Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Can I be serious for a second?

In response to this horrifically mind-numbing, dehumanizing, & vomit inducing article apparently written and published by former homemade lobotomy patients that like to clump human beings into single acronyms...

My response that I submitted to Teen Vogue:

"Maybe instead of telling impressionable young girls that it's normal to be in competition with other women, you should try giving them advice on how to be confident and secure with themselves, so they don't feel the need to compare themselves to anyone else. That way you wouldn't have to write such vapid articles that throw around superficial brand names and media stereotypes that apparently all teenagers should be aware of. That way you wouldn't have to compare human beings with all that aforementioned superficial crap. 

This article honestly made me sick to my stomach. I am so embarrassed this was conceived, let alone published, by women who supposedly have friends who happen to be gay, and more importantly, that you would subject this vapid filth to impressionable young minds. I am still waiting for the day when there is a mainstream magazine that publishes healthy, helpful, humorous articles for young women. Instead of crap about "Mulberry bags" and "Eric van der Woodsen", when most girls these articles are intended for cannot even afford such designer paraphernalia, nor should they be watching unhealthy shows like "Gossip Girl" which promote deteriorating stereotypes and, hello, GOSSIP. 

Use your power to help young girls feel secure, confident, and happy; not that they should have an overpriced handbag on one arm and some homosexual puppet on the other. You are teaching these children that all gay men are the same shiny new toy that all come in the same trendy packaging and when you pull their strings they all say the same sassy things. "It doesn't matter which one you pick, as long as he's gay he can be your new, trendy 'GBF'! Snag 'em up, while they last!" 

A person shouldn't be friends with someone because s/he thinks there will be less competition. That is not a healthy outlook on life, and you shouldn't be promoting that to children. You should be teaching them to love and focus on themselves, so they don't feel the need to compare to anyone, and if they happen to find a friend who happens to be gay in the process, WHO CARES? A friend is a friend. A person is a person. This is just pathetic and disgusting, and you owe the human race an apology. Such a shame."



AFitz said...

I heard about this last week and I am also writing a letter to teen vogue. I am actually extremely disappointed that they are printing this, because while I knew TV could be vapid at times, I still enjoyed the mag and thought it was better than a lot of fashiony stuff aimed at teens. But this is so....blah.

I am actually even more uncomfortable about this: http://www.teenvogue.com/connect/blogs/soundoff/2010/07/confessions-of-a-gbf.html
Reading this I thought, "ok, was this guy, an employee for Teen Vogue, asked to write this or did he just volunteer with 'hey you know what'd be neat?'" Because if he was asked, even in a really polite way, was he in a position to decline? Like, would he be considered a spoil sport on staff if he thought the article was stupid?
If I worked at a magazine with an all-male staff and they said "hey, why dont you talk about the ways in which you're a female cliche and how guys use you and how awesome it is?" I would sure as hell feel pissed off, especially if being a lady had nothing to do with my job.

Siobhan said...

That's insane - I almost can't believe the original piece got published. Great letter back though: they need to be told this shit simply isn't on and you put it perfectly.


Emily said...

you tell em'! you have no idea how happy i am that i am not growing up in this current generation..unfortunately my little sister is. however she seems to have a good head on her shoulders. but its things like this that make me scared out of my wits for her!

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Mae said...

I just discovered your blog, and after seeing an entry about beautiful unconventional tattoos, that video featuring Sarah Culbreth's work of art, and now this couldn't-agree-with-you-more article...

well, I'm hooked.

not to mention your style. you fuckin go, girl . thanks for being a human being .

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