Girls, Boys and Magazine Covers

What happens when you click on a Facebook link, then work backwards clicking on links in various blog posts?  You find yourself thinking about things that hadn’t crossed your mind in a long time – like marketing and stereotypes and what we’re teaching kids.

Here’s a picture comparison of current magazines at a county library, posted originally on Facebook:

Girls' Life vs. Boys' Life

Just what is that telling our girls?  

As writer Michele Yulo said at Women You Should Know, “You can read the copy and pretty much figure out that according to this magazine—a girl’s top priority is to “Wake Up Pretty”, and a boy’s is to “Explore Your Future.”

A colleague of hers, graphic designer Katherine Young, was just as appalled.  So Ms. Young  re-did the Girls’ Life cover to encourage girls in things far more important and life-altering than hair and fashion. (The new cover girl is  Olivia Hallisey, who won the Google Science Fair Grand Prize last year.)

Girls' Life Remade

Isn’t this awesome? What a world we could build if we focused girls on dreams, goal-setting, healthy bodies, service and scholarship!  Kudos to these women for spreading the word, once again, that we must straighten out our priorities.

For those of us who are small cogs in society’s big machine, what are we doing? What messages are we giving our girls in our conversations and our expectations? What magazines do we get for our daughters and granddaughters?

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3 Responses to Girls, Boys and Magazine Covers

  1. I had seen the new cover vs. the “real” one before, but not the girl vs. boy one. Wow, seriously?

    Thanks for doing your part, Jennifer, to stamp out this sexism. I’m off to share your post!

  2. Jennifer Jensen says:

    Thanks, Kass. My jaw just dropped when I saw it – how could I have been so unaware? So glad these ladies stepped up.

  3. LOVE that cover remake! The only magazine subscription I can remember getting for my daughter was for Nintendo Power. Now a college senior, she just attended her first job fair–rattled off a list of accomplishments, and all the recruiters she talked to said “give me your resume NOW.” So I guess NP wasn’t a bad choice. 🙂

    One thing she and I have discussed before is how the gender stereotyping in toys was much worse when she was growing up (and still is) than when I was, in the 70s and 80s.
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