The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

 Feb. 17, 1997
(Copyright 1997. All rights reserved.)

'Young and Modern' an insult to teen girls

Tattoo Staff Writer

  In reading through a recent issue of Young and
Modern (a typical teenage magazine more commonly
known as YM) I found myself wondering how it
ever got to be more than a far-fetched idea in
an editors mind.
  The magazine depicts the teenage girl as a
boy-crazed, fashion-obsessed sex object, which
is far from the truth in most cases.
  Shallow images greet you before you even open
the magazine. Every cover shows an attractive
guy or girl in the most fashionable outfits and
the latest hairstyles. Along with this comes
mind-diminishing article titles such as "Never
get dumped again," "Get the hair guys worship,"
"Zero zit guide," and "The best jeans for your
  This infers that all girls care about is their
physical appearance and the opposite sex. There
is no mention of anything which reflects the
intellectual side of the person, which should be
her most valued and important side.
  This magazine may lead a self-conscious or
unsure teenager to believe that her body and her
social life are the most important aspect of her
teen years.
  The pages between the glossy cover are no
  In the table of contents are groups of
articles organized under titles, including
advice, guys, fashion, beauty stars, etc. Not
one group ­ or even one article ­ is directed
towards a young woman’s mind. The only time
school is mentioned is in fall issues where
models show off the new, back-to-school
  After reading the entire magazine, I began to
wonder why people would buy it. I came to only
one conclusion: teenage girls buy this magazine
for entertainment only and give no second
thoughts to the actual content. I can only hope
that no one has only the values expressed within
the magazine.
  If you’re looking for some leisure reading
with lots of pictures and advertisements, then
YM is the magazine for you. If you’re looking
for quality reading, don’t even bother to pick
it up.