ..thus guaranteeing the end of a girls fashion magazine. While I agree there ought to be such a magazine…I doubt if any interested girls would be spending/reading the empowering printed product. Online, more likely anyway.

  • Do you guys somehow think these kids are reading magazines, at all? Unless in a waiting room of a doctor’s office or something, not likely.

  • David Harris

    Even cynical marketing people with no social conscience whatever should be smart enough to realize that the magazine depicted on the right would SELL. I’d buy it for my daughters and probably read it myself.

  • Pixyst

    I agree with everything except the poor photography on the right.

    • JustTheFactsMa’am


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  • Blake Cerisano

    Putting her graphic “skills” to work …

    • JustTheFactsMa’am

      We eagerly welcome your artistic submission.

      • Blake Cerisano

        It’s the white text background that is a big no-no in graphic arts. So either she isn’t skilled … or her teachers don’t teach properly. One or the other.

  • superbad2011

    Great message. But for a graphic designer, she can’t select designer’s fonts, or kern worth shit. Did she make this in Microsoft Word?

  • salimbag

    I’m still appalled, just a little less so. The new cover is still pretty thin compared to the Boy’s Life cover that inspired this discussion. It’s still kind of feel-goody and primarily emotionally supportive in a way that, to me, reinforces feminine stereotypes, just different ones. Compare that to the “harder” STEM cover of Boy’s Life.

  • Peter G

    Yes and why isn’t there the one on the right?

  • James

    Wow, how embarrassing Girls Life!

  • Mary Gene Caldwell Beheler

    I’ll be 70 in another couple of months. I remember reading Boy’s Life when I was a kid. My uncle, only 2 years older than I was, had a subscription. I also enjoyed Popular Mechanics and Popular Science. (I read wall paper if it has words on it.)
    I took 3 years of technical electronics in high school, only one of two girls in the class. I entered college as an engineering major – 300 guys and me in the freshman engineering orientation class. I wasn’t able to finish, but I did use what I learned to get a job as a drafter, eventually designing printed circuit boards.
    Mom taught me to embroider, sew, cook, clean, and Dad had me gardening, hunting, mowing the lawn, working on the car, and dismantling an old house to salvage its wood to build a garage. He had me “figuring the rafters,” checking the hypotenuse of the foundation to see if it was square, and even installing the garage roof when I was 12 and 13. (Did the math without a calculator, just pencil and paper. I never had to ask, “What good is math?” Cooking and building took care of that question.)
    Somehow, my parents managed to never utter the words, “You can’t do that; you are a girl.” So, even with the The Reader’s Digest publishing stories explaining how girls couldn’t (or very rarely at least) be good in math and science. I decided that
    since I was a girl, and I was good at math and science, the guy writing
    the article didn’t know much. And when I heard a few whispers in the high school that I must be “queer,” I decided those students didn’t know much, either.
    So, parents, maybe _you_ will have more influence over your child, of any gender, than some magazine, in print, or online. Be careful what you teach them.
    And visit your local library’s magazine section. You and your child can sample oodles of different magazines, for free. Maybe one will be worth subscribing to.
    And when a local library or museum has a used book sale, the selection of magazines may include some you will see nowhere else, because many magazines cater to a particular industry, occupation, or rare hobby. Some will be practically new, others will be old. Some might even be in a foreign language!
    Life consists of more than team sports, dancing lessons, and fashion. Go sample!

  • We must ask ourselves “Which One Would Donald Trump Date?”

  • salimbag

    The new cover is the modern equivalent of “you can be a teacher or a nurse!” Better than having a housewife as the only option, but still sexist, but more subtly. Boys are the engineers and astronauts and run the world. Girls run the nonprofits and worry about their self-image.

  • Scott Dodds

    The new cover is the modern equivalent of “you can be a teacher or a nurse!” Better than having a housewife as the only option, but still sexist, but more subtly. Boys are the engineers and astronauts and run the world. Girls run the nonprofits and worry about their self-image.

  • It’s all about money. Advertisers want to sell their stuff, so they want to run ads in media that promotes “a certain life-style” and kids fall for it. Hell, we ALL fall for it; men, women, children, Martians; it doesn’t matter. Know when you’re being manipulated, and you’ve taken the first step.

  • Jeni

    both if these magazines are great for young girls. Very positive

  • At first glance, on my little phone, unable to read the copy, I thought this was merely a redesign and thought to myself “Gee, that cover on the left is so much better designed than the one on the right.” Then I read the article. While I totally agree with Katherine’s content choices, I didn’t think it was possible to make the cover even more poorly designed than the original, but Katherine did just that. With no sense of scale, bad cropping and no respect for typography (and those horrible little white boxes!) I’m amazed she calls herself a graphic designer.

  • johnsang

    As the husband and unpaid helper to my publisher wife I have some insight that may apply here. My wife publishes a regional free monthly parenting magazine. It is extremely difficult to distribute enough magazines to keep your circulation up to a point where advertisers are interested. You can have the best articles and the best intentions in the world but if you can’t keep your circulation up, you are a goner. Many advertisers these days put a lot of energy into the internet and marketing via Facebook etc. Many believe that print is passe so it is tough to figure out what will attract enough people to pick up the magazine or subscribe if that is your distribution model. Advertising sales is what sustains both free and subscription magazines, so your articles must conform to what they think is important (or attractive) to their marketing model.

  • What I find a shame is that if a young woman is academically gifted, she gets her photo taken by an amateur with a low-grade phone camera in terrible light. Why can’t we have magazines like the one on the right, but also with some production values? I don’t mean the subject needs to be made pretty, girly or like a model, but good photography shows respect to the subject and makes the publication more appealing and indeed inspiring! I agree, stereotyping needs reigning in though, for magazines aimed at both sexes.

    • DominicBruysPorter

      I think you pretty much hit it.
      The problem is exacerbated when magazines or whatever that are in the habit of making models and actors their stock in trade, decide to overcompensate by applying the same corrupted overdone methods to the “less common” subjects it comes off as so broken people pull away.
      Somehow Amy Schumer’s shot from the Pirelli calendar has managed to stick around past the gimicks of Sports Illustrated’s olympian swimsuit issue. It’s a damn shame because there are loads of people out there who know how to make good photos of writers, and scientists and athletes

  • Seileach Corleigh

    There’s New Moon, internet forum as well as magazine:

  • Seileach Corleigh

    Also, on Facebook, A Mighty Girl has lots of great inspiring posts as well as their catalog of books, movies, etc.

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  • There are plenty of good magazines for girls out there: Cricket, Muse, Spider, Cobblestone, Faces, American Girl, Discovery Kids – you just need to look. Unfortunately, there will always be fashion magazines that pander to the shallowest aspect of our society. And that is because there is a market. But there are plenty of good things out there for girls but we as parents need to steer them towards that and away from the Girl’s Life and Seventeen magazines.

    • Augustus

      I think the one of the issues here is also the name of the magazines you mentioned. If you told me that ym daughters would like “Cricket, Muse, Spider, Cobblestone” I wouldn’t know what you were talking about. You say Girl’s Life, and it’s pretty straightforward. That’s how most people think, they don’t.

  • Chava Malka Cooper

    while i like the idea, i’m not impressed with that graphic designer…

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  • magasine person

    i need this in my life

  • wottabout

    As an occasional graphic designer, I too am somewhat appalled. I appreciate the sentiment and I know I’m late to the party, but here’s my reinterpretation.

    • Ingeborg Nordén

      Now THIS is the magazine I would have bought in high school, if someone had published it. Not too shallow, not too preachy, aimed at many kinds of girls who want many things. Plus this cover looks more professionally designed than the mock-up in the original article.

  • AMC

    Great mags for girls, if you like the one on the right, are Kazoo and New Moon. Both are avail as print and PDF, and include a membership to the site. Kazoo just started and is a quarterly mag, you can buy single issue or subscribe. New Moon for Girls has been around awhile, and you can buy back issues too

  • dr deb

    this is training them to buy the same genre of rag-mag when they grow up like PEOPLE and IN STYLE, I call it JUNK FOOD for the SOUL and wouldn’t allow my girls to read it, I also advise my dentist etc, to get rid of them in the waiting room.If we didn’t buy them, they wouldn’t publish this garbage. Boycott this UNempowered junk for our young women and they will stop cramming it down our throats.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Bring back National Lampoon.

  • A. You’re absolutely right. B. Mobile version of the site is cutting off one character on the right margin, fyi.

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  • David

    This magazine cover will give children bad ideas!

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  • suruha

    I cannot believe how Katherine Young’s design has been blasted in these comments! It isn’t about the design as much as it is about the message, people! Don’t you realize our children pick up on this attitude, as well!? Would you want to read such comments when all you did was try to send a message?! Set an example! Look for the good in people! And pass THAT on to the next generation, not how bad a design is or isn’t!
    Thank you, Katherine!!

    • ML

      Right, but some small minds don’t care about the message, they just look at the “purty pictures”….

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  • jay m

    I suspect that Young’s design was a quick paste-up and proof of concept. On that level, and to illustrate the point about messaging, it is just fine. Heartfelt well-wishes on getting better messages to pre-teens and teens.

  • Crazylegsmurphy

    Here is the thing. These magazines aren’t mandatory to purchase. They exist because there is a market…the free market. Anyone is welcome to create a magazine based on what they feel “should” be out there. If their version does better and outsells the other, then great.

    The problem here is that some people seem to think that one of these covers is better than the other, but that is subjective. The reader of the original magazine may enjoy the articles, and who are you to say otherwise?

    Perhaps the solution isn’t to shame companies into bending to what you personally believe is the perfect magazine, but to either create your own (anyone should be able to with the internet today), or support the many magazines that do cater to different tastes.

    Let people make their own minds up about what they like and want to read. Put all the ideas out there and allow the best ones to rise to the top.

    And for those of you who are going to argue that the original magazine teaches girls the wrong messages, to that I say, you are the problem. There are so many stupid women’s magazines on the shelves today because women keep buying them. Women keep pouring billions of dollars into these stupid Dr. Oz, Oprah, Fashion magazines.

    These magazines and stereotypes exist because women continue to support them. These companies don’t force you or your daughters to purchase these things, they make them available. If you’re too weak minded or weak willed to not purchase them, that….is on you.

    On a side note. I am also a graphic designer. The redone design is crap for a bunch of reasons.

    • Millsy Mills

      Agree with all of this (although the last sentence was prob a bit unnecessary – she may have rushed it?)

      But yes – don’t like them don’t buy them. Problem solved. They only make them that way because that’s what people buy!

      • Charles Fibonacci

        It could just as easily be the other the way around – people buy them because that’s what is there. This whole “free market” bullshit looks good on paper but is ultimately a weak non-ideology, a convenient excuse to avoid taking any actual position which reveals itself in the selfish empty mess which the US has become and where the rest of the neoliberal world is headed. Well, you get what you pay for, which is why Americans think Ayn Rand is literature and Trump is your president.

        • Millsy Mills

          Wouldn’t think so Charles. I certainly don’t buy shitty women’s magazines “just because they are there”. I don’t buy something unless I want it. How about you?

          What you call “free market bullshit” is actually just how it works.

          • Charles Fibonacci

            As I said, a way to avoid having any actual position, illustrated perfectly on cue, thanks.

          • Millsy Mills

            I notice you avoided my question Charles. Interesting.

          • Charles Fibonacci

            Not interesting, boring. But I’ll answer anyway. I don’t buy anything I don’t want to buy, but just in case you are as naive as you come across, young people are extremely impressionable by nature, and magazines that continue to portray girls as pathetically as ‘Girls Life’ do damage in the real world, because that’s “actually just how it works”. This is a girls’ magazine, not a women’s magazine, as you state. BIG difference. But to use your reasoning: don’t like the criticism? Don’t read it.

          • Millsy Mills

            The comment “in case you are just as naive as you come across” is really unnecessary and makes you look childish and insecure.

            I’ve been reading your comments because you’re speaking directly to me – you replied to my comment. Magazines, however, are not speaking to anyone directly.

            Your point that it’s different for children’s magazines is valid though. So how do you suggest we change it?

          • MH

            Father of two teen girls here that are very much in the demographic of that magazine. I don’t let them buy those magazines. I do buy them Make, Outdoor Life, Runners World, Bicycle, Astronomy and a couple computer magazines on occasion although we do not subscribe to any of them. Guess what, my daughters like to build things, run, hike,ride bikes, and are in a robotics club. Simple, don’t buy the magazine if you don’t like it.

          • Charles Fibonacci

            Sure, but that doesn’t preclude criticism, sorry. If feminists hadn’t spent the last century criticizing gender stereotyping and limiting social conventions, your daughters wouldn’t even be allowed in the robotics club.

          • Crazylegsmurphy

            Because women can’t start robotics clubs open to everyone?

          • DominicBruysPorter

            They couldn’t. No. It’s because people worked on that that your snark has anything to stand on at all. Just because Ada Lovelace was in a position to make Babage’s Difference Engine into something useful, doesn’t mean any other woman had that kind of privilege. Your argument sounds like “it sure is cool that people produce rubbish and get paid for it”

          • Crazylegsmurphy

            This isn’t 1872.

            It is 2017. If a woman wants to make a magazine for girls, go for it. Let the free market decide which is better. Also, if you’re a woman and the nasty boys won’t let you into their club, start your own club and invite everyone.

          • Rachelle Guge Hodges

            You are an involved, caring parent. Not every girl is so lucky to have someone to guide them like you are guiding your daughters.

          • Crazylegsmurphy

            So, basically what you’re saying is that you’ve forced them to adopt what you like, and denied them the opportunity to decide what they like?

            Sounds like you’ve done nothing but swung the pendulum the other way. You’ve demonized “pretty things” because you think Astronomy is a more worthy focus.

            My first career was a make-up artist, but I also really enjoy science. I made a lot of money making people look different (yes, sometimes pretty), but I also made money creating art that was based on science.

            Perhaps, there is something to be said for exposing kids to as much as possible, and allowing them to decided what they enjoy. Sure, it might not be what you enjoy, but that is what happens with individual thought.

            I do agree with your last statement. Don’t buy the magazine if you don’t like it. Just be sure you’re giving them a fair opportunity not to like it.

        • Crazylegsmurphy

          Trump is not my president because I am not a US citizen, nor does that have any relevance here.

          The free market works. Go into any Chapters or Coles and look at the insane amount of magazines on the shelf that any individual is free to pickup, read, and purchase.

          If a young girl chooses, of her own free will, “Girls Life” magazine, amongst all the others, well….maybe that is simply what she is into.

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    • David Davidson

      Instead of all that bullshit you just posted, I would like to read why you think the redo is ‘crap’.

      • Crazylegsmurphy

        Terrible fonts. Bad kerning. White background behind fonts. Busy background. Bad photo. Font spacing issues. Try-hard text rewrites. Questionable color choices.

        • MuñozMN

          So, you’re going to dismiss the messaging, because Young’s quick paste-up was, design-wise, imperfect?

          But on another point, your “free market” argument is a complete cop out. Nothing about how society constructs gender expectations can ever change, because all that matters is what sells, and because girls have been conditioned to expect and buy the ‘pretty girly’ tropes, that’s what sells. Your argument is tautological. Sloppy logic is bad, you know.

          • Crazylegsmurphy

            Yes. If the “designer” can’t be bothered to spend the time creating a proper mock-up, why would I spend my time caring?

            To your second point. So what you’re basically saying is that women/girls are too stupid/ignorant to think for themselves?

            You’re saying that these magazines sell because despite there being alternatives to the “pretty girly” trope, they continue to purchase them because they simply can’t reason for themselves, or the pressure is simply too much.

            Bullshit. There are a billion “mens health” magazines out there and I don’t purchase any of them. Why? Because despite there being societal pressure to be a certain way, I am an individual with my own thoughts, and I know well enough to know if I support that nonsense, it will continue to exist.

            I feel that women are just as capable as me of making these choices, and I think thinking less of them is disrespectful. Perhaps….have you ever considered that maybe some women/girls actually LIKE these magazines? Or does that not fit with your narrative?

          • MuñozMN

            You continue to cop out. You’re lazy.

          • Crazylegsmurphy

            Just because I don’t agree, doesn’t mean I am copping out. Simply, I think individuals are intelligent enough not to purchase these magazines. If you believe otherwise, that is on you.

          • ML

            It is up to adults to provide children and teens with healthy food, medical care, sensible (not too revealing) clothing, and appropriate reading material….kids are half baked and they will grow up to be whatever the adults feed them in most cases. So why feed any of the girls the silly nonsense in the first mag when there are so many other things they could be reading about. Those girls will choose based on what their childish minds perceive as popular, or where they are led by peer pressure in many cases. More appropriate choices, especially when sold as “Girls LIFE” seem necessary.

          • Crazylegsmurphy

            I agree with you. The difference is I would go one step further and provide access to magazines such as girls life as well. No one ever benefited in this world by being cutoff from information.

            Allow girls/boys the ability to be exposed to such things, and be there for them to help think critically about what they see. Yes, they might actually adopt a hip new hairstyle, but who is to say that isn’t a worthy interest?

          • Rachelle Guge Hodges

            You are an ADULT with life experience. Of course you can make the decision not to buy what you know is crap. Girls who are in elementary and middle school do not a) have those experiences and b) may not have parents that care enough to help them make those decisions. Peer and societal pressure will impact you, an adult male, vastly different than female children.

          • Crazylegsmurphy

            True, societal pressure will impact me differently, but because I believe girls/women to be equal to boys/men, I have faith they are intelligent enough to reason and form their own opinions.

          • Rachelle Guge Hodges

            WOMEN…yes. But you can’ t honestly think that a girl, say 10, in the fifth grade, who does not have the luxury of a parental figure who cares enough to help her make sound choices, will have a disadvantage over one that does…can you? It takes a vast amount of positive influences to help a girl that age sift through these tough issues before they will have the self-confidence and discernment needed to make those decisions. It is not an inate, natural ability.

          • DominicBruysPorter

            also, aren’t the ones buying subscriptions to these magazines.

            To propose a fix rather than harping on about this trash, can we suggest people buy subscriptions to Rookie, instead of “Girls’ Life” ?

          • Crazylegsmurphy

            I propose we give our kids the tools of critical thought, then subject them to as much as possible. Then, allow them the freedom to use those tools to make up their own minds about what they feel and like.

          • NoOneYouKnow

            I think you mean, “simplistically.”

          • Erik Denning

            You aren’t copping out. You’re just naive. Looking “hot” is pounded into girls minds from early childhood. Sexy women crawling around in underwear, if that, on billboards, hamburger commercials with sauce dripping onto sluts in bikinis, dolls with preposterously unrealistic and unobtainable figures, fat shaming and devaluing overweight people, pop tarts prancing around the stage, grinding and moaning… They’re indoctrinated from birth with the notion that their value is in their appearance. A study found that little girls thought the most important trait for a girl is being “nice”. Not smart, creative, or strong. Nice. Compliant. Conforming. You can’t put all the blame on parents. This garbage is EVERYWHERE and impossible to avoid. Do you really believe little girls should be smart enough to recognize this poison for what it is?

            I’m guessing you are young, male, and don’t have a daughter.

          • Crazylegsmurphy

            So it appears what you’re saying is that being attractive is bad, and that individuals are not intelligent enough to be able to form their own opinions.

            It also seems like there are no adults in the world that can help kids navigate these things and so we leave it up to the magazines on the shelf to teach our kids what they should like.

            I do think little girls are smart enough. My niece is bombarded by a billion things each day. She tries things, questions things, and eventually forms her own opinion. Do I always agree with that opinion? No, but that is for her to decide.

            The best I can do is provide her with as much information as I can, teach her how to think critically about the world, and then leave it in her capable hands to decide what is best for her.

          • Username 11:11

            Thank you brother. Common sense in the world has nearly vanished! This generation is the most brainwashed mentally enslaved divided generation. The money magic system itself is what creates most the problems as we slowly decline as a society.

    • NoOneYouKnow

      Let me guess–you work on “Ayn Rand Monthly.” Did it occur to you that these women perpetuate these stereotypes, and buy these magazines, because it was what they were exposed to as kids? And that “being pretty is the only thing that matters” is the message they got, loud and clear, as acceptable, while being smart obviously wasn’t? Do you think women in certain countries perpetuate FMG because they think it’s a great idea on its own?
      Young girls, like boys, are extremely suggestible. They’re just figuring out who they are and what society expects of them. For the most part, they’re herd animals. Crap like “Girls’ Life” lets them know they should be pretty only, unlike boys. It’s fucked because it helps deprive society of the energy and brains that many girls and women could bring to it. I suspect that’s part of the reason “Girls’ Life” exists.

      • Crazylegsmurphy

        ..and yet….many of us grow up to form our own opinions and such. Personally, I find it disheartening that you have such a low opinion of humans in general. No room for individual thought in your narrative it would seem.

        • DominicBruysPorter

          well, sometimes, the trolls and the slugs do a very good job of destroying faith in humanity.

    • Augustus

      I think your attitude is crap for many reasons.

      • Crazylegsmurphy


    • Walt

      Ahh, the voice of reason. Free will is a simple concept but so is oppression. Let people make their own mistakes. It’s called learning.

    • DominicBruysPorter

      wait what? “The problem here is that some people seem to think that one of these covers is better than the other” how about you use the logic that got you here in the first place to dissect what’s going on. I take it from your tone that you believe that a customer’s right/ability to choose is the deciding factor in what people spend money on.
      You can’t give with one hand and take with the other. But that’s what’s going on here. Assume you have two children, one male one female, and you get them each a subscription to _____s’ Life, you’d be effectively encouraging your daughter to be an Oprah/Cosmo buyer, and your boy to be a good person. You don’t see anything wrong with that?

      • Crazylegsmurphy

        “I take it from your tone that you believe that a customer’s right/ability to choose is the deciding factor in what people spend money on. ”


        “Assume you have two children, one male one female, and you get them each a subscription to _____s’ Life, you’d be effectively encouraging your daughter to be an Oprah/Cosmo buyer, and your boy to be a good person. You don’t see anything wrong with that?”

        I don’t see why those are the only choices, or why I couldn’t provide my boy access to “Girls Life” as well. You’re making subjective assumptions that one is good and one is bad.

  • Bethany Nelson

    I think the whole concept of having a “Boys'” and a “Girls'” life should be dropped and have a “Teens’ Life” instead. Especially if the general consensus seems to be that the front page on the right is more popular. The stories appearing on it are in no way only things that only apply to girls – everything the girls do in the community can apply to both genders; grades, health and happiness articles are things both genders should be exposed to. The same way articles in the boys’ magazine about camping, hiking, video games and jokes/comics etc are also things both gender should be exposed to.

    Plus – 1 magazine to publish is half the work, but also a much better, more modern idea where girls and boys and anything in between or round the edges should all have the same oppotunities.

    • Kit

      I think that there can be a different magazine for different sexes. I just want the girls life magazine to focus on the good hearts and brains of the girls. I would also want to see a magazine for boys that focuses on them becoming artists and expressing their emotions. I love American Girl magazine as it does focus on girls of strength and their place in history. I would only want such great books for boys too.

      Boys and girls ARE very very different. I had one of both so I speak from real world understanding of this. Modernity has not caught up
      with our biology so it’s great to honor both sexes as unique.

    • Toby_W

      Girls face different challenges than boys in this world, and probably will for some time, so magazines for girls are still necessary

      • Dirk van Bergen

        yes, but not for how to be pretty.How to stand up for yourself when your opinion is dismissed because you are a girl. How to spot when a man will become violent and to act accordingly. That no matter what (other) magazines will have you believe, you are fine and don’t need a nose job because the cover model had hers photoshopped. These are things we need to teach our girls. Not how to wake up pretty or the top tips on denim.

    • Heather Peterson

      Boy’s Life is the Boy Scout magazine. So it’s for boys.

    • Erik Denning

      I teach 9 – 12 year olds of both genders. While I’m against promoting make-up, fashion, and all that other fluff for girls, you can’t entirely ignore the interest and have to acknowledge it, perhaps a little. Also, girls and boys are dealing with different changes or different versions of similar issues, as young teenagers. Boys want to be cool. Girls want to be liked. (Yes, I know I’m generalizing). Boys currently dominate so much, in so many realms, girls really like having things that are special, and just for them. Both genders embarrass easily and value privacy with sensitive issues. They don’t want to know that the opposite gender has the article about periods or wet dreams in THEIR magazine.

      • Dirk van Bergen

        Erik, the differences are there because they are instilled in them from day 1. You don’t have to acknowledge anything. Girls like make-up because their mom does, who likes it because she was taught to be pretty for her (future) husband as it has been for generations. It is so incredibly deeply ingrained into our culture that girls and boys have different interests that, well, they do. You can teach (read:brainwash) a kid in any way you like. You would know. If we could take away all the targeted marketing and actually treated men and women equally for a generation or two, they would look back in a hundred years and be shocked at how we treat our women no matter their age.

  • Karen

    And THIS is why girls want to join the Boy Scouts instead of the Girl Scouts. Think about this the next time you sneer at a girl who complains that “seperate but equal” doesn’t really exist.

    • Rebecca

      I don’t know where you’re getting your info from. My Girl Scout troop learned basic car maintenance with a mechanic and went camping often. We hiked and canoed and learned first aid and cpr. In high school we worked in under privileged day care centers and made toiletry kits for the homeless. We also raised enough money to take a senior trip to London where there’s a GS world center where girls can work and live for months at a time while exploring a new city. I follow the Girl Scouts on Facebook now and their emphasis is on education and future career skills,much as it was in my day. Scouting, like most things, is what you make of it.

      • Dr_Watson

        I’m getting my info from having a younger sister who was in the scouts for three years. All they ever did was cookie sales and other things to make money for the organization.

      • It’s because the things are you do are decided by the parent volunteers. You should be very grateful to the people who ran your troop.

      • Karen

        I got my information as a leader for a Junior Girl Scout troop. Whenever I tried to get them to do anything other than beauty tips or selling things, I was told that “these are girls, not boys”. My daughter’s Senior troop leader was told she was taking the girls on “unofficial Girl Scout activities” when she took them rock climbing or camping in tents (not platform tents with cots, but tents where you have to actually sleep on the ground! That is NOT a “girls'” activity!)

        I am glad that you were in a council that allowed equality.

    • ziggyzack1234

      It really depends where the troop is. Some troops welcome all, and some just like boys. Where I’m from I have only seen 5 or 6 girls in crews, and that was at summer camp. As for GS troops, I have no idea what they do.

    • bumbershootgirl

      Our local Girl Scout groups do some amazing things–in addition to more traditional things like camping and cooking, they started and ran a community service project for the homeless, do robotics, learned to put together and program Linux computers, and used power tools to construct raised gardens and benches for a senior citizen center. There are programs for the girls to travel around the world once they reach 14, but many girls don’t stay in past 10,

      • GDrugginsNumbaWonPhan

        My Girl Scout group did arts and crafts while the moms got day-drunk. :

        • bumbershootgirl

          So did mine back in the day, so did mine. That’s why my mom pulled me out (it was 1972, to be fair) and why I got really involved with Scouts when my daughter participated.

  • bumbershootgirl

    YES! I’m a teacher; I am also the mother to a 14-year old. When my girl turned 13, I went to the store to pick her up a copy of Seventeen and Girls Life, thinking she would enjoy seeing more age-appropriate magazines than the American Girl magazine she’d loved since age 6. Whoops! One flip through both magazines, and I hastily put them back, purchased copies of Discover and Wired, and decided we’d find a different way to explore what teen girls enjoy doing. Many of the teen girl magazines (and let’s face it, folks, also magazines aimed at adult women) seem to aim for the lowest denominator of information.

    • seber12463848704

      More like they’re there primarily as a form of entertainment and not to impart millennia-old wisdom.

      • Skeeve Plowse

        A lot of teenagers don’t have the critical thinking skills necessary to distinguish the subtle difference between ‘entertainment masquerading as teen life tips’ and ‘adult wisdom masquerading as teen life tips’. They just read it and take it at face value. “It’s published so it must be true, right?”

      • Their purpose is to advertise more product. Even in the “articles”.

        • Trexinmichigan

          Winner,winner,chicken dinner.

      • bumbershootgirl

        Yeah, but it seems like these magazines were far more progressive even 15 years ago than they are now. I get that they make their money through product placement and ads–if you’re 14, you will probably buy them to learn how to put on makeup. However…if you want someone to keep purchasing your magazine, you have to have some meat in them, not just fluff.

    • Harvesting Ore

      maybe get her a hobby or tennis lessons or football lessons or music lessons or get her to learn a new language or something constructive instead of just reading some smarmy magazine intended to get her to want to buy more products?

      • Rezeya Montecore

        Says the guy mansplaining at an Internet comment forum, instead of going out and punching cattle or building a barn or whatever incredibly productive thing Decent Salt Of The Earth People like you do with their time. (*coughdrinkingwalmartfootballcough*)

        • drkztan

          You seem pretty cuntfused at some legitimate advice pal. Harvesting ore is suggesting getting the child a real hobby instead of flipping through inconsequential shit on a magazine.

          • Rezeya Montecore

            All I did was give him some legitimate advice, too! Specifically, that advice was “don’t wave your hands and scream condescendingly at people if you’re trying to convince them they’re getting too worked up over something, because they’ll just turn right around and point out you’re getting pretty worked up over other people opinions yourself, and you’ll look stupid.”

            Speaking of which, I have some advice for you, my gracious new friend… 😀

          • Korbin Rikkole

            tennis lessons, football lessons, music lessons, and learning language from an instructor cost a lot of money. Magazines don’t…

            I was raised by forward thinking, feminist parents who did not buy magazines like this for me, but as a young woman, I still struggled with where my worth came from. Girls at school read magazines like this, watched movies that reward the female protagonist with a relationship status with the male protagonist (honestly, most blockbusters…), watched TV that reinforces all these stereotypes, and were also praised by the boys at school for being conventionally attractive and sexually available. I’m very thankful for my parents; they raised me to be the individual I am today, someone who does not derive her worth based on her relationship with men, but it’s a SERIOUS miscalculation to believe that stuff like this doesn’t matter. You know, because some kids really care what their friends think or they make it their goal to spite their parents in every way, so if you tell you daughters to not buy into this stuff, welp, they might do it because they don’t have the reasoning of an adult nor a strong enough sense of who they are yet.

            Also, I’ll take a moment to invite us all to acknowledge how binary and heteronormative this conversation is. So if your child is not heterosexual (and yes, even though young people may not have the best reasoning skills, they can tell who they are sexually attracted to), these magazines are very VERY harmful.

          • Rezeya Montecore

            You do know their brains are just gonna shut down and spark after the first polysyllabic word, right, hun? If either of them has one coherent word in response to any of that, I WILL EAT ONE OF MY CHROMOSOMES.

      • bumbershootgirl

        Good ideas, but she already does many of those things, most of which she initiated, not me: takes guitar lessons, composes music, swims regularly for fun, volunteers with friends at local foodbanks and churches, has been teaching herself French off and on since she was a preteen, works with a local animal shelter, draws for fun, and helps around the house).

  • Crazylegsmurphy

    Men and women are sold crap they don’t need every day based on fear and desire (how many Axe body spray cans have been sold to teen boys?).

    I personally feel that beauty standards do matter to some degree. There is nothing wrong in my opinion putting pressure on people to be in good health. The problem I think is that society demonizes beauty so much. Instead of seeing it as an asset that is part of a bigger picture, we tell people that if you focus on being pretty, you are a terrible person.

    Just look at what happened with Steve Martin’s recent tweet.

  • DominicBruysPorter

    I only disagree in that the lighting of the shot is not cover worthy

  • truthbeatold

    There’s nothing stopping this graphic designer from publishing her own magazine targeted to girls. The market will decide whether her version is more viable than the existing magazine.

    • Poptosis

      There is a lot stopping a single person from starting a magazine. It is extremely expensive and there is a lot of work needed before you can secure the deals necessary for printing, distribution, shelf space and advertising. To do all this work, you need more than just money, you need people. This project is the type of work that raises awareness of how cool a magazine like this would be, and then people come together to do it.
      Also, with so few companies controlling most of media, the idea that “the market will decide” is laughable.

      • truthbeatold

        It’s 2017, Poptosis. She can publish online for very minimal costs, gain readership and if the market, i.e. girls decide they’re interested in her work in sufficient numbers, she’ll attract ad revenue and continue to grow. Yes, it requires work, but more importantly it requires a viable product. There are online bloggers/bloggers with a larger audience than this magazine. Having a printed magazine isn’t the end all, be all of publishing in 2017. It’s seems you’ve missed the larger point though, Pop. Rather than suggest what an existing and presumably successsful business SHOULD do is ridiculous. If a market exists for your alternative vision then create your own business.

        • Poptosis

          You were talking about magazines specifically, which is why I spoke to that point.

          Is it possible that you cannot see how hypocritical you are being? You are criticizing this work because it is unsolicited criticism. Meanwhile, you offer your own unsolicited criticism of this work. It would be a hilarious joke, if only you had the self-awareness to be in on it.

          The difference is that this artist used his/her creativity to try and raise awareness and hopefully improve this magazine. You only use this platform to offer pointless negative criticism.

          Maybe instead of telling artists what they SHOULD do, you should try and do something positive with your comments.

          • truthbeatold

            Poptosis, whether it’s a digital or printed magazine is irrelevant. The point is, it’s intellectually and creatively lazy to criticize a company’s product in this fashion. In order to remain in business and continue to pay employees they have a responsibility to offer a sellable product. They respond to the demands of the market. To suggest that they alter their product according to your values with no regard or responsibility for the resulting consequences ( potential decrease in sales, layoffs) is lazy. It’s unfortunate this point is lost on you. It’s also rather silly of you to attack me for offering a reaction to this silly case of virtue signaling that differs from your own. You’re being logically inconsistent in your defense of one critical reaction to content and criticizing another simply on the basis of whether or not you agree. Ridiculous. But I don’t suspect you possess the self-awareness to realize it. And no, my criticism of the graphic designer’s commentary on the magazine does not correlate to her “unsolicited criticism” in the least. The magazine is not in the business of making social statements and soliciting a reaction. Clearly, that WAS the intention of the designer. I obliged. It just wasn’t a reaction you agree with. Tough shit. It doesn’t make me a hypocrite. Less impressed with lazy activism, perhaps. Hypocrite, no.

          • Poptosis

            Well this person’s work is the top post on the front page of reddit, the biggest internet aggregation site in the world, so your claim that there is no substantial market for the altered magazine that actually reports on issues of substance is provably false. Reading the comments here and on Reddit, it is clear there are TONS of people who would subscribe to this type of magazine.

            Also “digital magazine”? Really? It is 2017, no one alive calls a website or blog a “digital magazine”. I can tell you are one of those people who cannot cede a point.

            Also, it says who you are responding to above your post. You don’t need to say my name every time. Maybe you know that and are just doing it to be extra condescending. That’s probably it. You are just some troll. You need to practice more. Recycling my “self-awareness” line was just lazy.

          • truthbeatold

            Poptosis, where did I claim there is no substantial market for the content of the altered magazine? If, in fact, there is, she can publish her own alternative content in alignment with her own vision of what a girl’s magazine should be. Btw, the fact that you are now resorting to straw man arguments is telling. Also, problematic is your silly correlation of Reddit up votes with commercial success. I’ve had posts on Reddit’s front page for a day. It hardly means the photo or article I posted would translate to commercial success. As I type this response, the Reddit front page features a fully-automatic crossbow. As bad ass as that is, it’s appearance on Reddit is no indication of commercial success. Your unsophisticated analysis is a recurring theme. It’s cute that you insult me for using the term, “digital magazine”, yet it’s you who began your rebuttal with an assumption that she could only publish in print. You also seem to have no knowledge of the distinction between a digital magazine, a website and a blog. Lastly, you brought up the notion of hypocrisy in a previous comment and in your most recent comment you demonstrated it wonderfully. You accuse me of recycling your self-awareness line while just one paragraph prior you “recycled” my “it’s 2017” point. Perhaps if you quit displaying a hilarious lack of self-awareness I wouldn’t feel the need to point it out. Btw, if you’re going to claim a particular argument in a discussion you have the burden of deploying it accurately, “Poptosis”.

    • Shumyla J

      The design is the easy part.
      Too bad there isn’t enough of a market for the content of the redesigned magazine.
      Sadly, the Girls Life magazine is only providing what their market wants.

      • truthbeatold

        Thank you. That’s the point I was making.

  • Jay

    I think some people in these comments have missed the message entirely!

  • Harvesting Ore

    … i’m not sure whether to laugh or cry at the stupidity of this.. it’s a magazine, proper parenting can quickly alleviate any issues caused by a magazine cover.. i think our society has gotten WAYYYY off track, there are much bigger things to worry about.. maybe teach your kids to ignore stuff instead of trying to force a multi million dollar business to change it’s practices… stop being so egotistical that you believe that your opinion is more important than that of others. grow up and take some personal responsibility and stop expecting the world to bend to what you view as the right way to be.

    • Trexinmichigan

      Wow, apparently you couldn’t be bothered to read the article titles. Do some serious work on yourself and get back to us.

      • Lee F.

        Harvesting Ore can’t hear you over how outraged he is over everyone’s worthless opinions.

    • Ryan Jones

      Have a teenager? The problem is, when they aren’t at home with you, which is almost all the day since they are at school, is that their friends will influence them quite a bit. Magazines are powerful because most people under 30 are pretty dumb.

    • Rezeya Montecore

      Boy, you sure took a lot of offense in the process of explaining to everybody why we should all be less offended and just accept things as they are.

      If that’s all true, why didn’t you just take your own advice, shrug and put on a big fakey smile and get on with your day? Instead, you subject us to two paragraphs worth of whining about how people care entirely too much about things that, coincidentally, don’t affect you personally.

      That doesn’t sound like you stopped to consider your own advice before you commented. That just sounds like you feel entitled to never have to hear about other people’s concerns.

      • wat

        “Thank you for mansplaining to”

        What, people still use this word unironically?

        “Boy, you sure took a lot of offense in the process of explaining to everybody why we should all be less offended.
        If that’s all true, why didn’t you just take your own advice, shrug and put on a big fakey smile and get on with your day? Couldn’t you have”

        Lol you’re all getting worked up over nothing lamao

      • CamTheKid45

        Not sure how you think he took offense to the article, he simply talked about how we should rely on proper parenting not a magizine cover. Besides that, I found it somewhat funny that you called the shotgun in his profile picture an “assault rifle”, stop trying to use buzz words to make a point, when you clearly have NO knowledge what so ever about the subject. Stop trying to sound smart. You’re just some feminist trying to fight the non existent “patriarchy”.

    • E.G.

      You’re a moron.

      • CamTheKid45

        How is he a moron? He made some good points, if you don’t agree then your obviously not a parent. Besides disagreeing with anyone who doesn’t support your rediclous modern feminist belifes.

        • LJXC

          This made me laugh! I’m proud to have “modern feminists’ beliefs” and YOU are the one being rude to someone for what they agree or don’t believe in. And, I just have to let you know that you should pay attention to your spelling if you are trying to make a valid point worthy of any kind of educational value. Read and take note: “Then your=THEN YOU’RE…” rediclous belifes=RIDICULOUS BELIEFS.

          • CamTheKid45

            I find it funny that because of a couple of typos, you can’t come back with a proper rebutle, you have to comment on how stupid I am, because I miss-typed a few words. But I’m sure you’re very proud of your beliefs, but that doesn’t mean there reasonable. They may be yours, but it’s thinking like, “all women are taught to be pretty and get a boyfriend” that ruins what feminism is all about. Equality to men, and believe me, that’s true now a days. So mabey focus on not being offended by a magazine cover, and start talking about how the wage gap needs to be fixed, or what your part in it is.

          • MyMeg

            It seems the way you spell and express yourself, maybe you should be reading the mocked up version of that magazine. Just sayin’.

          • Lily

            You really can’t see how raising girls to believe that being pretty and popular are the most important things instead of celebrating girls who achieve academically or athletically could POSSIBLY have SOMETHING to do with the wage gap? Colleges aren’t giving out pretty scholarships you know.

          • CamTheKid45

            That’s something girls have to want to achieve by themselves, that’s what the magizine is for, tips on beauty. All PEOPLE want to look good. I don’t see anything wrong with beauty advice. I’m all for women’s rights, but getting apauled by this isn’t going to do anything

        • E.G.

          He’s a moron cause I said so. I’m entitled to my opinion: his aggressive tone, his self-perceived superiority, his picture posting with a rifle – I could go on and on.

          He’s also clueless if he thinks all his perfect parenting is going to shield his shakespeare reading children from mainstream media.

          And your ignorant for throwing around the word feminist based off my three-word comment. And yes I am a parent – a father. One that would much more appreciate the graphic-designers version of a magazine for young girls.

          • CamTheKid45

            I’m sorry, I ment that feminist comment to be directed tword that person talking about “mansplaining”. But what he said about not worrying about what a magazine says is very true. I know my daughter isn’t trying to “wake up pretty” because she read it in a magazine, it’s just entertainment. The things depicted in the redone Maxine cover are honestly rediclous for anyone. The only thing I think needs to change is music, social media, things like that.

          • Still Shaded

            Hmm.. well that’s a nice thought but I’m afraid it’s unrealistic. Have you forgotten how impressionable children are?

            Maybe your daughter isn’t susceptible to this type of thing, but there are literally hundreds of millions of girls who don’t have strong parental involvement in their lives. You’re just throwing them to the wolves because you are unable to imagine a situation a young girl might be in that is different from your daughter. So we can sit around saying “parents should do this… it’s the parents fault.. blah blah blah.” Maybe that’s true, but meanwhile, here in reality, there are girls who need any positive support they can get in order to succeed against the odds.

            Obviously it shouldn’t be illegal to print crap like this, but it’s sad to see it. It’s just another of example of what happens when profit is the main incentive for anyone to do anything.. but there I go dabbling in dirty communist thought.

          • Sulis Minerva

            It might be “just entertainment” to you but telling girls the most important thing they can is pretty is damaging. If it was just one magazine then of course girls could ignore it but it’s everywhere, films, tv shows, adverts, celebrities, the internet, etc, etc. The message is you’re not beautiful enough, you’re not thin enough, you’re ugly and fat and you will never be successful or happy.
            It does damage people (boys as well), it causes self esteem issues and eating disorders and low expectations of what they can achieve. Maybe not in your daughter, maybe she is aware enough to understand it’s going on and that it’s a bad message, but in other girls and it’s not their parents’ fault.

          • Anthony Kaiser

            You’re entitled to nothing past your nose. The man is a warrior. He wears an ID carrier on his right arm for a reason (because there’s nothing particularly cool about wearing a big black nylon object on your arm). He’s probably earned the right to be a little gruff. Warriors don’t really care about your opinion, so go fill out your “Hurt Feelings Report” and go about your life. They care about you being safe at night.

    • Patiod

      Thank you for mansplaining to us what we should and should not feel about things. It’s very helpful.

      • drkztan

        He was giving out good advice, which is educate your children. You seem very cuntfused at this.

    • Dane Spacey

      Ahaha ‘get your kid to read shakespeare.’ Best advice ever. Kids love that crazy bard!

      • Scott Sterling

        Wasn’t he gay?

        • Anthony Kaiser

          Possibly bi- but he definitely had a thing for the ladies. Anne Hathaway, his wife, was six months preggers when they wed, and that was in haste, because the normal practice of reading their intent to marry in the local church, and posting those banns (proclamation) was reduced from three times on three consecutive Sundays to one.

    • The Boss

      Hey, moron. These magazines take advantage of girls who don’t have good parents. So, who are you directing your message to? Because the parents you are talking to sure aren’t here reading this. Now, go eat a bullet like the fool you are.

      • drkztan

        Do you people actually believe that the magazine example provided in the post would sell amongst those girls? If you do, I’m sorry to tell you you are extremely naïve. They will just see that cover and fetch one of the many other fashion and love magazines in the aisle. Do you know why? Because there are plenty of other publications targeted at teens that don’t even say “GIRLS/BOYS MAGAZINE” and don’t get bought by these same girls.

        • Gaya


      • Anthony Kaiser

        Speaking of lack of parenting…”Hey, moron.” “Now, go eat a bullet like the fool you are.” You are correct. You don’t have to stoop to name calling and suggesting a person suck-start an M9. That kind of B.S. is what’s wrong in this country: basic lack of civility. I’m sure you wouldn’t want your grandmother to read it.

    • ksqueed

      if propaganda wasn’t effective at shaping desires and aspirations, these magazines wouldn’t be doing it to shill for their advertisers. there’s nothing stupid about pointing out how empty and soulless the mainstream media is. if nothing else, it provides a good critical thinking exercise for young women.

    • Poptosis

      For someone who doesn’t like it when people are “so egotistical that you believe that your opinion is more important than that of others”, you certainly seem egotistical and enjoy telling people your opinion which you seem to think is more important than theirs. Hypocrisy much?

      • Daniel Piedra

        This is a Comment Feed. You share your opinions.


      • Gaya

        Haha, this is a comments section. It specifically designed for sharing opinions. I don’t think the poster said their opinion is more important than anyone else’s? I think you’re saying that? There is literally no hypocrisy involved in that at all?

        • Poptosis

          I did not even express an opinion on this subject. I did point out that the comment I responded to expressed a strong opinion while saying that the artist should not have expressed their own opinion. That is the hypocrisy.

          Also, it makes no sense that people should be allowed to express opinions in a comment section but not on the internet like the artist who created this cover did. They are both places where opinions can be shared.

  • This. Just today, Teen Vogue published a relateable listicle about learning to drive, something about Zac Efron, and an analysis of the shooting in Ft. Lauderdale. Granted, it’s also Teen Vogue rather than Girls’ Vogue, but it’s obvious who it’s targeted toward. And they do a heck of a job.

  • Eric H. Granberg

    As I see it, the current version of Girl’s Life is just a set up for later sales of the crap magazine Cosmopolitan.

  • KaoseThema

    reading this article, I realized that the objectification of young women is nowadays mostly propagated by…..


    • Scott Sterling

      ding we have a winner, the only people who will stop the objectification is if women stand up together. However as long as the current culture stands and women are willing to feed into it and buy these trash magazines then it will continue.

      • Rick McCallister

        Women aren’t given the other option, They buy the crappy version for the same reason Inuits eat blubber: It’s basically all that’s on the frickin menu.

        • DS

          While I agree to a point, they also bring up a valid point. About a year ago, I was listening to the local sports station which had a woman co-hosting during a weekend midday. She started making comments about how disgusted she was by watching a Spanx ad because it was disgusting. She even went so far as to claim it was making her physically ill. Now, if she’s doing this because she thinks that’s how a woman should act in a male dominated environment, I suppose I can understand why she’d think that way. There are a multitude of reasons why she may have thought it was a good idea. Personally, I was pretty offended by it. I thought it sent a poor message to women, in general. Considering she was on the radio, none of the listeners knew what she was watching which means she could have just said nothing. Instead she chose to denigrate another human being based around her looks.

          This is why things won’t change. How can men take women seriously if they can’t even agree to unite for their own betterment?

  • As a parent, I would definitely buy the re-designed magazine.

  • Concernedmom623

    I would buy the photographed version for my daughter in a heartbeat! Until then, no magazines for her.

    • Nicole


      • DS


    • Sarah Bauer

      No science magazines, literary magazines, writing magazines, car magazines, hunting magazines, camping magazines…?

  • Randy Marsh

    Ugly girls don’t sell magazines. Fact.

    • ali_cb

      This girl will probably grow up and make more money per year than you will make in your entire life. Fact.

      • Randy Marsh

        Doubt it. She’s too ugly to get a good job.

        • sugarunicorn

          you must really hate yourself. im sorry.

    • Jody Tremblay

      Your comment is ugly. I would think girls would love to buy a magazine that celebrates them and their accomplishments instead of one featuring an airbrushed “ideal” that sells them the idea that they aren’t good enough.

    • Shumyla J

      Post a picture of yourself so the rest of us can judge your amazing looks.

    • Peter S

      that kid designed a cheap test for Ebola that will likely save thousands of lives. She’s doubtless got a huge career ahead of her in whatever field she chooses. You stare at a screen and play with your knob.

    • beedogs

      Try taking your own life. Give it a few attempts so you get it right.

      • Gaya

        As much as you don’t like what they guy said, its true. Just deal with it instead of taking it out on the messenger. It sucks, sure, but its just the truth.

  • Coolington

    I agree with the new cover, but I’m appalled what goes under “graphics designer” these days, if this is their product, they are ms paint pro master, not a graphics designer.

    • Conall Ó Gribín

      I guess you don’t understand that a mockup is literally done in 30-40mins? seriously.

      • Charles Eduard Cortez

        that is not an excuse to choosing a proper font and line spacing.

      • Jeslen Bucci

        Let’s be serious here, no self respecting graphic designer would ever use a drop shadow like that.

      • Gaya

        Yeah really, any designer that was going to put something out there with their name behind it wouldn’t produce this rubbish…

  • Shumyla J

    I wish magazines like the redesigned one were the norm!
    Maybe someone should start one!

    • Joe

      There were, but they don’t sell and all go out of business. These are the magazines that sell. It’s not the magazines’ fault, it’s the markets

      I don’t get offended when most “guy” magazines are filled with sports, when I hate them. I understand most guys like them. I don’t think the magazines sexist. It’s just what the demand is. Nothing else

      • CanuckAmuck

        There were

        Were there? Name them.

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  • Jawn

    Both girls look good. What is the big fucking deal. One magazine’s headlines are boring & the other one isn’t. Is that what the outrage is about?

  • johnparker237

    So here’s what we’ve learned:

    1) Lots of people apparently think they know how to design and edit a magazine better than professionals who are trained and paid to do that job. Yeah, sure you do.

    2) Let’s say Girls’ Life takes your advice and bombs, circulation plummets. They go bankrupt, dozens of employees (probably mostly female) lose their jobs. The owners lose their investment. Are you prepared to replace the employees’ salaries and the owners’ lost investment?

    (sound of crickets)

    I didn’t think so.

    If you don’t like the magazine, don’t buy it. If you think you could make a better one, then go ahead and try. What’s stopping you? You could call it “Future SJWs’ Life”. If you’re not prepared to put your money where your mouth is, then stop congratulating yourself for how enlightened you are. No one is impressed.

    • jascara99

      maybe they should go out of circulation

    • Zeusdagod

      People only make decisions off feelings instead of logic smh

  • Joe

    Can I be honest? They put this garbage in these magazines because they sell. Period. If they made them like the remade one, they’d be out of business before you can turn the page. So before you go and call the magazine sexist, take a look at why they are making the magazine, and why they are selling. It’s because this is what the majority of teen girls want. If you think that’s wrong, take it up with them. Not a company who’s catering to them

    • Sarah Bauer

      They sell to that audience. As a teen girl, I mainly read science and literary magazines. The good thing about magazines is that you don’t have to read the ones that don’t interest you.

      To clarify, I am no longer a teen girl. English is weird.

    • Casey First

      The company has a responsibility to say enough is enough and put morals before profits. It’s like saying that people want cigarettes so companies should continue to target the smokers with illustrious ads with sexy females smoking. Plus, we all know that they put this on there to sell. That’s the problem. This industry is akin to the tobacco, porn, weapon, etc industry. Teen suicide is at an all time high and it’s the messages coming from outlets like this that contribute to unobtainable body and self images (and frankly images that were not valued 20 years ago)…

    • Daniel Piedra

      Spot on. Economics 101. But I might add: don’t take it up with the girls; take it up with the parents. Or specifically, their DADS.

  • Sarah Bauer

    Okay but Girls’ life is a fashion type magazine, and Boys’ Life is a magazine for Boy Scouts. They’re aimed at completely different audiences, regardless of gender.

    Also, that’s not the best graphic design for either magazine cover.

    • Gaya

      Exactly…but that kind of logic doesnt fuel the oppression olympics victimisation game that people like to play to get attention!

      • CanuckAmuck

        …Says the person who made an account just to troll.

  • Nemacolin

    This is the first I have heard of this. The alternative cover is just wonderful.

  • Lojac Corry

    the people that make these garbage Magazines should be drawn and quartered

  • Dominic Lee

    These are just two ends of the spectrum, neither is wrong nor right. The funny part, of course, is that the right-hand one is still “marketing to girls”, which is apparently bad. The inference is since girls only buy girl magazines, the girl magazines have to be changed. This is stupid. Any girl interested in STEM is reading Scientific American and doesn’t need a science magazine dressed up to appeal to girls.

    • BlueMockingBird

      yea tru

    • NavidHayder

      Why shouldn’t STEM magazines cater to female readers? They’ve done a good deal to cater to male readers in the past century or so.

      • Gaya

        STEM magazines shouldn’t cater to any particular sex. STEM magazines should cater to people that are interested in STEM subjects, full stop. What a ridiculous thing to say…

        • NavidHayder

          I agree, it shouldn’t cater to any particular sex, and yet traditionally the topics covered and readership targeted have been young boys. That definitely needs to change. Gender-blindness will not help you if you’re in charge of content.

      • Dominic Lee

        I’m not sure how a science magazine would cater to female readers specifically, could you enlighten me? I’m pretty sure Margaret Hamilton didn’t need a pink pen to write the code for the Apollo space missions. Also I’m equally unsure how they’ve catered to male readers. A centrefold of CERN with no clothes on? Articles on how to pick up easy electrons? You leave so much unsaid.

        • NavidHayder

          Most science magazines like Discover and Popular Science have been around for ages, and most are read by young students who are just getting an interest in the field. Unfortunately, both of these otherwise renowned science-mags have been male-centric in terms of the topics they’ve covered, usually focusing on cars and gadgets. If done right, they could be encouraged to cover topics within the sciences that their female readers are more likely to be interested in. The idea is to encourage younger students to engage in STEM, and magazines or e-zines are perhaps the best place to start.

          To insist that publications do not have a readership or demographic in mind is also wrong. They almost always do.

          • Dominic Lee

            Still not sure I understand. Cars and gadgets are exclusively for male readers? Can you give some examples of what topics female scientists would be interested in?

          • NavidHayder

            My point (3 months ago) was to suggest that since we need to encourage more young women into STEM fields, Science Magazines should keep female readers in mind to encourage them.

            Cars and gadgets are the most obvious examples of content that cater to a male readership. Boys love cars. It’s old hat. Have content that would appeal to female readers as well. Content could (like MUSE or Kazoo) include information about female scientists, articles written by them, facts about the history of women in science (the Nobel Laureates) that are usually underrepresented. The content could extend to more general topics that girls may think ‘should’ appeal to them like the science behind hair-colour and cosmetics; articles on breast-cancer; or perhaps anthropological studies on how early paleolithic tools couldn’t have evolved if ‘strings’ weren’t invented and in fashion.

            In fact, I’d say that as a man I myself am NOT qualified to assume which topics would encourage female readers — and that my female colleagues are better off finding suitable content. Hope that clarifies what I meant. There are already magazines that are responding to this article, so I’d rather spend my time discussing those articles than this one. Good day.

        • CanuckAmuck

          Are you claiming there’s not a “boy’s club” culture in STEM fields?

          • Dominic Lee

            No, not at all. It’s still a very male-dominated field and of course that has to change (I say this despite my mom being a biochemist and my best friend’s wife an astrophysicist). But still no-one has managed to come up with one example of what a “girl’s” science article might look like. Maybe I’ll go ask them 🙂

  • Daniel Piedra

    Ironically, my bet is that 90% of the publishing and marketing heads at Girls’ Life are pro-gender equality/LGBT/feminism. That’s the double standard. Just like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and other Hollywood celebs are crusading for gun control, yet most of their movies are violent shoot-em-ups. At the end of the day, it’s what $ells, and which is why the above 90% keeps pushing it.

    • NavidHayder

      This. As someone who’s had some minor experience working on magazines while still being in college, I can attest to the goodwill of editors and their gender-conscious approach to content. And yet… and still…

  • Gaya

    Unfortunately the “graphic designer” is absolutely terrible so the magazine doesnt feel real. I get the point though. But as someone else said, average looking girls talking about things like curing Ebola don’t sell magazines. If this stuff sold then thats what the magazines would be about. Talking about hair, boys and your first kiss sell, because thats what little girls are into! You think girls are going to get excited about a magazine that has quiz about getting ready for AP class! Give me a break. Feminists can keep on telling girls what they should want but at the end of the day they are going to act like little girls and chose what they actually want.

    • VegardSBekkenheim

      I’m sure there’s a middle way where they can get both fashion advice and inspiration for their future career. No harm in trying to show young girls that their life is not just about their appearance, although not suppressing their interest in “girly” things.

    • Yeah,… Those… *sigh* Pesky feminists…

    • NavidHayder

      Whoa you really jumped on the ‘anti-feminist’ stance there real quick. All this did was address just how superficial magazines are. You could do it with boys magazines or sports-magazines as well and your point could still be the same: Mags do stuff that sells, not stuff that are ideal.

      And anyway, I kinda disagree with that as well. A really good magazine should be able to talk about curing Ebola in a way that interests their readers. I mean, aren’t superheros in comic-books addressing issues about the surveillance state and portrayal of violence in the media? It can be done. No body likes a naysayer.

      • Gaya

        I thought we were all against superheroes in 2017 because they portray an unrealistic body image to the impressionable children? Or are they ok now?! I just cant keep up with whats good an whats bad for our fragile little kids these days!

      • Gaya

        I thought we were all against superheroes in 2017 because they portray an unrealistic body image to the impressionable children? Or are they ok now?! I just cant keep up with whats good and whats bad for our fragile little kids these days!

        • NavidHayder

          That was a clever way of ignoring the point about criticizing superficial magazines. Bravo sir. You should do comedy.

      • CanuckAmuck

        He made the account to do just that. He has no interest in a dialogue or listening to women, he’s here to “mansplain” why you’re all silly for disagreeing with him.

    • cybrarian_ca

      Really? I WAS a little girl, and would much rather have read the “fake” magazine. The real ones did what they were supposed to do – make you feel inadequate so you’d buy their crap. No, I didn’t read them, because the few times I did, I felt bad. I was never pretty enough for them. Happily, I knew brains mattered more. I look back at pictures, though, and I was pretty – as, indeed, guys did tell me – but the magazines held up impossible ideals. By the way – I did okay, by both standards. At 23 I met, and at 25 married,a loving man, and am still married. I’m also a dean at a major university. So don’t tell me “what girls want.”

      • Well said! I was pretty enough. I loved make up and messing with my hair, but I still could never relate to the fashion magazines forced in front of my eyes. I would’ve preferred a magazine with more depth. I’m still that way. When I go to the salon to get my hair done, I dislike that the only magazines offered to me while I’m waiting are fashion and gossip mags. How about an issue of Psychology Today or something for a woman who values her mind and hobbies as much as anything else. 🙂

      • Gaya

        Im not telling you anything. The market is telling us all, the reason those magazines sell is because thats what the majority of girls want to read. Its economics. Maybe not you, but most girls don’t want the magazine that has a AP prep quiz! They want the boyfriend quiz!

      • Gaya

        I’m not telling you anything. The market is telling us all. The reason those magazines sell is because thats what girls want to read. Maybe not you, but most girls want the boyfriend quiz, they don’t want the AP quiz! Its simple economics. If these faceless corporations could make money off selling magazines about how to “do good in your community” they would! Its that simple.

        • Tom Scavo

          Actually after having worked with a magazine, – and an established brand at that – I can tell you it’s often about what used to work and what content the journalists anticipate will work (often based on their own personal interests and influences growing up). How much market research goes into figuring out what children could want from a magazine, if presented with high quality and engaging alternatives endorsed by their peers?

          If you don’t think there’s a subculture that cares about self-improvement and personal and professional development, then you’re sorely mistaken. I’m not talking about individuals, I’m talking about groups of like minded people brought together by shared interest. Or as some perjoratively term them ‘nerds’. Which brings me to my next point…

          It sounds like you’re missing a piece of the puzzle here. It’s been well documented that we are social creatures. Media, our peers and cultural influencers play a big part in shaping our beliefs and values. That’s really not a point of conjecture.

          What this work is trying to illustrate is that there are better values we could be instilling in our children.

          Just my 2c.

        • Paula Summers

          Maybe you dont have to do either…. maybe you could do a personality quiz to find an interest or likely profession. How to dress for success without being frumpy. How moderate makeup can really show off your natural beauty. Maybe you could tell what a young person could do to prepare for the real world and for their career. A lot of places wint hire a people who have no prior work experience, but how do you get that if youre applying for your first job? There is so much kids could learn from a business

          • [email protected]

            I was 1 of those that had a hard time getting a job with no experience. Then years later I was asked ” do you really want this job, you have way more experience for it?” I couldn’t believe it – I needed to eat, pay rent, etc. So it goes both ways. I would have taken the job & done good at it regardless of the pay.

        • Patricia Fitzsimmons

          You just don’t get it. All of us are told what we are supposed to want to be and look like by the media! You believe little girls think like that on their own… you are not even aware you are being brainwashed too! Yes, all of us are curious about the other gender after certain age, but not everything spins around being accepted by a boy! The reason those magazines sell is because the media pray in our fears and inadequacies to get a profit out of you. They tell you everything is wrong with your body to sell you things to fix it. That girl in the original magazine doesn’t need make up and refined beauty tips at that age! Agreed we are changing at that age and we may need some support, but a whole magazine, c’mon! As a parent you should teach to your child where the values are, not the media. And yes, I was also a little girl with intellectual and scientific curiosity, thanks to my mother. You talk about the victim narrative… sure, make your life depend of men’s acceptance, that sounds about right, according to you. A victim is a child that gets swollen by the pop culture without any concern of their parents about her intellectual and scientific potential, something that could bring better things for their fellow men and women. Good job, Gaya.

        • Audrey Parks Shabbas

          I’m 75. . tomorrow. ..and we were so poor growing up that we couldn’t afford magazines. ..remember as a teenager occasionally getting my hands on a “Seventeen” and thought it not for me. No one told me what little girls are supposed to be interested in. . .and so guess what? When friends came over to my house to play we did not play “dress up”. . .”princess” “queen” or any such. We played Library (and I was, I’m embarrassed to admit, always the librarian. . .or we played School, and yes, I was always the teachers. We had such fun and no one, certainly not any adults in my household told me should have been playing something else. We did were doll collectors, but never played “house” as far as I can remember. So stop making things up about what “little girls like”. I am an academic, a mother of four and a grandmother.

    • Yasmin Eder

      The reason those magazines sell is that young girls are told that that is what they should be interested in. Girls – just like any other social creature on this planet – want to belong. And that is what they are told is needed to be loved. Even before birth my daughter was told she wasn’t allowed to have this thing or that because she wouldn’t want it. It’s boys only! Before she was even born. Nobody asked her what she wanted. She was told.

      • Gaya

        Ah yes, the old victim narrative 🙂 Nice to meet you again! Right, girls are too stupid to figure it out for themselves right? So we should tell them what they should be interested in? Thats really going to work…you’re not going to get your kids completely rebelling against you when you tell them what they should want or anything!

        • Elaine Floyd

          Gaya, this isn’t about “telling” your kids anything. It’s about the WAY you behave and the unspoken messages that are sent. Kids watch what parents do more than they listen. It’s their nature. If a young girl grows up in a family with a strong mother and father who believe in equality and education and don’t set limits on her because she’s a female then she’ll grow up with a positive attitude. She won’t be nearly as vulnerable to peer pressure and she’ll have a better sense of self. It’s not like sitting a child down at a table and saying “eat your peas”. It’s about being a positive role model and offering guidance. That is the main job of a parent anyway.

          • Gaya

            Completely agree with you. Thats exactly what kids need. Not more moaning and teaching girls that they are eternal victims. If we change the magazines will change.

        • Paula Summers

          Ok hair, makeup and kissing might be a topic that will catch their attention to buy a magazine but they care about a lot more than that. We should give them a little credit for wanting more and better information about things that will impact their lives and future. Encouraging them to be more and have goals rather than being shallow bimbos is a good thing.

        • CanuckAmuck

          So you’re pretending social pressure doesn’t exist? Suit yourself. And what colour is the sky in your world?

        • Yasmin Eder

          That is not at all what I said. Read again. I actually said to stop telling girls ( and boys, and adults of any gender) what they should want and show them that it’s save to decide for themselves. Even if that means to do things differently from everybody else. To deny that our enviorment and social interactions inform our choices won’t do any good. And victimhood would be to just accept that society at large want support your right to make choices outside what is called the norm. To oppose that is not stupid or being a victim. It’s smart and called not giving up.

    • Sharon Bell Ingram

      What are you, twelve??

      • Gaya

        Ah yes, the ad hominem. Was only a matter of time I suppose.

    • scryberwitch

      I’m on both sides of this…yes, the “new” magazine is much better, more empowering. But indeed, young girls *are* interested in their first kiss, beginning to think about boyfriends, etc. Good, positive, empowering “dating” advice needs to be included too!

    • TimeslipDreamer

      Actually, you’re wrong.

      What magazines like this told me is that, since I didn’t have any interest in the girly crap, I was somehow defective as a girl. Because I wasn’t interested in boys at age 15, rumours spread throughout the school that I was either frigid or lesbian (which only bothered me because I knew that I was neither, I just wasn’t interested in dating at that age – nothing wrong with being asexual or LGBT, though at the time I will admit I didn’t know that).

      It’s fine to have the girly options, but if that is all that is pushed to girls, then it is harmful.

  • NavidHayder

    Love it! Especially the touch about ‘Are you Ready for AP?’ Teen magazines should encourage things that actually matter, rather than bubble-gum flavoured “life advice.” You need to get people, both boys and girls, to be interested in the things that matter to them — not horseshit that helps corporations continue their cycle of celebrity-fodder.

  • taynkal

    Scholastic sells magazines like action and choices covering real teens and real issues.

  • Judith Light Baker

    I’m 71 years old, and these sorts of values aren’t new. I saw the same things as a girl and a young woman. Further, look back over history and across cultures. Women have always been taught a value of physical attractiveness; it’s what could “catch” a male who would provide care, which was a huge issue then. Why do you suppose Asian parents bound their daughters’ feet? (Simply one illustration. Many cultures have disfigured women in the name of “beauty”.) Now that people realize women aren’t frail and can do anything they want, and as parents desire these freedoms for their children of all genders, it’s important to make that visual. We can let the magazines know we want to see a balanced, realistic representation of our kids, engaged in all sorts of healthy activities. WE STILL ARE the REVOLUTION. Instead of just being shocked or in denial, we need to make our voices heard and put our money behind it. Let magazines know they’ll lose customers if they don’t change. Focus on solutions. Take positive action…

    • Jachra

      Hear hear

  • Angela Canales

    Love it. We also want to see more Black, Asian, Latina, and Native girls on the cover.

    • Frank

      Color of skin shouldn’t matter? Thinking it does is the problem. Just sayin

  • Mandee Tejada

    I would actually buy this for my daughter if it was like this!

  • Figgs

    I usually get my children a subscription to a magazine every year at Christmas. I moved my now 12-year old from American Girl magazine, which she had outgrown, to Girl’s Life based on the recommendation of a female friend who said it was a good magazine for girls transitioning into adulthood. We have not yet gotten the first edition, and now I’m not looking forward to her receiving it! *That’s* what my female friend thinks girls need to read??? This is nothing but grooming them to buy and read (and unfortunately give credence to) the horrible women’s magazines that are 90% advertising and 100% making women feel inadequate!

    • Elemental B

      Check out New Moon magazine. My Mom used to get that one for me when I was around that age. It was great! Made by girls for girls.

    • James Rugg

      The solution’s simple. These horrible women’s magazines wouldn’t exist if the women, that feel inadequate when reading them, didnt buy them.

  • Women whine relentlessly.

    • Annie

      Aww, is the widdle man threatened by educated teens? Precious.

    • Sulis Minerva

      “Women whine relentlessly” whined a whiney man.

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  • Mel J Lee

    My 11 year old daughter said she would prefer the one on the right. And that’s the one I would prefer her to read. As it is I don’t indulge her pre-pubescent mind with ‘pretty’ and all that it encompasses (teenage angst is inevitable but magazines compound it).

  • Mountain Man

    The market goes with what sells. And guess what? The one on the left sells. You want to change what’s offered, let’s see you put up your dollars and PUBLISH, market and sell the magazine you think othor should be forced to produce. If it’s viable and there is a big enough demand for it, you will have done what you demand others to do. Until you have skin in the game, you’re just a whiny little snowflake.

  • Frank

    Instead of being upset and what’s out there, create your own magazine then. Nobody is forcing you or your kids to read Girls life. So don’t. I don’t read or watch things that do not insterest me or that I don’t agree with. People these days are so fixed on putting down what’s out there instead of just living their own life. Btw, magazines don’t raise my child. I do. I’m not going to blame this sort of thing. If some girls want to be into what that magazine offers, who am I to tell them to like something else. Seems extremely hypocritical to me. But the PC types don’t care about any of that. That’s the unfortunate society we live in these days. You don’t like the magazine DONT READ IT. Let’s the one who like it read. There is a magazine for your insterests? Make one! Instead of putting down the ones that are out there. there will always be shows and media about looks and fashion etc. I’m teaching and raising my kid. They aren’t.

    • Hampus Lybeck

      Ignoring stuff you dislike is pretty easy. That won’t likely bring positive change anytime soon.

      • Frank

        What is positive change tho in this regard? I don’t see a girls magazine focusing on things like make up or fashion as something that is not positive. Some girls enjoy those things. Which is why th magazine sells. Parents can provide both if they wish and allow their kids to decide on what insterest them the most.

  • Ingeborg Nordén

    So the only choices are “fashion/sexuality” shallowness, or “career/self-improvement/social issues” preachiness. Frankly, I’d avoid both versions of the magazine; curing one extreme with another seldom works.

    • Luis Miguel Braun

      Self-improvement is an extreme?

      • Ingeborg Nordén

        Pushing self-improvement as forcefully as the real magazine pushes beauty and fashion, writing as if girls should value only serious and practical topics…that’s the extreme I meant. Metaphorically speaking, the real magazine is a box of candy; the “improved” magazine is a school-lunch plate of liver and onions.

        No typical 12-year-old girl would voluntarily read about jobs, AP classes, and community service; they’d think it felt like homework disguised in a pretty cover. At that age, girls read magazines mainly for fun or because a topic honestly grabs their interest. They’ll look for practical tips when a specific need comes up, but that’s about it.

        • Pam Jacobs

          feel free to suggest a list of topics, l’m sure the magazine would be interested

  • Steve Dufour

    Is Girls’ Life published by the Girl Scouts?

    • Pam Jacobs

      no, it’s an independent magazine

  • Matthew Funke

    Even as a kid, I’d much rather have dated a woman who read the “Girls’ Life” on the right. It’s much more worthwhile (not to mention flattering) to have a relationship with a woman who knows what she wants out of life than with someone who has some vague idea of what she wants to look like.

    • AHD

      Oh Matthew.

      It’s not really about who you’d date 😂.

      • Matthew Funke

        Oh, no, of course not. I can see how my message would seem to indicate that dating me is supposed to be the grand prize or something. I didn’t mean to imply that. It’s just that I’m not a girl, and don’t intend to be — and as such, the closest I can get to one is in relationship. That said, if I’m looking for the sort I’d prefer to be in a relationship with, I’d rather it be with someone who’s trying to figure out how to wring out life for her own goals and enjoyment than someone who’s trying to figure out how to look better or how to get the attention of boys in some vague way.

        People like that are just generally more interesting to be around, especially in relationships as close as dating (or closer, naturally). That’s all I mean. So yeah, do it for yourself, first and foremost… but know that it makes you a better human as far as other people see you, too.

  • Norascats

    Where’s the Girls Having Fun issue? You know, the one with the girls out camping, hiking, swimming, playing sports. That’s where I’d want my granddaughters to be. They can put in a career section and and a column about fashion to please the advertisers..

    • Ingeborg Nordén

      I bet more middle-school girls would read a magazine with a few practical self-help articles (as you suggest) as long as most of the content was fun.

  • ComeLetUsReason

    This is awesome! Will anyone have enough guts to make these changes to help our young girls??

  • Most magazines are guilty of manipulating images or using stock ones so this is no surprise really!