Target: Ann Shoket, Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen Magazine
Goal: Remove sexual promotion from Seventeen Magazine’s online and print publications.
Seventeen Magazine’s most recent cover story promotes the movie Spring Breakers, starring Ashley Benson, 23, and Vanessa Hudgens, 24, rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and violence. The movie is getting attention primarily for its steamy sex scene between Hudgens and actor James Franco, and it’s rumored that the movie also shows a “threesome” in one scene. Seventeen’s target audience is teenage girls ages 12-19. Though the 17-19 year-old readers are old enough to go see this movie, should the other 12-16 year-old readers be exposed to this type of sexual content? The answer is NO.
Tween and teen girls should not be exposed to sexual promotion and graphic sexual information, and should not be encouraged in any way, explicitly or implicitly, to engage in sexual activity at such a young age. By idolizing women who are famous for being in a movie about sex, young girls are being sent the wrong message about their sexuality, that having sex will make them more like the woman on the cover of their favorite magazine.
Many young girls look to Seventeen Magazine, almost as a big sister, for advice about how to look and conduct themselves as they blossom from teens into young women. Please take a moment to let the editor of Seventeen know that a better example must be set for the young teens who read Seventeen Magazine.
Dear Ann Shoket,
Promoting movies like Spring Breakers, rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and violence, is an irresponsible use of Seventeen Magazine’s place of leadership and influence in the lives on tween and teen girls. I encourage you to make a statement against the reckless sexual activity and drug use in the movie you promoted, and discourage readers from adopting such practices. In the future, you must choose better role models for the young girls who look up to the young women highlighted in Seventeen.
Please take Seventeen’s leadership role seriously, and protect the lives of your young readers by setting more positive example in the content of your magazine.
[Your Name Here]
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