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archive: Real teen life in Rookie magazine
Questions to Consider:
- Who is the target audience?
- What messages are being sent to their audience?
- Why is it important that teen girls make their own media?
What We Think:
Rookie magazine is the best current alternative to the garbage available for teenage girls today, like Seventeen and Teen Vogue (boo!). It’s an online magazine for teenage girls that covers subjects from fashion to feminist topics and issues that girls are going through. There are tons of great things about Rookie, but key among them:
- covers race and class authentically and realistically
- talks about delicious candy a lot
- editor is a teenager (Tavi Gevinson) who gets some help from grown women
- this book, a compendium of articles from its first year, Rookie Yearbook One
- this book, from it’s second year, Rookie Yearbook Two
- depiction of real, funny, great relationships between teen girls and women in their 20s and 30s
- this article: “Eating: a Manifesto”, in which this is written:
“Could we stop feeling ‘guilty’ for wanting an effing brownie? Or a plate of fries? Could we stop actively seeking permission from our friends to go ahead and ‘be bad’ and order the cheesecake? Could we all just go ahead and order whatever it is that we feel like eating, instead of saying, ‘Oh, I feel like a pig, you guys are just getting salads’? Because—now I know this will come as a shock—WOMEN EAT. We get hungry. We get hungry for pizzas and Double Stuf Oreos and nachos and ice cream and giant French-toast breakfasts, and you know what? WE DON’T NEED TO FEEL BAD ABOUT THAT.”